Local authorities are exploring the possibility of attracting an additional variety of cruise lines to the British Virgin Islands.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Anthony McMaster, told BVI News on Friday that the BVI is currently having talks with new cruise companies.
“We are hoping to establish more formal agreements. If we can get to the point of establishing berthing agreements, we would like to get that done because those [berthing agreements] come with certain guarantees, and it creates a win-win for everybody,” he said.
The permanent secretary gave that indication while also noting that talks are still underway to have Carnival Cruise Line to return to the British Virgin Islands on a more regular basis.
McMaster further told our news centre that, from all appearances, the discussions are going well.
“Both sides seem to be enthusiastic about the future,” he said.
The cruise line along with Royal Caribbean made their re-entry into the territory last year after pulling out years ago when the BVI had signed ‘unsatisfactory’ berthing agreements with other cruise carriers.
Once talks progress well, the BVI “would be able to see Carnival on a more frequent basis”, McMaster said.
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