Cruise ship which featured on popular show docks at Portland

Regal Princess at Portland Port <i>(Image: Zoe Ayton)</i>
Regal Princess at Portland Port (Image: Zoe Ayton)

A huge cruise ship which has featured on TV has docked in Portland Port.

The Regal Princess arrived at Portland today (Monday, April 22), at around 6.53am after travelling from Southampton overnight.

The cruise ship, which carries 3,560 passengers, is a regular visitor to Dorset and has even featured in the Channel Five show The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea.

The 20-episode series followed groups of holidaymakers as they sailed through the Mediterranean aboard the luxurious cruise ship.

The ship was built in 2014 and has 19 decks, complete with a casino, freshwater pools and hot tubs, a sports court perfect for both basketball and volleyball, as well as an art gallery and additional shops.

One of the highlights of the ship, which is currently sailing under the flag of Bermuda, is its SeaWalk, a 60ft long glass walkway which sits 128ft above the waves and extending 28ft beyond the edge of the ship.

The boat was christened by the original cast of American sitcom, The Love Boat, and is also a sister ship to the Royal Princess.

On March 5, 2019, Regal Princess rescued two people after their private plane crashed into the Caribbean near Grand Turk.

There is the capacity for 1,346 crew members on the boat which has an impressive length of 1,083 feet.

It is understood that the Regal Princess will make around six visits to Portland this cruise season.