The Port of PORTLAND kicked off its cruise season with the arrival of the first ship.
Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic inspiration arrived around 6am yesterday.
The ship’s captain was presented with a stone plaque in a traditional exchange and received a three-gun salute upon departure.
Ian McQuade, Managing Director of Portland Port, said: “We were delighted to start the port’s cruise season, on a beautiful sunny day, with an inaugural tour of Hanseatic-inspired Hapag-Lloyd. The vessel is one of three new Expedition Class vessels and is currently en route to its homeport of Hamburg.
“I presented the captain with one of our unique hand-carved Portland stone plaques as part of a traditional exchange.”
Hanseatic Inspiration is the first cruise ship to arrive in port since early 2020.
Mr McQuade continued: “For the first time since the start of the pandemic, passengers were greeted at the platform by two of our multilingual hospitality team members.
“The port has also arranged for a harpist to perform for the passengers on board and volunteers from Nothe Fort Artillery will fire a three-gun salute as she departs.
“We hope the ship and passengers have an enjoyable day exploring the area.”
The ship is only three years old, was built in 2019 and has a total length of 139 meters.
The ship, christened in Hamburg in October 2019 by round-the-world navigator Laura Dekker, accommodates 230 passengers, limited to 199 in Antarctica and Spitsbergen, and caters to German and English speakers.
Its top speed is 16 knots and it offers retractable glass balconies on either side of the hull to give passengers “the feeling of floating on water”.