thetraveltrunk.net was given access to see how a visiting cruise ship was hosted at Portland Port in Dorset. The brand new ship The MS Aida Stella with over 2,000 passengers on board arrived in the early morning sunshine as passengers ate breakfast. Soon after they were smoothly on their way but this time on the road in over 30 coaches booked for the trips to tourist destinations all over the South of England. These included Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, The New Forest, Weymouth and Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast.
The port at Portland is getting on the cruise shipping charts as it is a growing business for the former Naval port with 20 ships due to visit during the year. The port has worked really hard to provide the passengers and the ship with an efficient service with just one day in the port everything has to be just right.
As the coaches swept in and out of the secured area the passengers had no time to wait before they were going from ship to shore to seating on the tourist buses.
As the ship departed from the port a Victorian Royal Artillery re-enactenment group caused a real sensation when they fire the former military cannon on the dockside.
They teased the passengers with a first firing that ended in a dull thud... but as the ship started to move away from the shore, a thunderous bang rang out with a huge red flash as the passengers cheered and whistled the noisy salute the ship left the port enroute to Hamburg.