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Carnival Sunrise makes first call to VI

- gets warm welcome by Government
On June 14, 2019 the Virgin Islands welcomed the inaugural call of Carnival Sunrise. Photo: CCL
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1); Carnival Sunrise Captain, Mr Isidoro Renda; Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), and Director of Operations at ROMASCO Group, Patricia M. Romney. Photo: GIS
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1); Carnival Sunrise Captain, Mr Isidoro Renda; Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), and Director of Operations at ROMASCO Group, Patricia M. Romney. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has placed strong emphasis on boosting cruise ship calls to the territory since coming to office in February 2019, and already there have been results to cheer about.

On June 14, 2019 the Virgin Islands welcomed the inaugural call of Carnival Sunrise.

The passengers and crew were given an official welcome by Government officials that included Premier Fahie, Deputy Premier and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Sharie B. De Castro (AL) and Deputy Speaker and Territorial At Large Hon Neville A. Smith (AL).

Premier Fahie and Hon Flax-Charles both presented the ship’s captain Isidoro Renda with a plaque to commemorate the inaugural call and Government’s appreciation. They were also presented with a token to commemorate the occasion by Mr Renda.

The perfection destination

Writing on his Facebook page on June 14, 2019, Premier Fahie thanked Captain Renda for his hospitality abroad the ship, noting that they both agree that “BVI is the perfect destination for his guests to experience life to its fullest.”

Premier Fahie also thanked the ROMASCO Group for “facilitating and ensuring” that the call was made to the territory by Carnival Sunrise.

“We look forward to seeing more Carnival ships coming to the BVI. I am encouraging all of us to get ready for the new BVI. My Government is laser-focused on restoring growth and prosperity of this gem we call home,” Premier Fahie added.

Meanwhile, the occasion as also the first time the island tours given to passengers on Tortola, included a stop in Carrot Bay to get a taste of the Virgin Islands culture. This included local foods, craft, and storytelling and fungi music by Mr Elmore Stoutt and others.

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise, which is operated by Carnival Cruise Line, has a passenger capacity of 2984 – 3730. It was built as Carnival Triumph in 1999 but renamed in 2019 after a $200m refurbishment.

The vessel began its inaugural cruise as Carnival Sunrise on April 29, 2019.

4 Responses to “Carnival Sunrise makes first call to VI”

  • biker (16/06/2019, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    This ship was supposed to cruise to Cuba but was re-routed to the BVI when Cuba was shut down for US based cruise ships.
  • @biker (16/06/2019, 20:35) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    cause the Trumpster shut it down. ha ha
  • Great for BVI Business.. (17/06/2019, 08:43) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Premier.. Try get This ship coming regularly.. It spends.... Sincerely.. Rest. Owner.
  • Get rid (17/06/2019, 09:18) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    these guys have been convicted of dumping all sorts on Caribbean islands and then covering up, lying about it and continuing while already in court. We don't want or need their filth.


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