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March 19th, 2018
No Disney cruise ships to VI until after June 2018!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was on December 4, 2017 that Disney Cruise Line announced to its booked customers that they will be returning to the Eastern Caribbean, but will skip calls to the [British] Virgin Islands, a story first reported by this news site.

December 4th, 2017
Disney Cruise Line skips VI for St Maarten until April 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands being “back on its feet and open for business” brand by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is not being bought by everyone, including a major cruise line that will not be heading to these ports until April of next year.

October 29th, 2015
Gov’t could face legal action over port project delays

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The many delays that the Ports Development Project has been facing have no doubt been costly. However, the most costly could be if the 15-year-berthing agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Disney Cruise Line is scrapped if Government fails to meet the completion deadline.

March 7th, 2014
Edmund Maduro brands new political parties as crooks!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Edmund Maduro has lashed out at the Territory’s leadership and has accused leaders of today of taking Virgin Islanders in the wrong direction, away from freedom and into bondage.

February 17th, 2014
Legal issues in Berthing deals can only be settled in the USA!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Yet another blow has been dealt to the people of the Virgin Islands by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith as citizens continue to review the recent controversial Berthing Agreements signed last month.

February 7th, 2014
Controversial Berthing Agreement was not registered as at 2 pm today!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One week after the media disclosure of the ‘Preferential Berthing Agreement’, which was signed by the Government of the Virgin Islands with Disney Cruise Lines (DCL) and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) on January 17, 2014, it was not available for access by the public as at 2 pm today, February 7, 2014.

January 20th, 2014
VIslanders to ‘benefit tremendously’ from cruise deals – Hon. Vanterpool claims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following the signing of two 15-year preferential berthing agreements between the National Democratic Party (NDP) government, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Disney Cruise Line (DCL) last Friday, January 17, 2014, observers will be examining the resulting dynamics closely to assess some of its promised benefits.

January 18th, 2014
VI inks preferential 15-year berthing agreements!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The BVI Ports Authority inked 15-year deals with Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) yesterday, January 17, 2014, which offered preferential berthing rights to the two companies and guarantees the Territory over 400,000 passengers starting in May 2015.

October 23rd, 2013
Is the VI caught in competition war with cruise liners?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As discussion rages on the latest debacle surrounding the cruise pier development project, talk show host Julio Sam Henry is contending that much of the jostling over berthing agreements with the government is simply about competition between cruise liners.

October 18th, 2013
Premier dodges questions at press conference!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith was insistent that his government had nothing to hide when it came to negotiations regarding the cruise pier development project.



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