The arrival of the Disney Fantasy cruiseliner to the Territory on 28 August was a sight of jubilation for the residents of the BVI as it was the first time that a Disney ship had visited the Territory since the passage of hurricane Irma last year.
The ship’s passengers were greeted in fine style by the BVI Ports Authority/Tortola Pier Park and BVI Tourist Board staff. Treats such as a mini parade and a DJ to provide lively music was all part of the regaling.
At the end of the day, it was announced that everything went well and that Disney was going to continue its BVI stops. In commenting on the welcome Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool during a radio interview stated that everything went as planned.
Hon. Vanterpool said that the passengers were pleased to report the wonderful experience they had and the places they visited in the BVI. “They said Cane Garden Bay is lovely and Beef Island was enjoyable. Visitors went to Jost Van Dyke – about 200 of them were there and about four or five hundred went to Virgin Gorda so they were very pleased,” he said.
“It was a beautiful day the weather was great thank God for that. There hasn’t been any incident we were concerned about that. The taxi guys did a great job from what I gathered and all of the vendors around enjoyed it…I enjoyed the little parade in the Pier Park with the Moko Jumbies and some dancers,” the Minister added.
Hon. Vanterpool said that he was joined by His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert, and Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith on board the ship. “The Governor and the Premier joined me onboard the ship and we had a lovely time with the Captain who said he was very pleased to be back here and loved it,” Hon. Vanterpool said.