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UPDATE: First cruise ship to return July 1

File photo of Rhapsody of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International cruises on a previous occasion.

The British Virgins Islands is now confirmed to expect its first cruise ship call since the start of the pandemic in a week’s time.

BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) made this announcement on Friday (June 25) after a press conference with Premier Andrew Fahie who indicated at the time that there was no set dates for the return of cruise ships.

But while that conference was happening, the BVIPA was in active talks with international cruise carriers.

“The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority will welcome the first cruise ship call to the Territory, the Celebrity Millennium of Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises, on 1 July 2021,” the BVIPA stated.

“The details of this call were being finalised at the time of the Premier’s press conference earlier today,” it added.

The BVIPA said Celebrity Millennium will be home-porting out of St Maarten and will be making calls to Tortola, St Lucia and Barbados.

In the meantime, the Premier indicated today there is still no final plan in place on how the BVI intends to receive cruise passengers into the territory.

Previous story: No date for next cruise call! Bubble protocols still a work in progress

After weeks of waiting, Premier Andrew Fahie disclosed that there is still no final plan in place on how the BVI intends to receive cruise passengers into the territory.

He noted that discussions are still ongoing as it relates to a protective ‘bubble’ at the territory’s cruise pier and at other local hot spots for tourists.

The BVI’s first cruise call in months was scheduled to happen on June 15, but this was cancelled abruptly after the cruise liner reported that there were concerns with passengers who had tested positive for COVID-19 following a stop at one of its intended ports.

At a press conference held earlier today, Premier Fahie told reporters discussions remain centred on increasing vaccinations in the territory.

He also said approved social distance measures are being tested to be implemented once cruise passengers finally come.

According to the Premier, the government will be coming to the public very soon on “how the passengers will be coming off the cruise ships and how they will be interacting with the people of the Virgin Islands.”

Fahie said the BVI Ports Authority in collaboration with the CB Romney Tortola Pier Park and the BVI Tourist Board have launched some initiatives in this regard and will be keeping the public informed through meetings.

When is the next cruise call?

Questioned about when the next cruise call should be expected in the BVI, Fahie did not have any dates to offer, even though there previously had been set dates for planned cruise calls.

He said more news on the issue should be forthcoming within the next week or two. He also emphasised that the previous cruise cancellation did not have anything to do with the BVI.

Earlier, the Premier said he welcomed news that the United Kingdom updated its categorisation of the BVI by including it on the green list for travel.

He also stated that the BVI’s tourism industry is opening up more and more daily.

Premier Fahie said bookings for land properties and charter boats continue to increase and visitors are returning in increasing numbers.

According to the Premier, this will provide much needed jobs across the spectrum of the tourism industry – from taxi and tour operators, to hotels and charter companies, as well as bars, restaurants and food vendors.

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  1. BuzzBvi says:

    “At a press conference held earlier today, Premier Fahie told reporters discussions remain centred on increasing vaccinations in the territory.” Even making it mandatory will have to be considered.

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    • Foy says:

      Foy you are so out of touch with what’s going on around you. It’s clear by your actions and the COI that you need to go. You should consider leaving now before your corruption is exposed. Perhaps Haiti or Venezuela is in your future. Hang around and a prison cell slightly larger than you is in store.

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  2. Lol says:

    But Port just send out a pressão release saying a ship coming the 1st July. Really Premier

  3. .... says:

    Ah thing called no vision

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  4. Time to start coming clean says:

    Mr. Premier the people are fed up of this no plan plenty excuses govt. Stop being Naive, pay attention to whats going on in the Country. Put BVI first, stop allowing others to hold us back..

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  5. heckler says:

    is this a secret too?

  6. Resident says:

    What a joke, no tourist is going to come here to sit in a bubble, stop wasting our time either open fully or don’t bother

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  7. The Beat Goes On says:

    Always scheming to find ways to hold back or disenfranchise those who have been targeted. These guys are disgraceful. Independence with them in control will be a nightmare.

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  8. Rubber Duck says:

    Is this part of the secret plan to bring the tourists back?

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  9. Nice Job BVI PA says:

    Seems like it’s only the Port has a positive forward moving plan..

  10. Moving forward says:

    Cant let SK with their issues hold us back.. We have enough Islands for Cruise passengers to see and enjoy…

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  11. YOUTH says:

    The most foolish statements in blogs about Fahie is usually only on this site. What a pity.

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