German Tourists Come to Dorset for Slice of British History
9:17am 22nd May 2013
2,000 German cruise passengers docked at Portland Port to enjoy a day out in Dorset.
They were on board the AidAstella, which has only been in service for two months.
Portland Port provided four German translators who were able to give the holiday makers advice on top local tourist destinations to visit.
Bettina Collins, one of the translators said; "Its an enjoyable experience being able to welcome all these passengers to Weymouth and Portland, I think it is important to make them feel at home and ensure that they have a good understanding of all the fantastic local things on offer here".
Whilst observing operations from the quayside Ian McQuade, commercial manager, said; "Portland Port has been delighted with the start to the new cruise season and the arrival of the AIDAstella is a very important first for us. 2013 will now see 19 calls and over 20,000 passengers visit the port" before joking "though it seems with some reports the numbers are even higher. That is something we are working on for the future".