UK. Norwegian Star the final sparkle in Portland Port’s 2015 Cruise Season

Portland Port - Portland Harbour Authority, UKOn Sunday the final 2,160 passengers arrived back at the Norwegian Star after a full day’s exploring, the Nothe Forte Artillery Volunteers then fired the final 3 shots of 2015 as the Norwegian Star departed and Portland Port’s cruise season drew to a close.

2015 saw another record year for both ship calls, 23 in total, and passenger numbers – around 26,500, as Portland Port’s cruise programme continues to grow in reputation throughout the cruise industry.

During 2015 the port welcomed 5 new cruise ships into the port for the first time, celebrated Crystal Cruises 25th anniversary with both of their vessels visiting the port, picked up another industry leading award and welcomed Norwegian Cruise Lines to Portland for the first time.

Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, concluded: “2015 has been an excellent year for us in the cruise sector with record numbers and plenty of inaugural calls. We are now looking to build on this success and are already planning for 2017.”

Whilst cruise lines continue to frequent Portland, the port is always planning ahead for the next two years. The main focus looking ahead to 2017 will be the introduction of an extended cruise berth which will allow ships in excess of 330m long to visit the port.

Mr McQuade commented: “the berth extension will transform our capabilities and will enable us to remain competitive for many years to come.”

(Portland Port)