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Walwyn thrilled at return of Royal Caribbean to VI

- Cruise line left when NDP signed with competitors 4 years ago
“When he came back I asked him, Mark, what you bring for me? He said I bring Carnival Cruise,” Hon Walwyn told those gathered.
Hon Vanterpool said that the trip was primarily a procedural one, designed to inform industry partners about the dissolution of the VI government and the likelihood that they would be dealing with a different team of persons following the February 25, 2019, General Elections. Photo: Facebook
Hon Vanterpool said that the trip was primarily a procedural one, designed to inform industry partners about the dissolution of the VI government and the likelihood that they would be dealing with a different team of persons following the February 25, 2019, General Elections. Photo: Facebook
The cruise line had pulled out from the VI almost four years ago when the NDP government signed preferential agreements with Norwegian and Disney Cruise lines. Disney Cruise Line had also pulled out at that time but has since returned. Photo: Internet Source
The cruise line had pulled out from the VI almost four years ago when the NDP government signed preferential agreements with Norwegian and Disney Cruise lines. Disney Cruise Line had also pulled out at that time but has since returned. Photo: Internet Source
FAHIE HILL, Tortola, VI - Less than one month before 2019 General Elections in the Virgin Islands (VI), Royal Caribbean Cruise Line—which had ceased calls to the destination—has given indications that they are ready to return.

This was welcomed news broke to the people of the territory last night January 29, 2019, at the National Democratic Party’s (NDP 1) Fahie Hill District Rally by both the Party’s Chairman, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and the subject Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

This latest feat was accomplished at a Meeting on Monday, attended by Hon Vanterpool and several others including the newly appointed chairman of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Wendell M. Gaskin.

What you bring for me? – Walwyn

“When he came back I asked him, Mark, what you bring for me? He said I bring Carnival Cruise,” Hon Walwyn told those gathered.

Hon Vanterpool said that the trip was primarily a procedural one, designed to inform industry partners about the dissolution of the VI government and the likelihood that they would be dealing with a different team of persons following the February 25, 2019, General Elections.

He said however, this did not stop his negotiating as he kept a focused eye on the hierarchies of Caribbean Cruise line.

The cruise line had pulled out from the VI almost four years ago when the NDP government signed preferential agreements with Norwegian and Disney Cruise lines. Disney Cruise Line had also pulled out at that time but has since returned.

Following the discussion, Carnival Cruise indicated that they want to return to the territory at the earliest and is ready to bring at least one ship per week to VI shores with Hon Vanterpool promising further details in the near future.

More Spending

On the other hand, Hon Walwyn said that with the return, it is imperative that the territory find more creative ways to get tourists to spend.

“The tourism industry is an industry that we have to continue to work on. We have to continue to see what more benefit we can get from the tourists who come and spend more money here in the Virgin Islands.”

Residents were also told that one other way to boost the local economy is to launch out into small tourism based businesses such as donkey rides.

5 Responses to “Walwyn thrilled at return of Royal Caribbean to VI”

  • ... (30/01/2019, 13:41) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    this man trying hard to remain relevant
  • wize up (30/01/2019, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    every thing is about tourism tourism: I certainly understand economic but what about the people who call this territory their home: the cruise ship folks passes through for a few hours yes they pay head tax; the taxi and tour operators gets some dollars which eventually trickledown into our economy: my question(when will the government make enough money from tourism to see that we have sustainable development such good roads, our child out of the tents, running water)....some of us went to school in the 70s and we were not under any tents,
    at times our teachers took us from the classroom under the shade tree but we in 2019 and with all the money conversations our people and I am talking about our children are being disenfranchise .......
    when the tourists goes back to their home; those who live here encounters impassable public roads and our business places gets flooded following a few minutes of rain.....look at west end port of entry(when will we make enough money from the cruise ships to rebuild this facility for the people(I have nothing against tourism because I know persons been visit this territory long long before we had big airport or pier park)
  • Boondoggle (30/01/2019, 15:26) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    When will we learn that the cruise ships are a boondoggle and we ought to be focusing on charter boats and shore-based vacationers?
  • Return of the mack (30/01/2019, 19:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino when will we get the return of John E. Leonard
  • ann (31/01/2019, 00:44) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ball head going down


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