The Transport Ministry said: “The tendering service will be provided by the Government vessel Bermudian and will be supplemented by the ships’ tenders.
“In addition, given the shortened one day call by the ship, local tour boat operators will be allowed to load their tours directly from the ship in order to permit such excursions to be concluded in the time available. ”
Walter Roban, Minister of Transport explained that the agreement with AIDA Cruises was made over a year and a half ago, and included the provision to allow the ship to use their own tenders for their visits to Bermuda.
“Thursday will be a very busy day with the Explorer or the Seas and Norwegian Star being berthed at Royal Naval Dockyard and the AIDALuna at anchor in the Great Sound,” said the Minister.
“Many of the tour boats have already committed to do tours, either from the ships at Royal Naval Dockyard or from the AIDALuna. Our obligation with AIDA Cruises was made well in advance and formed the basis of their willingness to deploy the ship to Bermuda this year.”
Minister Roban said: “Recognising the potential for additional cruises catering to the German market, our Ministry of Transport staff met with Aida Cruises in 2009 to begin discussions on the potential for deploying some cruises to Bermuda. This led to their deployment in 2011 with 3 cruises, followed by another 3 cruises in 2012, and another 3 cruises in 2013.”
The Ministry of Transport said they have “an objective to provide a mix of cruise passengers from different origins,” and that “foreign language cruise visitors purchase more items from local merchants and take more shore excursion tours than the traditional cruise visitor coming from the United States.”
They also noted that the German-speaking cruise market is the fastest growing in the world and is forecast to be the 2nd largest source market in the world for cruises by 2016, after the United States.
The AIDALuna is scheduled to arrive on Thursday at 8am and sail at 5pm.
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