BVI Welcomes Carnival Sunshine on First Trip to BVI; Delegation Tours Ship

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Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool presents a plaque to Carnival Sunshine’s Captain Roberto Liotta during a ceremony to commemorate the ship’s first call to the cruise pier on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: GIS/ Mr. Ronnielle Frazer)

Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool presents a plaque to Carnival Sunshine’s Captain Roberto Liotta during a ceremony to commemorate the ship’s first call to the cruise pier on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: GIS/ Mr. Ronnielle Frazer)

Wednesday, April 23 – A delegation representing the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Ports Authority, Ministry of Communications and Works, Premier’s Office, BVI Tourist Board and ROMASCO welcomed Carnival Sunshine on its first call to the cruise pier in Road Town, Tortola earlier today.

The ship, previously Carnival Destiny, brought over 4,000 passengers and crew members to the Territory.

At the official inaugural ceremony on board this morning, Captain Roberto Liotta and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool exchanged plaques to commemorate the occasion.

The captain, who has been with Carnival for over 26 years, said it was his very first time to the BVI. Honourable Vanterpool, after welcoming the captain and crew, encouraged them to leave the ship and enjoy the shopping and beaches on island. After the inaugural ceremony, the BVI delegation went on a tour of the ship’s new facilities including the top decks, theatre, water sports area, spa and gym.

Sunshine leaves at 5:30 p.m. today and its next stop will be St. Maarten. The ship returns to Port Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, where it began its eight day cruise.

Carnival Sunshine was originally built in 1995 and refurbished and subsequently renamed last year.

The BVI Ports Authority is responsible for the Territory’s cruise infrastructure and facilitates port calls.

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