Another British port is about to put itself on the cruise map. Portland, in Dorset, is the venue for the sailing events in the 2012 Olympics and today provided turnround facilities for the Hebridean Princess for the first time.
Next year, the port’s refurbished cruise terminal will be used by the Seven Seas Voyager, HAL’s Prinsendam, and Peter Deilmann’s Deutschland.
The harbour was used by the Royal Navy until 1996, and has been the UK home port for RMS St Helena, which carries passengers, cargo and the Royal Mail on regular scheduled voyages to the island of St Helena
Portland might be a bit out of the way for passengers setting out from the UK’s main population centres, but it is an ideal port of call for tourists planning to visit the Jurassic Coast, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Glastonbury, and Thomas Hardy country.
The Olympics could see cruise ships berthed at Portland to provide accommodation for competitors and spectators.