Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season sets sail

Dorset Echo: Ryndam cruise ship arrived at Portland port last week Ryndam cruise ship arrived at Portland port last week

THOUSANDS of visitors are set to pour into Portland Port as the island gets set for a record-breaking summer.

The big cruise season officially got underway at the port with the first of a number of visits from major international liners.

More than 24,000 passengers are set to descend on Weymouth and Portland with the 2014 cruise season shaping up to bigger and better than ever.

It comes as Portland Port has recently embarked on a major programme of works to serve the ever-growing number of visiting cruise lines.

And plans are in place for local businesses to make the most of what is set to be an economic boost for the resort.

The Azores, operating on behalf of German cruise line Ambiente Kreuzfahrten, and the Ryndam, of major US operator Holland America Line, both arrived last week, bringing nearly 2,000 passengers with them.

These are the first two inaugural calls out of six first timers for the 2014 cruise season.

The Eurodam is another Holland America Line ship calling at Portland for the first time, with the 285-metre vessel deciding to stay at Portland for 15 hours this week.

Portland will also see the return of old friends the Brilliance of the Seas and the AIDAstella.

The line-up of spectacular cruise ships will be capped by the first visit of a Costa Cruises vessel in September.

Staff at Portland Port said they are ‘excited’ about the summer months.

General manager Ian McQuade said: “Portland Port has seen record figures for cruise calls and passengers in recent years and already 2015 is looking good, with a berth capable of handling ships up to 340m LOA from 2016.”

Work on the first of the new mooring bollards is expected to soon begin and when completed will enable the port to handle some of the largest cruise ships.

The port was present at the Cruise Shipping Miami event on the Cruise Britain stand to promote the new berth.

This event is the major showcase of the year for the cruise industry and will give us the opportunity to brief all the cruise lines face to face on the berth extension.

Mr McQuade added: “We want to ensure that Portland Port gets full consideration for inclusion in many 2016 itineraries.”

Portland borough and county councillor Paul Kimber said it was ‘tremendous news’ that Portland Port was set for such a good season and welcomed the boost it would give to the island.

He added: “It is a boost for the local economy and it’s what we have been working towards – we need to keep creating jobs and this will bring more people to the area.”

For more information on this year’s cruise ships visit portland-port.co.uk/cruise/cruise-calls

Visitor experience

EFFORTS are being made to keep visitors arriving at Portland Port on cruise ships in the local area.

Julie Cleaver, president of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are working with Weymouth BID and Portland Port to try and encourage more of the passengers to stay in the local area.

“At the moment around 50 per cent of those on cruise ships stay local and our aim is to get more of them to do so and make the most of what is on offer nearby rather than going on tours to Salisbury or Stonehenge.”

She added: “Many local businesses have already been benefitting from the increasing numbers of cruise ships in the past couple of years.”

She also told the Echo that the Weymouth BID was working on the idea of giving passengers a map of the local area when they arrive at the port.

KEY features of the Portland Port development include:

  • Capability to handle ships up to 340m;
  • Construction of new, heavy duty, mooring and breasting dolphins;
  • Addition of a new suite of 150t mooring bollards on existing berth and on new dolphins;
  • High capacity pneumatic floating fenders;
  • Minimum water depth 9.6m;
  • Large service apron;
  • Entry into service 2016.

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7:10am Tue 6 May 14

average_kinda_guy says...

Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail.

Is it me or does that headline make no sense?
Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail. Is it me or does that headline make no sense? average_kinda_guy
  • Score: 3

8:02am Tue 6 May 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

Hmmm... Weymouth Bid... Will be handing out local information to the visitors??? Was it not Weymouth BID that stated they will NOT be advertising Portland?!
Hmmm... Weymouth Bid... Will be handing out local information to the visitors??? Was it not Weymouth BID that stated they will NOT be advertising Portland?! PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 4

11:11am Tue 6 May 14

whatever66 says...

presumptions again and when they arrive what have they got a town full of pubs and charity shops what a great place to visit if the council has any sense what so ever they will provide buses straight to Dorchester bypassing the slum called Weymouth
presumptions again and when they arrive what have they got a town full of pubs and charity shops what a great place to visit if the council has any sense what so ever they will provide buses straight to Dorchester bypassing the slum called Weymouth whatever66
  • Score: -1

12:17pm Tue 6 May 14

Caption Sensible says...

Central Weymouth needs to smarten itself up, pretty damned fast then!
Central Weymouth needs to smarten itself up, pretty damned fast then! Caption Sensible
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Tue 6 May 14

Top Gear says...

Must be budget cruises to stop off at Portland.
Must be budget cruises to stop off at Portland. Top Gear
  • Score: -7

1:20pm Tue 6 May 14

Get a grip says...

PORTLAND ROVER wrote:
Hmmm... Weymouth Bid... Will be handing out local information to the visitors??? Was it not Weymouth BID that stated they will NOT be advertising Portland?!
Weymouth BID is paid for by Weymouth business by a an extra charge on the busines rates to promote Weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]PORTLAND ROVER[/bold] wrote: Hmmm... Weymouth Bid... Will be handing out local information to the visitors??? Was it not Weymouth BID that stated they will NOT be advertising Portland?![/p][/quote]Weymouth BID is paid for by Weymouth business by a an extra charge on the busines rates to promote Weymouth. Get a grip
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Tue 6 May 14

trymybest says...

average_kinda_guy wrote:
Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail.

Is it me or does that headline make no sense?
There is no "gets" in the headline.
[quote][p][bold]average_kinda_guy[/bold] wrote: Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail. Is it me or does that headline make no sense?[/p][/quote]There is no "gets" in the headline. trymybest
  • Score: -3

2:17pm Tue 6 May 14

trymybest says...

24,000 passengers buying a ice cream for a start in Portland and Weymouth is more than Condor Passengers will ever spend in Weymouth as Condor have asked for in the past and will more so in the future, a fast road out of Weymouth so that their passenger can get home quickly.
24,000 passengers buying a ice cream for a start in Portland and Weymouth is more than Condor Passengers will ever spend in Weymouth as Condor have asked for in the past and will more so in the future, a fast road out of Weymouth so that their passenger can get home quickly. trymybest
  • Score: 6

2:23pm Tue 6 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

trymybest says...There is no "gets" in the headline.
There was earlier until Echo staff belatedly read the comments.
Wake up at the back!
trymybest says...There is no "gets" in the headline. There was earlier until Echo staff belatedly read the comments. Wake up at the back! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Tue 6 May 14

JoeyJo says...

trymybest wrote:
average_kinda_guy wrote:
Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail.

Is it me or does that headline make no sense?
There is no "gets" in the headline.
There was until average_kinda_guy pointed it out. A proof reading job going spare anyone?
[quote][p][bold]trymybest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]average_kinda_guy[/bold] wrote: Portland set for record breaking numbers of visitors as bumper cruise season gets sets sail. Is it me or does that headline make no sense?[/p][/quote]There is no "gets" in the headline.[/p][/quote]There was until average_kinda_guy pointed it out. A proof reading job going spare anyone? JoeyJo
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

A great opportunity arising, what a shame the people of Portland not only have to compete with weymouth bitterness and usurping, but the time when they need an independent council to fight for what they have deserved for so long....a bunch of incompetent aragons in the PTC, who have shown time and time again, like "Dave" ...."there in it for themselves"
A great opportunity arising, what a shame the people of Portland not only have to compete with weymouth bitterness and usurping, but the time when they need an independent council to fight for what they have deserved for so long....a bunch of incompetent aragons in the PTC, who have shown time and time again, like "Dave" ...."there in it for themselves" Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 8

5:23pm Tue 6 May 14

trymybest says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
trymybest says...There is no "gets" in the headline.
There was earlier until Echo staff belatedly read the comments.
Wake up at the back!
Sorry l will try harder next time, LOL.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: trymybest says...There is no "gets" in the headline. There was earlier until Echo staff belatedly read the comments. Wake up at the back![/p][/quote]Sorry l will try harder next time, LOL. trymybest
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

trymybest wrote:
24,000 passengers buying a ice cream for a start in Portland and Weymouth is more than Condor Passengers will ever spend in Weymouth as Condor have asked for in the past and will more so in the future, a fast road out of Weymouth so that their passenger can get home quickly.
That's how to look at business.... ;-)

What about the heritage? Tours? This Island is log -jammed with history!!

Remember the three rules of of refinery, light, space, simplicity. Stick to those and you can turn a duck pond into a Maldive retreat.

Portland Island is open for investment !
[quote][p][bold]trymybest[/bold] wrote: 24,000 passengers buying a ice cream for a start in Portland and Weymouth is more than Condor Passengers will ever spend in Weymouth as Condor have asked for in the past and will more so in the future, a fast road out of Weymouth so that their passenger can get home quickly.[/p][/quote]That's how to look at business.... ;-) What about the heritage? Tours? This Island is log -jammed with history!! Remember the three rules of of refinery, light, space, simplicity. Stick to those and you can turn a duck pond into a Maldive retreat. Portland Island is open for investment ! Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 12

5:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?
Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 6

5:42pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Zummerzet Lad wrote:
Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?
Simple. let weymouth have the chaff..Portland deserves the wheat. The slave has bought its masters farm.
[quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?[/p][/quote]Simple. let weymouth have the chaff..Portland deserves the wheat. The slave has bought its masters farm. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 8

6:29pm Tue 6 May 14

portland rebel says...

and still the council wont do anything about the neglect they have festered for years.
and still the council wont do anything about the neglect they have festered for years. portland rebel
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Tue 6 May 14

cosmick says...

I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}.
We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships.
I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}. We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships. cosmick
  • Score: 9

7:14pm Tue 6 May 14

Hunter4 says...

What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??
What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance?? Hunter4
  • Score: -7

7:23pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

cosmick wrote:
I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}.
We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships.
Excellent forward thinking cosmick, sham the local portland town council don't push the money and efforts outwards and help the Island people, instead of worrying about how to fill their boots.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}. We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships.[/p][/quote]Excellent forward thinking cosmick, sham the local portland town council don't push the money and efforts outwards and help the Island people, instead of worrying about how to fill their boots. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 6

7:24pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Hunter4 wrote:
What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??
Spoken like someone who belongs in the now dead weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]Hunter4[/bold] wrote: What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??[/p][/quote]Spoken like someone who belongs in the now dead weymouth. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: -1

7:36pm Tue 6 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

cosmick wrote:
I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}.
We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships.
Only problem is...thanks to EU laws and local planing corruption..you wanna try to do that unless you got as brown envelope?
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: I know some of you are people with a few good ideas, what about this, find an empty shop or something like it , even use a porter cabin or the like, fill it with information about the area and staff who could be used to take money for booking trips ect or entrace fees to attractions, and i know you will think i:m silly but call it something like {TOURIST INFOMATION CENTER}. We may then be able to take money off people who visit {forward looking} PORTLAND on the visiting ships.[/p][/quote]Only problem is...thanks to EU laws and local planing corruption..you wanna try to do that unless you got as brown envelope? Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: -3

8:47pm Tue 6 May 14

Get a grip says...

Hunter4 wrote:
What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??
They are coming to look at many of the attractions in Dorset not just the delights of Portland and Weymouth
[quote][p][bold]Hunter4[/bold] wrote: What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??[/p][/quote]They are coming to look at many of the attractions in Dorset not just the delights of Portland and Weymouth Get a grip
  • Score: 10

7:30am Wed 7 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

whatever66 wrote:
presumptions again and when they arrive what have they got a town full of pubs and charity shops what a great place to visit if the council has any sense what so ever they will provide buses straight to Dorchester bypassing the slum called Weymouth
What do you expect them to do? Shopping?
[quote][p][bold]whatever66[/bold] wrote: presumptions again and when they arrive what have they got a town full of pubs and charity shops what a great place to visit if the council has any sense what so ever they will provide buses straight to Dorchester bypassing the slum called Weymouth[/p][/quote]What do you expect them to do? Shopping? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 0

7:32am Wed 7 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
Zummerzet Lad wrote:
Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?
Simple. let weymouth have the chaff..Portland deserves the wheat. The slave has bought its masters farm.
You do say some bizarre things.
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?[/p][/quote]Simple. let weymouth have the chaff..Portland deserves the wheat. The slave has bought its masters farm.[/p][/quote]You do say some bizarre things. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 4

7:34am Wed 7 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

Hunter4 wrote:
What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??
I love this utter contempt for where they live that's such a distinctive characteristic of Brits. You just don't hear people in any other country being so relentlessly dismissive and contemptuous of the country or the town where they live than in Britain. If you really have no awareness of what Dorset has to offer (not just Portland), then really maybe you ought to get out and about a bit more.
[quote][p][bold]Hunter4[/bold] wrote: What a beautiful cruise destination.....Why would you want to stop off at Montego bay, Aruba or the seychelles when you can go to Portland on a cruise ship! My word, did the company pay the passengers in this instance??[/p][/quote]I love this utter contempt for where they live that's such a distinctive characteristic of Brits. You just don't hear people in any other country being so relentlessly dismissive and contemptuous of the country or the town where they live than in Britain. If you really have no awareness of what Dorset has to offer (not just Portland), then really maybe you ought to get out and about a bit more. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 17

5:22pm Fri 9 May 14

every user name was taken says...

Zummerzet Lad wrote:
Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?
As I have previously stated in another post, Portland Port charge RFA ships in excess of £20,000 a week and that was a few years ago. What kind of price do you think that they would charge for berthing 2 larger vessels than they currently have? You would then have to budget in the cost for the terminal rental, and parking facility's for up to 200 vehicles. Portland Port is not competitive.
[quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: Once again the question arises: If Portland Port can bring large cruise ships in to bolster local economy and offer transport to sightseeing locations using existing roads, why is this still not an option for Condor if Weymouth is no good for their soon to arrive larger vessel?[/p][/quote]As I have previously stated in another post, Portland Port charge RFA ships in excess of £20,000 a week and that was a few years ago. What kind of price do you think that they would charge for berthing 2 larger vessels than they currently have? You would then have to budget in the cost for the terminal rental, and parking facility's for up to 200 vehicles. Portland Port is not competitive. every user name was taken
  • Score: -1

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