The cruise ship Emerald Princess has cancelled their April 29th visit due to the ongoing repairs to the Heritage Wharf in Dockyard and four other cruise visits could be affected.
A Ministry spokesperson said, “The Department of Marine and Ports can confirm that the Emerald Princess has cancelled their April 29th visit to Bermuda.
“The Department can confirm that the four cruise visits expected to be impacted by the works at Heritage Wharf are still on schedule. These include the Riviera, scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, April 11, which will anchor at Grassy Bay with passengers tendered to Dockyard.
“The MSC Poesia, scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, April 16, will arrive at 1pm, anchor in the Great Sound and disembark passengers to Dockyard. She will then dock at Kings Wharf at 5pm after the Explorer of the Seas leaves. She will overnight and leave on the April 18th as scheduled.
“It is anticipated that the tendering impact will be minimal and only be one way. The Department of Marine and Ports is still working with Norwegian Cruise Lines’ agents to finalise berthing and tendering arrangements in the event that Heritage Wharf if not available for the Norwegian Dawn’s visits on May 5th and 12th.
“In the event that the Wharf is not finished, there will still be options for the Dawn to come along side King’s Wharf for parts of her visit once other ships leave.”
A Marine and Ports spokesman said: “We have tendered many times in the past, including NCL ships, and while it is not our first option, we have handled it successfully.
“It should also be pointed out that tendering is fairly common in the cruise industry in other jurisdictions. We have coordinated the tendering procedures with the cruise lines and they are satisfied that we will provide a quality experience for their guests.”