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Cruise tourism restart: VI welcomes first cruise ship today!

- Seabourn Odyssey with a total of 462 passengers on board set to call @ 9:00am
At 9:00 am, today, October 13, 2021, the Virgin Islands is expected to welcome Seabourn Odyssey with a total of 462 guests, according to the Virgin Islands Ports Authority’s website, representing the first cruise ship with passengers to grace the territory’s shores in months. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the berthing of this first ship today, October 13, 2021, represents the rebirth of cruise tourism. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the berthing of this first ship today, October 13, 2021, represents the rebirth of cruise tourism. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- At 9:00 am, today, October 13, 2021, the Virgin Islands is expected to welcome Seabourn Odyssey with a total of 462 guests, according to the Virgin Islands Ports Authority’s website, representing the first cruise ship with passengers to grace the territory’s shores in months.

“Tomorrow, I need everyone to know that you don’t need to go to the eyes specialist, what you see is what you get, a cruise ship returning through God’s help,” a pleased Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said.

He was delivering remarks at a ceremony at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, to welcome back cruising to the territory.

Cruise ships have been coming to the territory but not allowing passengers to get on land; however, this will change from today.

Rebirth of cruise tourism

“The berthing of this first ship represents the rebirth of cruise tourism…we are happy to report that we are well on our way for a successful season.”

Premier Fahie said the ceremony was important to celebrate and to give thanks for the rejuvenation of this sector.

“Some persons would ask why this big, as we say in our culture, toodoodoo, but I want to explain something to you, whenever God bless you, with blessings such as this, as the restarting of a major revenue generator, not only got government but for so many families, you have to hold a ceremony, not just a ceremony to say we are starting and we are ready but to say, “God thank you.”

“It is very important because at the start of the pandemic, the world over was filled with uncertainty and this pandemic has been the worst to hit the world in over 100 years and perhaps the worse in terms of social and economic impact, it’s as if time itself stood still. As a matter of fact, some countries are still locked down up to today, and there were those among us that were filled with doubt and despair, yet as leaders, we remained resolute,” he proclaimed.

'We must go forward'- Clive McCoy

Director of the BVI Tourist Board Mr Clive McCoy said from his end, they are ready to welcome back guests.

“The past 19 months have cost us so many trials and tribulations. Worldwide we had to shift our focus and priority to remaining safe and staying healthy. So today, we celebrate this milestone of going forward. We are still in a fight to understand a mutating virus and how we navigate to save lives and to staying healthy while living in our lives in the most fulfilling way possible, but we must go forward,” he said.

He also stated that with all that has changed over the past 19 months, what has not changed is “our desire to ensure that our visitors have the most refreshing and special time as possible in our territory.”

14 Responses to “Cruise tourism restart: VI welcomes first cruise ship today!”

  • Doesn’t get it (13/10/2021, 07:57) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    It’s great that ships are returning but everyone knows cruise tourism doesn’t bring much $ outside of the head tax govt collects. Why is it so hard to have a focus on our real tourism product here? Surely efforts spent on these industries would bring bigger benefits to ALL in the bvi not just the govt treasury.
    • @Dosen’t get it (13/10/2021, 14:55) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      What I will say is only the Government is benefiting from the head tax that they collect from each cruiser on the ship be it they get off the ship or not. The vendors don’t benefit from the head tax. The little bit that the vendor makes off the cruise passengers is not even enough to cover half of utilities or food.
  • Reality check (13/10/2021, 08:07) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    We should remember the Arab saying "man plans, God laughs", when considering what God may be blessing us with. Could be economic generation, but could also be a reduction in the non-vaccinated population.
  • district #8 (13/10/2021, 08:23) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    how is the penn dealing with this news will have to wait for him next house of assembly sittings or his press conference
  • voter (13/10/2021, 09:02) Like (6) Dislike (37) Reply
    We sticking with the vip yall
    • @voter (13/10/2021, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who cares, that is your given preference. Do what you think is best for you and is going to work for you. Now skip along your merry way and enjoy the rest of the day.
  • Strupes... (13/10/2021, 09:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Free up the place,,,,,Let the people them go where they want..10 here 10 there aint making no sense, all they have to do is follow protocols......All the hype...
  • Truth (13/10/2021, 10:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ship has 100 old people on it, stop lying.
    • @Truth (13/10/2021, 13:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The younger generation is no longer into the cruise thing. Only the older people is into it.
    • small island (13/10/2021, 14:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      We were at the pier park today and people said 200...whatever the number; no tourists were in the park. What is the "bubble" if the park is not included?
  • Jerry Teeler (13/10/2021, 12:16) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wow! And congrats all! I was there when it began and seen your leadership manage it all to their best ability. I’m up in DC these days but will definitely make a plan to get back down to paradise and my great friends at Aroma. Again congrats Tortola.
  • Concerned (13/10/2021, 15:26) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Did not see one tourist in town shopping . did not get run over by safari buses either. Where are the tourists?
  • Invisible cruiser (14/10/2021, 07:09) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    So no cruisers in the Pier Park or town on Wed. Only around 120 cruisers on the ship that are mostly seniors. 3 reported bubble tours for 60 seniors. What is the point of inviting cruise ships to the BVI if most of the passengers stay aboard?


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