A MASSIVE cruise ship, carrying over 600 people, has become the first passenger ship to visit Poole Harbor this year.
The MS Deutschland, a 175m cruise ship operated by German company Phoenix Reisen, arrived in Poole from Dover around 6am on Tuesday April 26, as part of a voyage through parts of the ‘Europe.
To mark the occasion, Captain Hubert Flohr – Captain of Deutschland – received a Poole Harbor Plaque from Captain Brian Murphy, Harbor Master and Harbor Manager of Poole Harbor Commissioners.
Captain Murphy said: “We are very pleased to welcome MS Deutschland to Poole Port to kick off our cruising season. To see our 200m cruise berth occupied by this magnificent vessel, set amongst the stunning views of Poole Harbor is a fantastic sight.
“As with other ports, we have gone through a very difficult time over the past two years, so it is great to see guests returning to these incredible ships. Their visits are also good news for the local economy, with the attractions of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch within easy reach.
“And easily within reach are Jurassic Coast hikes in the Purbecks, scenic coach experiences in Dorset and Stonehenge.
“We are very proud of the exceptional levels of service provided to Poole Port by our highly experienced team, who fully understand the needs of cruise ship operators and their guests.
“All of their needs are catered for and we look forward to extending our warm welcome and hospitality to them throughout the season.
According to CruiseMapper.com, the ship will leave Poole and arrive in Rouen, France on Wednesday. There are also plans to visit cities like Antwerp and Amsterdam.
The Deutschland, which also sails as World Odyssey, was first launched in 1998 and is decorated in the style of 1920s cruise ships. During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the ship as a host ship.