The BVI sees an unprecedented boost in cruise tourism in 2015 following the enhancement of their cruise pier and upland development, Tortola Pier Park.
Comparing the number of cruise passenger arrivals for the month of October over the last three years, the BVI Ports Authority has reported that October 2013 saw 4,098 cruise passenger arrivals; October 2014 saw 5,465 cruise passenger arrivals and October 2015 saw 32,133 cruise passenger arrivals.
“The vast increase in our October 2015 arrivals speak directly to the benefits derived from our enhanced cruise pier and upland development. The cruise tourism industry is growing rapidly and I am proud to say that our new cruise facilities are more than equipped to meet the growing demand of the industry. We
look forward to a fantastic cruise season as we continue to welcome an increased number of ships to our shores and will continue to work closely with our partner cruise lines to ensure continued sustainable growth,” said Claude Skelton-Cline, Managing Director at the BVI Ports Authority.
As the momentum continues to build for what is shaping up to be one of the best cruise tourism seasons the Territory has ever seen, the BVI continues to welcome new ships, with higher passenger capacity and larger GRT to its shores.
Since the enhancement of the cruise pier, yesterday, 18th November, was the first time that the BVI has berth three ships at the pier. The Norwegian Escape, which was the biggest ship in port yesterday, had its inaugural call and expressed their delight in being able to dock a ship of this magnitude at the new cruise
pier. The Norwegian Escape is the newest and largest ship of the cruise line and has a GRT of 164,600 and holds up to 4,248 passengers plus 1,651 crew members.
With almost one or more ships every day this week, the Tortola Pier Park gears up to welcome Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 (QM2) to its shores on Friday, 20th November, 2015. This is in fact another momentous occasion for the BVI and Tortola Pier Park, where Queen Mary 2 will be docking alongside
the pier for the very first time. Once the biggest ship in the world, QM2 is still amongst the top 10 largest cruise liners in the world being 1,132 ft in length and having a GRT of 148,528.
The grand opening for the Tortola Pier Park is slated for Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 where a large variety of stores located at the Pier Park will be opened and ready to welcome the over 7,000 cruise passengers scheduled to arrive that day, in addition to overnight guests and BVI residents.
For updates and information on the Tortola Pier Park development visit the website at www.tortolapier.com or follow them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/tortolapier ; Instagram – www.instagram.com/tortolapier; or Twitter – @TortolaPierPark.
About Tortola Pier Park
The Tortola Pier Park is newest development in the British Virgin Islands, which consists of an enhanced cruise pier and a five-acre landside shopping facility. The newly enhanced cruise facility includes a 60ft wide, 1,312ft long pier that can berth ships up to a maximum tonnage of 180,000 GRT. The landside shopping center consist of over 57 stores, including retail, service providers, commercial spaces and office space.