Maritime & Marine

Published: April 27, 2022 | Updated: April 28, 2022

Warm welcome for MS Deutschland as the Port of Poole hosts this season’s first cruise vessel

MS Deutschland leaving Poole after her day-long visit. Picture: Darryl Morrell.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

The Port of Poole’s 2022 cruise season is officially under way.

MS Deutschland, a 520-guest vessel operated by German-based company Phoenix Reisen, became the first passenger cruise ship to visit the port this year on April 26.

She left shortly after 6pm following a day-long visit.

To mark the occasion, Captain Hubert Flohr, Master of the 175m vessel, was presented with a Port of Poole plaque by Captain Brian Murphy, Harbour Master and Marine & Port Director at Poole Harbour Commissioners.

Captain Murphy said: “We’re very excited to welcome the MS Deutschland to the Port of Poole to kick off our cruise season.

“To see our 200m cruise berth being occupied by this beautiful vessel, set among the stunning views of Poole Harbour, is a fantastic sight.

“As with other ports, we have had a very challenging time during the past two years, so it’s great to see guests returning to these incredible ships.

“Their visits are also good news for the local economy, with the attractions at Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch all close at hand.

“Easily within reach are the likes of Jurassic Coast hiking in the Purbecks, Dorset panorama coach experiences and Stonehenge.

“We take great pride in the exceptional service levels provided at the Port of Poole by our highly experienced team, who fully understand the needs of cruise ship operators and their guests.

“Their every need is taken care of, and we’re looking forward to providing our warm welcome and hospitality throughout the season.”

Built in 1998, the Deutschland has a 22,496 gross tonnage.

She left Bremerhaven in Germany on April 22 for a ten-day roundtrip cruise.

Before arriving in Poole, the ship also visited London Tilbury and Dover.

She left Dorset to cross the English Channel for Rouen in France.

Other stops are planned in Honfleur, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam before arriving back in Bremerhaven on May 2.

Seven more cruise ship visits are expected to Poole this year.