P&O Cruises had recently announced it will offer a record number of sailings to Victoria in 2015-16 that included Portland as an overnight stopping point.
Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl both stopped in Portland during February and March 2015 where up to 1,500 people disembarked to visit Portland and surrounding areas for day trips. Christians Bus Co were proud supporters of the cruises, providing up to 14 coaches on any particular day the ships were docked at Portland.
About 800 passengers took up organised tours on 25th February 2015, taking in the 12 Apostles, Cape Bridgewater, Flagstaff Hill, Port Fairy and other south-west attractions. Darren Williams, regional manager for Christians Bus Co said the passengers had a fantastic time getting out and exploring the region’s rich maritime history and culture.
“It’s very exciting not only for Portland, but for Christians Bus Co as we partake in the expansion of the P&O cruise ships to this part of Victoria.”
“I’m surprised at how well Portland took to the day, it was wonderful to have the market there to look through and the whole town was so welcoming. We know that we have some amazing sites in close proximity to Portland and we are thrilled to be able to provide our luxury coaches to transfer the passengers around to and from the various locations.”
Darren said there were some stressful times trying to account for the large amount of tourists on each bus, but overall it was a terrific learning experience and the day ran relatively smoothly.
The Pacific Pearl departed Portland for Kangaroo Island on the night of the 25th Feb. The Pacific Jewel is expected to arrive on the morning of the 26th February.