British Virgin Islands to Reopen Cruise Pier in Coming Months

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FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, passengers from the Caribbean Princess wait for ground transportation at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Princess Cruises confirmed on Monday March 9, 2020, that the Caribbean Princess was ordered by the CDC to keep its passengers and crew on board while crew members get tested for COVID-19. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The government of the British Virgin Islands says its cruise ship ports will be reopened within the next three months.

In a statement, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) said the government has approved the arrival of cruise vessels with fully vaccinated passengers and crew.

“One of first expected passenger cruise calls to the territory will be the Celebrity Millennium of Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises starting June 2021 home-porting out of St Maarten. The regional itinerary includes stops to Tortola, St Lucia and Barbados,” the BVIPA stated.

According to the acting Managing Director of the Ports Authority Oleanvine Maynard the BVIPA is excited to be part of this new regional itinerary.

She said although the cruise experience will be “different than it was pre-pandemic”, the BVIPA is committed to providing its cruise partners and their guests a safe and enjoyable cruise stop.

“The BVIPA and The Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (CBRTPP) teams will be working diligently with the Ministry of Health & Social Development, BVI Tourist Board, Local Cruise Agents, and the Cruise Lines desiring to call to ensure a healthy return to cruising for the territory,” the Ports Authority added.

Cruise pier operations have been halted for more than a year due to the pandemic.

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