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BVI signs berthing agreements with cruise lines
Published on January 20, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ROAD TOWN, BVI -- On Friday, the British Virgin Islands signed long-term berthing agreements with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Lines.

Beginning mid-2015, a total of 425,000 passengers will be guaranteed to set foot in the BVI annually. Each year, Norwegian is guaranteeing a total of 350,000 passengers, while Disney is guaranteeing 75,000.

In exchange, both Norwegian and Disney cruise lines will have preferential berthing rights with respect to requested dates for berthing, or docking at the cruise pier.

Also, a new class of cruise ships such the Disney Dream and Norwegian Breakaway will call at the BVI.

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Premier Dr Orlando Smith
According to Premier Dr Orlando Smith, the agreement paves the way for BVI to be among the leading players in the cruise tourism industry.

“We will now be able to accommodate and plan for the new wave of mega ships that are projected to dominate the cruise tourism industry in the future,” he said.

The expansion will also help to create new employment and new business opportunities in the BVI.

“In the first instance, we expect that the expansion will further invigorate the construction industry as the project will create a large number of new job opportunities. It also will inject tens of millions of new dollars into the BVI economy,” Smith said.
 
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