Portland - UK, England

Portland is located on a peninsula on the south coast of Dorset, southern England. The white limestone which is quarried here, Portland stone, has been used extensively on buildings ever since Sir Christopher Wren used it for St Paul's Cathedral in London. A naval establishment was built at the peninsula's southernmost tip, the Portland Bill, after World War II but is now closed. The 18th-century Pennsylvania Castle (now a hotel) was built for John Penn, the grandson of the founder of Pennsylvania in the United States; in its grounds are the remains of the 11th-century Rufus Castle. A remarkable geographical feature at Portland is Chesil Beach. This is a narrow bank of shingle more than 16 km (10 mi) long and enclosed between Chesil Beach and the mainland is a freshwater lake called the Fleet. There is a lighthouse on Portland Bill, the southern tip of the the Portland peninsula. From here you can visit the seaside resort of Weymouth, the swannery at Abbotsbury and the famous Tank Museum at Bovington. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.