A cruise ship that was christened by an American comedian and is used by a rock band for an annual performance has called into Portland Port.

The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship arrived at the port today (Tuesday, May 7) at around 1.15pm after travelling overnight from Cobh in Ireland.

This is the first visit by the ship, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, to the port and is reported to be carrying around 2,394 passengers.

The ship is to set sail from 9.30pm tonight to Le Havre, France before finishing its two week cruise in Southampton on Thursday, May 9.

She was built in 2006 and christened by American comedian and television producer, Rosie O’Donnell. The ship is also used by the rock group Kiss for their annual Kruise tours since 2012.