We can confirm that we have heard from Princess Cruises about their decision to not visit Portland on their cruise today. They were due to dock today, but with two protests about the Barge, in the interests of safety have chosen not too.
Reports from an resident eyewitness says the first protest was peaceful and "humanitarian", but the second one that was due to depart at 12 noon, was likely to be "a lot louder", that was forming in Victoria Square. Chesil Radio has chosen not to attend today.
We contacted Princess Cruises last night and their response was from their PR team:
"Due to protests anticipated in Portland, UK, on Saturday, July 8, Regal Princess will bypass its scheduled call there and spend the day at sea instead. "The decision was made in the interest of the safety and security of our guests and crew following our security team’s consultation with local authorities. "The remainder of the Regal Princess’ itinerary for the 12-night British Isles voyage that departed Southampton in July 7 will not be affected. "We regret any disappointment this unexpected itinerary change may cause our guests."
We hope this goes off peacefully and with the Bibby Stockholm reportedly leaving Falmouth dry dock yesterday, from the photos we have seen with protesters in the water on boats and a heavy security presence. It is due in Portland Port in the next few days.