On the 6th August 2681 passengers disembarked the AIDAstella; breaking last years record number of passengers to disembark for the day at Portland Port. This is another milestone for Portland, a port that is continuing to develop their cruise offering in the South West using growing support from Weymouth and Portland to help them market the destination to cruise lines world wide.
As thousands of German passengers disembarked the AIDAstella they were greeted by Stuart Cave the Portland Town Crier, a crew of interpreters acting as tourism representatives for Weymouth and Portland and a fleet of shuttle busses to take them to Weymouth and Portland free of charge. Ian McQuade, General Manager – Business Development, was available to comment on the ports continuing growth in the cruise industry; “This is another impressive milestone for the port. It is incredible to see just how far the port has come over the last 5 years.”
Wednesdays visit saw the final call of old friend the AIDAstella, she has visited Portland 8 times over the last 2 years bring over 17000 passengers with her in that time. The port wishes her the best of luck in her future travels and we hope to see her again soon. Bettina Collins was on the quayside directing the German passengers throughout the AIDAstellas final call; “A huge number of people are so relieved to have German speakers there because especially older passengers do not speak English. I also think they really like Weymouth, it, just the right size for a stroll, they love the harbour area, the esplanade and the beach.“
Whilst this is the final chapter for AIDAstella, at least for the time being, AIDA cruises will be back again in 2015, Portland Ports continued growth in the cruise industry will not be coming to an end anytime soon. The new cruise extension to be completed by summer 2016 will allow the port to welcome some of the biggest cruise ships in the world.