Cruise Ship Cancels Visit Due To Wharf Works

March 13, 2013

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.

Emerald Princess

“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.”

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  1. Come Correct says:

    Noooooooooooooooooo :( I was hoping for some head relief.

    • Webster says:

      I suggest you may need to take an aspirin for head relief , what a mess this Island is in

    • Please Leave Politics says:

      You are
      hilarious! Since u lov it so much, I think its time for u to produce your own, that way your head is aways relieved! Lol

      • Come Correct says:

        I have before but if the meditation police find it your life is ruined worse than if you shoot someone, not worth it at the moment, I can actually function without despite popular belief.

      • Der says:


  2. Family Man says:

    Can we sue Correia Construction for poor workmanship resulting in our loss of business?

  3. 32n64w says:

    Thank you PLP. The legacy of your incompetence will be felt for decades to come.

  4. bang bang says:

    Looks like no money for Bermuda now.

  5. Sandgrownan says:

    Bravo PLP.

  6. Timothy Hickey says:

    WAIT!!! What happened to all the Bermudians that didn’t want cruisers to the Island anymore because “we don’t spend enough money” when we visit!! Now, just ONE ships skips the port and your all in a frenzy!! I’m confused!

    • Come Correct says:

      Ah, allow me to clear up your confusion. It was difficult for most clear thinking Bermudians to justify 60 million dollars spent on a 35 million dollar cruise ship dock in relation to how much cruise passengers spend on island compared to those that arrive by air and spend almost all of their money on island (cruise ship = flowing hotel). I can see where you may not have felt welcomed with the comments, but we’ve had that issue for a few years now. Rest assure we love you, especially Johnny Barnes (that dude loves everyone even at the ass crack of dawn). In reality every bit counts but if you paid for a lamborguini and 2 weeks later the exhaust fell off you would be missed too. Y’all come back now ya’hear.

  7. SoMuchMore says:

    This is a bummer but let this be a lesson learned and we are surly learning it the hard way.

    I hope we take this seriously and never screw up again – people are watching us, especially the cruise lines.

    The Emerald was scheduled for a day visit so I think they felt better canceling their stop over than having to deal with a the headaches.

    I’ll say that Bermuda (the Government) should provide Princess and other lines who might be effected some form of gesture for the inconvience so that they’ll include Bermuda in 2014!

  8. swing voter says:

    please jus finish the repairs before may…there’s plenty of time left to piss on the previous govt

  9. Autumn Fire says:

    Could they have not docked in Hamilton, or are the ships too big…

    • SoMuchMore says:

      autumn fire the Emerald is too big to dock there.

    • Necromonger says:

      Thats why they are being docked if Dockyard…..!!!



    • mixitup says:

      I would think they could have anchored in the great sound…..

  10. Keepin' it Real...4Real! [Not the original] says:

    these ships are bigger than the island …drop anchor!! get every available craft to ferry passengers to and fro…give the little boat owners a piece of the pie..interaction with the natives is what tourists look for not institutionalized transport…the people that are in position of running this country has absolutely NO VISION except on how to boost their own accounts…oh i forgot, they also have been given their orders to be carried out …oh well get ready “doomsday preppers”…lmfao to stop me from crying…

    • insider says:

      I can assure you that the idea of having private tour boat operators being tenders has been explored. The problem is they will need to all be officially reclassified as “tenders” (everything is bureaucratic) and therefore their insurance policy will also increase (who foots the bill for that?).

      I thought the idea was worthwhile until I was given the breakdown of costs and time constraints which isn’t worth it to the tour operators.

      The actual tender will be the responsibility of government and not a private entity.

    • Fed Up says:

      in case you didn’t read the article properly THE CRUISE SHIP CANCELLED. They had been told they would be ferried but sometimes it”s not worth it especially if just in for one day. Really sad the comments made and always negative.

  11. M.P. MOUNTBATTEN JP says:

    SUE CORREIA , or whatever the hell his name is , cause it’s sh!t to me … And make sure DREB is named in the lawsuit as a defendant !

  12. Nuffin but de Truth! says:

    This is Dreb and his minions fault,SUE the a$$ of all of them!
    time that smirk was wiped off all their ugly faces.

  13. Bermuda gal says:

    It could be me but didn’t these idiots know that Cruise ship season was coming. WTH. so they are going to tender passengers to Dockyard. Simply put–the passengers can’t just come and go as they want when they want translates to “loss of revenue for Bermuda businesses” AGAIN. this Government is hilarious. Not good decision makers is what I say. Foresight is non existent. I would NEVER vote for a Bermuda Governing body in my life and YES I will still have my opinion. God is the only one that gets my vote as He is the only one who can satisfy my needs and desires.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Hmmm…was in Cayman last month…seven large ships, all anchored offshore, with tenders being used. Not a big deal.

      This governm,ent has to deal with the mess left behind.

    • Fed Up says:

      Once again blame this Government. It was the previous Government who oversaw the building of the dock and if I remember rightly they were still in Power when the cruise season ended so would it not have been their responsibility to have everything in order to start repairs as soon as the last cruise ship left. Oh sorry can’t blame them can we,m we have to blame a Government that has only been on power a matter of weeks if you want to get technical, so how on earth can you expect the dock to be fixed in that space of time.

  14. concerned ambassador says:

    Stay tuned! Ive heard from inside sources, ” its not over yet”.

  15. SoMuchMore says:

    I wonder what Derrick Burgess has to say now?

  16. god1st says:

    @ Bermuda Gal I agree with you.

  17. Moonbeam says:

    –all because of the PLP’s negligence and inabilities ! They should be ashamed of themselves ————-

  18. Chris P Bacon says:

    At least the OBA is trying to fix this. The PLP would probably have waited until today and then held a special meeting and sat around saying, “Oh dear”.

  19. sharky says:

    At Dockyard yesterday and no work has started. Can’t float a barge in our normally rough winter weather. This work will not be completed until well into the summer. These cancellations are just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Orbit says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble but they have actually started, I would know, one of my boys is working up there.

      • Miami Dolphin says:

        @Orbit.This job will not be complete before the middle of June.One of my boys working there as well and it’s already 3 weeks behind.

        • SoMuchMore says:

          So there are locals up there working…

          • Orbit says:

            Duh, why wouldn’t there be, there was locals and local companies hired for the project lol

            • SoMuchMore says:

              Derrick Burgess keeps talking about expats and i was just making a point that there ARE locals there.

  20. Xman says:

    A lot of money lost here ! – this scewup comes at a time when were trying to recover our bad economic situation.
    Now the blame game begins. – is it going to be the PLP for just sitting on the problem or is it going to be the OBA for not jumping on it as soon as they got in. — I’ll blame both.
    Work should have begun 6 mths ago.

  21. Amazed says:

    Come on people lets put the blame where it belongs, with the engineering firm and the construction firm. If the specs and the work was not up to par then they should be sued for defective workmanship. Maybe we can collect some of that huge cost overrun back as well, since it clearly was not worth what we paid!

    • Everyday Reader says:

      You guys are SO funny. All yall do is complain, blame & finger point. Damn can’t you all PLP/OBA/UBP/UNIONS get the Hell along. Bermuda is my second home and I have roots and family and friends there and will ALWAYS be there on several occasions every year, but me reading Bernews on a regular, it’s pathetic. Get a life Bermudians and rise up to be better than the average or stay average and watch your profits demolish!! SMH!!

  22. Zombie Apocalypse says:

    It couldn’t be any clearer. This is entirely the fault of the previous government. When they were in power, they knew about the problem and did nothing about it. They didn’t admit anything prior to the election because it would have made them look worse than they already looked. And now it has to be sorted out, like so much else.

  23. Bermudian says:

    Thanks PLP for the continued ripple effect of your incompetence. I think the PLP will go down in the history books as the WORST party ever put in power. The OBA sure have a whole lot of mess to weed through and prioritize.

  24. King bobby G says:

    Why didn’t they start work on the wharf much earlier, always last minute with stuff now days…

    • Pastor Syl Hayward says:

      @ King bobby: How about the fact that work on the wharf was just about priority One once the House sat in the beginning of February. However, for those who say this work should have started 6 months ago, that would have been in October, and would have meant the previous Government admitting that all the money that was spent and the cost over-runs were all a waste. Wasn’t going to happen.

      Meanwhile, I have hopes that the present crew are knowledgeable enough and speedy enough to get the work done soonest, so that we can be of service to as many cruise ships as possible.

  25. Ben Dover says:

    I can’t catch a ferry today, but we expect the cruise lines to trust the government to ferry the cruise ship passengers ashore in an efficient manner.

  26. Triangle Drifter says:

    The PLP fallout continues to rain down on Bermuda. Proud of yourselves PLP voters?

    • TWISTER says says:

      Just a meesage to say the people got tierd of certain folks

  27. Me says:

    FYI BDA has made the American news (USA TODAY) once again due to our special government because they cant do nothing right build wharf that cant be used heyyy wur already in the whole billions of dollars lets just continue cuz money isnt important to our government so lets help some other country benefit from our special governments dumbness.

  28. john says:

    I believe several bermudians are scheduled to board in Bermuda (including some in their 80′s)