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MV Queen Victoria makes inaugural call to VI port

- MCW Minister Vanterpool promises a better looking port when ship returns
The Virgin Islands today October 29, 2012 welcomed to its port for the first time the luxurious MV Queen Victoria. Photo: VINO
Captain Philpott (left) is presented with a plaque by Director of Operations at port agent representatives Romney Associates Consultant, Ms Patricia Romney. Also in picture is Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Captain Philpott (left) is presented with a plaque by Director of Operations at port agent representatives Romney Associates Consultant, Ms Patricia Romney. Also in picture is Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands on October 29, 2012 welcomed to its port for the first time the luxurious MV Queen Victoria, which it hopes will make the Territory a regular port of call in the Caribbean.

Representing Premier Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith was Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool who presented a beautiful plaque on behalf of Government to captain of the vessel Mr Peter Philpott.

Hon. Vanterpool conveyed Government’s appreciation and welcome for the inaugural visit and said it was his hope that the cruise ship would return again and noted that the port should be a much more enhanced area by that time.

He also spoke to the captain briefly about Governments plans to extend the cruise ship pier and to develop the port in the not so distant future.

Captain Philpott also presented plaques to Government as well as port agent representatives Romney Associates Consultant who facilitated the meeting as well as a tour of the vessel. 

The skipper said plaques were good proof of the many destinations that the ship visits.

The MV Queen Victoria was launched in 2007 and usually has some 2000 guests on board and some 950 crew members. It is deployed mostly in Southampton, England for most of the year on cruises that usually lasts from four days up to 28 days.

“It is very luxurious inside with the highlight being the grand stairway in the main lobby and the Queen’s Room,” Captain Philpott informed Virgin Islands News Online prior to a guided tour.

He also said the ship journeys around the world from January to April.

The majestic vessel was launched by the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla who is the wife of Prince Charles.

The MV Queen Victoria began its voyage to the Caribbean from Southampton on October 19, 2012. “We have six islands [to visit] starting with Antigua, St. Martin, Tortola, St. Kitts, Grenada and then Barbados. On the way back we will stop on the island of Madeira. We are scheduled to arrive in Southampton on November 11, 2012,” Captain Philpott stated.

The captain noted that on his next visit he would have to visit the much talked about Cane Garden Bay beach.

MV Queen Victoria is a cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line, as is named after Queen Victoria. MV Queen Victoria is the running mate to Queen Mary 2, and the Queen Elizabeth. Until November 2008, she also operated alongside Queen Elizabeth 2.

8 Responses to “MV Queen Victoria makes inaugural call to VI port”

  • HHH (29/10/2012, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U know sometimes I wonder about this "Religious" society. We allow ships of gays & druggies to enterour ports all the time with no uproar but a little wager on horses bothers the churches. My point is MODERNIZE this isn't the 1800's nore is that what anyone is looking for. Also being a "Religious State" is not desireable as allthe Terrorist states are "Religious" too. & that's the prob why they are so warped.

    So BVI if we're going to have tourism we must have night life & entertainment of various sorts, and let the market determine which we want & don't want rather than church ppl who only go to church anyway. Fix the Port & put things there to entertain the ships & tourists, treat the BVI like a Promotion like Wrestlemania or Grown & Sexy.

    They people come here to swim, relax, smoke weed, drink rum, get drugs from the drug stores, and have fun...the older people want them to come a relax, maybe that was the ting back in the 60's but nowadays 70 y/o's go skydriving & ting so u have to modernize with the times.
  • real talk (29/10/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HHH these churches here in the bvi are something else,they can pass their collection plate ten times in one service get as much as they can get,waht if the government were to make them pay taxes on the money the collect taxes free what would be the out come.
  • zoe (29/10/2012, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all good Mark vanterpool.... but we've been listening to these 'soon come' stories for the past 11 months .....what has got done?
  • BREAKING NEWS (29/10/2012, 16:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks NDP for these big and beautiful ships. Under VIP some old looking ships with paint chipping was docking up at our Ports. SHAME!
    • VIP (29/10/2012, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Breaking news bouy don't beat us up nah'..you got jokes today!!!.
    • cnn (29/10/2012, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I had to give you a thumbs up, BREAKING NEWS for repeating your NDP Mantra and spin, which is really a one cure, cure all, for all the mis-steps of the NDP
  • ABC (29/10/2012, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Patti girl keep an eye on that Mark. If he gets his way you will have to bow down to Darley to do buisness at the Port. There is no difference between him and MItt Romney. Say one thing and mean another.

  • love boat (29/10/2012, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow you cyah can't stop Mark he got a lil fete on ah big boat so he now gear up for he big dock he he


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