Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

18 A record season for Foyle Port Foyle Port in Ireland’s Northwest has had a record year for cruise operations, welcoming 16,000 passengers and crew across 18 ships during the 2023 cruise season. The port received maiden calls from eight ships, including a visit by Explora I from MSC Group’s new luxury cruise brand, Explora Journeys, and the freshly refurbished Renaissance from recently launched French cruise line, Compagnie Française de Croisières. The port in Derry-Londonderry provides access into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in one visit, giving passengers the opportunity to discover the local coastlines, countryside, and beaches, as well as the historic city itself. In 2023, Portland Port completed a new deep-water berth and extended the existing outer coaling pier, the largest ever investment by the port in its facilities. The £25 million ($30.7 million) investment saw the creation of 16,000 square metres of new quayside space and delivered two berths capable of handling cruise ships up to 350 metres in length simultaneously. The investment has enabled Portland Port to welcome 55 cruise calls and nearly 130,000 guests during its record-breaking 2023 season. Portland Port’s multimillionpound investment pays off When it launches in 2024, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Treasure will pay homage to the fictional land of Agrabah from Aladdin in the ship’s Grand Hall. Photo: Disney Cruise Lines Photo: Portland Port Group Photo: Foyle Port MARKETWATCH