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Record-breaking season for Portland Port
6:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
PORTLAND Port has enjoyed a record-breaking season with more than 20,000 passengers visiting the quayside during the summer months.
The port had its busiest season yet with 19 cruise ships welcomed between May and September with stops from cruise lines including Phoenix Reisen, Crystal Cruises and Aida.
They were welcomed by Portland town crier Stuart Cave, who greeted the passengers off the ship as they embarked on tours of local attractions or explored the area.
Ian McQuade, general manager of Portland Port, said: “Portland has enjoyed its most successful cruise season to date and next year is set to be better again with the likes of Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Aida cruise lines all making return visits to the port.
“We would like to thank all those involved in the successful running of the cruise calls, including the Portland town crier, local language speakers, quayside entertainers and the Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers.
“All of these people make a massive contribution to the enjoyment of our cruise passengers.
“It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends from the cruise sector, both old and new, to promote the benefits of including Portland Port in their itineraries.
“Portland has now established itself as an attractive alternative to more traditional cruise ports and I hope that we will be adding new cruise lines to our growing list of customers in 2015.”
Passengers explored the sights and attractions of Weymouth and Portland using courtesy shuttle buses provided by the port authority or made excursions to Sherborne and Abbotsbury.
The port also recruited local language speakers to help Portland’s foreign visitors and offered them tourist information in their native tongue.
Next year’s cruise season will start in May and, with around 20 cruise calls already confirmed, it is set to be another busy year at Portland Port.
For more information about Portland Port visit portland-port.co.uk or send an email to email@example.com
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