Minister Meets With Cruise Ship Adonia Captain

November 1, 2015

The Minister of Transport and Tourism Development Shawn Crockwell, today [Nov 1] exchanged plaques with Captain David Box at a brief ceremony and reception during the inaugural visit of the P&O Cruise Line small passenger ship MS Adonia [Carnival Corporation], berthing at Hamilton 5/6 Dock.

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Hamilton is the port of registry for MS Adonia through ship’s agent Meyer Agencies. Tourism, maritime and city officials joined the Minister in welcoming the ship’s captain, crew and passengers to Bermuda.

MS Adonia arrived in Hamilton Harbour this morning direct from Ponta Delgada, Azores for a one day stop over and is now on its way to Charleston SC. The Minister and a number of other dignitaries were invited for a short tour of the ship. The 592-foot vessel has 710 passengers and a crew of 300. It is the smallest of seven P&O Cruise ships.

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A spokesperson said, “Also at today’s reception on board the Bermuda-flagged cruise ship were a number of guests. They included Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism Development & Transport Francis Richardson, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Bill Hanbury, ship’s agent Meyer Agencies CEO Cheryl Hayward-Chew, City of Hamilton Councillor Dennis Tucker, Marine & Ports Director Lt. Cdr. Richard Russell, Harbour Master David Simmons, Maritime Administration representative Captain Pat Nawaratne, Warden of Pilots Rudolph Cann and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kendaree Burgess.

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“From April 2016, MS Adonia will be re-assigned to a new brand called fathom [www.fathom.org], focusing on the growing number of cruise enthusiasts who want to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in areas such as education, the environment and economic development. Referred to as “impact travel”, passengers work on programmes that make a positive social impact on the communities they visit.”

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  1. I too take great pride in seeing a Bermuda reg. ship in Port today.
    M.S Adonia arrived in Hamilton Harbour this morning direct from Ponta Delgada, Azores for a one day stop over and is now on its way to Charleston SC. The Minister and a number of other dignitaries were invited for a short tour of the ship. The 592-foot vessel has 710 passengers and a crew of 300. It is the smallest of seven P&O Cruise ships. :-)

    • And he cant meet with the workers at Marine and Ports.

      • Anbu says:

        Right on cue. Do u even work? Or u spend all day trolling?

    • John Dale says:

      I applaud Mr Bill Hanbury of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, a non Bermudian , who was the only Bermuda representative ( on the photograph) wearing Bermuda shorts at the reception on board the Bermuda Registered MS Adonia on Sunday 1st November on her inaugural visit to the island. It helps to show how dedicated a man Mr. Hanbury is and putting effort into all he is doing. Lets give the man more support, he can’t do it alone, although he seems to be trying ! It would have been impressive if all our representatives flaunted the garment we are known for world wide ! It’s a simple free promotion and we don’t do it well.

      Sir John Swan said recently of the ideas of a renovated water front in Hamilton “We need a show piece to show the world we are back in business” Wouldn’t an array of Bermuda shorts help to show that also.

      Thank you Mr. Hanbury well done. !

      Regards

      John Dale

  2. Vulcan Trash Cleaner says:

    should have berthed in St.Georges Ghost Towne.

    • just me says:

      I agree St. George does need a cruise ship, however, let us not chase this one away before it gets to know Bermuda. Maybe it will make a two day trip here next time spending one day in St. George. After all, our St. George is a fabulous port with a ton of history.

  3. Cruiser says:

    That’s great, When is DCL coming to Bermuda?

  4. somuchless says:

    Why don’t this minister wear Bermuda shorts???? After all he is the minister of tourism.

  5. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Small cruise ships is the way to go for Bermuda for St.Georges and Hamilton,leave the dredging of our sea bottom alone except for Mega ships entry in Dockyard…..Town Cut is fine as it is,,,Hamilton Harbour is fine.Each Berth Place has its own Ambience.Use Bus System ,Ferries,Taxis ,Limousines etc .to commute and give sea and land tours..spread the joy,money , I am talking about ,to the general population who are the real Ambassadors and treasures of Bermuda and deserve some of the benefits as well.! Stop trying to hoard the wealth amongst a small elite bunch of hawks..congratulations Bermuda for thinking out side the box,,,,Pandoras box …expand your hearts and pockets to …the people….

  6. hotcrossbuns says:

    It was a shame more shops in Hamilton were not open yesterday. People were looking to buy from high end shops. The demographic on this group was terrific. BTA needs to get more of these ships to Hamilton and St. Georges.

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