A huge cruise ship has moored at Portland Port on a cold and muggy Wednesday morning following a Transatlantic journey to Europe. Celebrity Apex. The port is a large docking area and can take cruise ships and HMS vessels given its infrastructure, gives passengers an easy way to depart the ship and explore Dorset and excursions across the South West.
Celebrity Apex, which can hold up to 3,405 passengers on board, moored between 7.30am and 8am today following its journey from Fort Lauderdale in Florida on Monday, April 30. After several days at sea, the vessel docked at Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island in Portugal on Saturday (May 7), and Brest in France yesterday (Tuesday, May 10).
Passengers on the Celebrity Apex are expected to either stay onboard or take a coach trip to enjoy Stonehenge, or simply visit Weymouth or Portland. The cruise ship has 15 decks with 1,467 cabins as well as 29 restaurants, bars and lounges, spas, pools, casino and more.
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The cruise ship even has a Rooftop Garden, the adults-only Solarium pool, theatre, shops and a Magic Carpet which is described as “a cantilevered, floating platform” that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level.
The cruise ship is expected to leave Portland Port at 8pm this evening, with some entertainment at the port as they say goodbye to the American cruise ship. Celebrity Apex will sail to Le Havre in France tomorrow (Thursday, May 12), visit Zeebrugge near Bruges in Belgium on Friday (May 13) before docking at Amsterdam on Saturday (May 14).
The visit of multiple cruise ships offers a boost to the local economy, with coach drivers, port staff and hospitality figures benefiting from helping accommodate passengers in Dorset and beyond.
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