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Cruise ships officially return this week!

File Photo. (Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson)

Works have started at three local beaches to get them ready for the official return of cruise ships to the British Virgin Islands this week.

Two cruise ships will be arriving tomorrow and on Thursday (November 7), said Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering.

Works are being done on the beaches at Long Bay/Beef Island, and Brandywine Bay.

Dr Pickering said those beaches were selected because they are easiest to restore following the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“The first two cruise ships are coming and we find ourselves in a bind because if you’ve been to Cane Garden Bay, you would realize that Cane Garden Bay is in no shape to send visitors. So we are scrambling to find how we are going to distribute the passengers that come off the ship; and Beef Island is one of the places that you probably can cleanup and… do some stuff with.”

“We starting some work at Long Bay/Beef Island and Brandywine Bay… I don’t know how much we could do with Brandywine Bay as it is [now] but Long Bay/Beef Island we can at least do something to make it presentable,” said Dr Pickering who is also Minister of Natural Resources and Labour.

“The question is [also] being asked whether we can use Smugglers Cove but hopefully by the next go-around we probably could distribute some persons down there.”

The tourism sector, which is the territory’s second largest revenue-earner was overwhelmed by two category 5 hurricanes in September.

Several accommodations and destinations within the territory were either damaged or destroyed.

The government, however, has been scrambling to revive the industry to welcome visitors back to BVI shores.

Notably, weeks after Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr D Orlando Smith announced that the BVI was open for business, the territory successfully staged the 5th annual Lobster Fest. It was held on Anegada last week.

Director of the BVI Tourist Board Sharon Flax Brutus reported that a considerable number of visitors attended the event, adding that all available accommodations had been booked.

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  1. For Accountability says:

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    Brandywine Bay, what a joke! Minister waste millions on that fake beach.

  2. Sad says:

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    Giving the tourist a less than 3rd class experience The best part is you want to transport them all through the island to get to these beaches and show these people whstcsn absolute shut house the BVI is. The BVI IS NOT ready for visitors. It is time for a snap election.

  3. Hello says:

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    “We starting some work at Long Bay/Beef Island and Brandywine Bay… I don’t know how much we could do with Brandywine Bay as it is [now] but Long Bay/Beef Island we can at least do something to make it presentable,” said Dr Pickering who is also Minister of Natural Resources and Labour.

    So we appears to not even have an adequate plan, no proper execution, but we are welcoming visitors to our shores. Yes, I support the need for the country to get back on it’s feet, but the roads, beaches and other infrastructure are not adequate for the residents, much less tourists.

    Yes, the Government needs the head tax, but when do we plan and execute properly? If the plan is to fix those two beaches, why not properly fix them prior to bringing the ships?

    WE MUST DO BETTER! REALLY!

  4. Orlando Kardashian says:

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    NDP say “Mission Accomplished”

  5. Big Phil says:

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    Still dumping money into Brandywine folly. Cruise ship crowds going to destroy the most quiet, beautiful beach on the island at Long Bay on Beef Island. Where do they go to the bathroom when there is no bathroom? Now that’s “progress”.

    When is power coming to the dark side of the island from Brewer’s to Cane Garden Bay to Carrot Bay to Apple Bay to the other Long Bay? Can BVI News get a real answer to that question?

  6. SERPICO says:

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    Bvislanders and resident foreigners are homeless and in shelters, roads are dilapidated, many persons have no electricity and this is acceptable behavior from a government. Stop urinating on the populace and saying it is precipitation Orlando n gang.

  7. Sam the man says:

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    What a stupid thing to allow, the BVI wants repeat tourist business and people to go away with a fabulous experience…this half baked daft plan is doomed to fail, tourists on these ships will never return again and unfortunately spread to their friends not to come also!!! Bad PR, wait until the islands infrastructure and beaches have been restored….smacks of desperation

    • c.slike says:

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      wouldn’t you love to hear the cruisers reaction to their “day tour”. I wonder if there are interviews anywhere?

  8. TurtleDove says:

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    This is ridiculous… Why entertain before you are ready? Hope most of them go to Anegada…

  9. Harrigan Beauty says:

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    Leave Smugglers for we locals. Irma did less damage than government led tourists will do. We should not allow government to do the same to Smugglers that the hurricanes have done to Cane.

  10. nick says:

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    we don’t need 200 taxi on the roads.not ready yet.

  11. Saf says:

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    The tourists coming is more of s curiosity factor. They merely want to see for themselves. That’s what I think

  12. A says:

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    what are they coming to see. the place is still a mess.

  13. land based long time visitor says:

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    So as a long time land based visitor to VG a frequent day tripper to Tortola, and a ONE TIME cruise ship passenger (under duress I must add – a family trip) – I have to add my 2 cents…

    I’m certainly not there, I don’t live there, and I’m not coming this winter (for obvious reasons), but can someone explain to me how in the WORLD the
    government or the cruise ship companies are going to get those cruise ship peeps to any beach on those roads in Tortola and not have that end badly?

  14. Drone says:

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    Anchor the ship off Beef Island and ferry to Trellis Bay. Then taxi to beach. Needs careful management, especially of those taxi drivers.

    Good opportunity for Trellis Bay businesses as a safer alternative to Cane Garden Bay.

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