Crusie Ships - Walking Tourism
Over three years ago Portland Port and Derek Luckhurst first met to discuss an Underwater Curiosity Park with the idea of creating a novel dive site in Portland Harbour that is resilient to poor weather conditions and, therefore, ideal for beginners and a haven for the more experienced divers inFull Summary
Cruise Ships - Walking Tourism
With 22 cruise ships scheduled to call in to Portland during 2015 carrying over 26,000 tourists, over 50% of whom are Americans, the regeneration project aims to promote and reinvigorate Castletown as an historic stop off for the cruise ship passengers.
In addition to the Henry VIII castle which is Castletown's main historic attraction and is a short walk from the cruise liners berth, a section within the Castletown Heritage Centre will have an American themed tribute to those who embarked from Castletown for the D-Day landings. Additional attractions and facilities will be added in due course, these being:-
- A Sherman tank is currently being sourced so as to be located on the extra wide pavement adjacent to Admiralty Buildings and outside the Heritage Centre.
- The seasonal Weymouth to Portland ferry service, using 37’ and 40’ ferry boats running a couple of services a day in the peak season and when the cruise ships dock.
- A simple rowing ferry service to the Mulberry Harbours (similar to the Weymouth Pavilion to Nothe Quay ferry) could be established, subject, of course, to the necessary permissions.
- Further development of the area will include restoration of the public conveniences and public phone box.