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Nine cruise ship arrivals this month

Cruise docked in the territory recently.

At least nine cruise ship arrivals are scheduled to happen in the British Virgin Islands this month.

This number marks what is turning out to be a steady return of ships and cruise passengers to the territory since the September hurricanes last year.

The cruise ships arriving this month are from three cruise lines – TUI, Silversea, and Fred Olsen cruises.

Collectively, the ships are said to be bringing roughly 12,000 cruise passengers to the territory for January.

More than 100,000 cruise passengers arrived in the territory during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the BVI officially welcomed cruise visitors back to the territory in early December 2017.

The National Democratic Party government was both praised and criticised for the move.

In response, Premier and minister responsible for tourism Dr D Orlando Smith said there was no shame in opening up the BVI to tourists at this stage of recovery.

“Cruise tourists are appropriately informed of damages to the territory and are being provided with alternative options when in the BVI. This is also an opportunity for us to explore new sites, support business opportunities in other districts, as well as take the opportunity to see how we can strike the right balance of opportunity and environmental protection for beachfront communities,” Dr Smith had said.

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  1. Bvi back says:

    Not the high standard we are used to but it’s a start. Good look for bvi

    • wake up... says:

      too soon to be allowing cruise ships back – feedback is poor and the message will be shared – Mitch was spot on, too early – tourists will spread the word, we need to provide a much better environment – maybe 2019 given NDP timeframes…

  2. Cruise Critic says:

    According to Cruise Critic:
    “Editor’s note: Due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma, the Port of Tortola is currently closed to cruise passengers.”
    https://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=16
    Is this going to be addressed as this will obviously be impacting those looking at booking cruises? What is the Government doing about this? This is the top search of Google when typing in “cruise reviews BVI” The message needs to get out.

  3. Nice says:

    I like this! I’m glad the Premier made this decision.

  4. Jokes says:

    Wait until Mitch see them lol

  5. Peter Vanderhoof says:

    Since 2001 I am using this site to track cruise ships, so this is a good tool to locate on a live map all passenger ships comming to British Virgin Islands : http://www.shiplocation.com/ports?page=1&port=&country=British+Virgin+Islands

  6. premature says:

    get the Island sorted – don’t be shipping them off to a sad fake beach and Long bay (which is beautiful) but hasn’t any facilities… you’ve had 4 months to get your act together…but look at the state of the roads, infrastructure etc – Premier you preside over a shambles of government and as a leader you take responsibility for that, step aside and let somebody else take over…

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