NCL Charter Vessel Arrives For Summer Season

May 8, 2017

The 400-seat Bo Hengy II charter vessel arrived in Bermuda this afternoon [May 8] to begin to fulfil the commitments of the Norwegian Cruise Line [NCL] to provide a ship’s tender service for the next five years between Dockyard and St. George’s.

Earlier this year, the Government confirmed that NCL would charter a vessel from May through October 2017, while they continue to build two smaller purpose built tenders to service Bermuda between 2018 and 2022.

At that time, the Minister said, “In exchange for some concessions and NCL berthing rights at Dockyard, Hamilton and St. George for NCL’s brand named ships and their smaller luxury cruise lines to include Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Prestige Cruise Holdings, NCL has committed to bringing a total of 56 cruise ship calls to Bermuda, each year through 2022, and of these calls, 12 are committed to berth at Penno’s Wharf in the Town of St. George.

“NCL made another commitment to Bermuda to procure tender lift at their own expense that would be leased or built to help transport NCL passengers in the west end to and from the Town of St. George.”

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The Bo Hengy II arrived in Bermuda this afternoon, with a spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities saying, “The Bo Hengy II has arrived in Bermuda waters to begin to fulfil the commitments of the Norwegian Cruise Line to provide a ship’s tender service for the next five years between the Royal Naval Dockyard and the town of St. George.

“This year that service will be provided by the 400-seat, high speed charter vessel with a 5200 horsepower motor. The ship has arrived in Bermuda waters ahead of schedule, and may start service as early as next Monday, May 15th.

Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy said, “This forms part of the overall strategy by the Government to ensure St George’s gets a piece of the cruise ship pie and represents yet again our commitment to the east end community.

“The tender will service NCL ships exclusively, providing added opportunities for cruise ship visitors to experience the town of St. George comfortably.

“Increased visitors will mean increased economic activity and we are sure that businesses in St George’s will appreciate this guaranteed lift. These strategies are designed to spread the increased economic benefits across the island.”

Bo Hengy II Bermuda May 8 2017 (1)

“The 133-foot, 4-engine, Bahamian flagged transport was built in 2008 and is ready for operations after having just undergone refurbishments.

“With a top speed of 25 knots, the tender service is expected to provide further maneuverability for NCL passengers, as the world’s third largest cruise ship company services Bermuda’s three ports. The Bo Hengy II has gross tonnage of 540 tons.

“It arrived in Bermuda waters this afternoon after leaving Nassau two days ago. It was accompanied on the voyage by the future Bermudian crew, including Beau Evans, the CEO of CruisePort Ferry Management Ltd.”

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  1. Dan Buckley says:

    This new charter looks great! I can see it helping the locals and us cruise passengers! Looks like a win,win! we love St. George. We visit every time we go to Bermuda.

    • George says:

      You obviously didn’t read the article – “The tender will service NCL ships exclusively, providing added opportunities for cruise ship visitors to experience the town of St. George comfortably.”

      This vessel is to be used for transporting NCL passengers only, not locals or anyone else!

      • Dan Buckley says:

        George I did read the post. The 400 passengers from NCL will not be looking for seats on the ferry. We would be using the tender. That would free up 400 seats on the ferry for the locals

  2. Devils on the Deep Blue Seas says:

    Norwegian and the rest of the cruise lines are doing everything in their power to keep visitors away from Hamilton – and spending in restaurants, bars and shops. So they send them to a spot where the infrastructure is comparatively primitive, the intention being to keep as much money on board to spend as possible. And while they are at it, slow the ship down so it takes two days to get here but only be to get back. This is a totally unregulated industry that has gone rogue. Bermuda and other destinations are being used and abused in a most sordid way, their stupid ferry boats not withstanding. That is what is really going down.

    • Wahoo says:


    • on de rock says:

      Wow! I would think they wanted to give the passengers the option to see more of the island. Hamilton already has ferry access on a more regular basis.

    • goneaway says:


    • Thad says:

      Well Bermuda already provides more than adequate lift to Hamilton with the current ferries and buses. But the one ferry on the orange route to St. George’s is just not enough for the passenger load of these ships, therefore it is great the NCL is providing this service to their passengers. As to why the ships spend an extra day at sea, well Bermuda only has the two piers and if NCL wants to have two ships in port during a given week at their one pier, they have to balance the amount of time that they can have the ships in port.

    • De Government allowed it.

  3. Francis says:

    Devils – REALLY?!? You are fake news

  4. Real Onion says:

    Bermudian Crews….wonder how what comes first…
    de breakdown or de wildcat strike?

    • goneaway says:

      A trained Bermudian crew. And the reason the ferry is here is because of never knowing if the local ferry service will be running.

  5. Jonathan D says:

    Bermuda is the nicest group of Islands to me in the world.

    Now NCL NCLH :OTC is finally ( at what cost basis in this story is not told??) having boat service to St. George’s now.

    Why has the Bermudian Governement not had other passengers allowed ( even at a larger cost) near the Ferry passage rates too?

    Are the Gambling Halls aboard the Ships open and poaid the FEES too?