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Royal Caribbean International to return to St Thomas 10 November

 Ships of Royal Caribbean International, the contemporary market unit in the Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL) group, will resume calls at St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on 10 November, the company said in a statement.

The calls have been suspended since early September due to hurricanes that hit the island.

“In partnership with the government of the US Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean also has committed to undertaking the complete restoration of Magens Bay, one of St. Thomas' most popular tourist attractions – with plans for a grand re-opening of the pristine destination during Adventure of the Seas' visit on 10 Nov,” the company said.

Power and water to the island are fully restored and most downtown shops, restaurants and bars and tour operators are fully operational, so that guests will be able to experience a diverse and extensive array of dining, shopping and activities, it added.

Tortola Pier Park's campaign pledges continued growth despite hurricane impact

The Management of Tortola Pier Park Ltd. (TPPL) commits to a quick recovery via their “our story continues” campaign.

Tortola Pier Park’s restoration campaign was created to let customers, shareholders and partners know, that despite the impact of hurricane Irma and Maria to the BVI, Tortola Pier Park’s story of providing stellar guests experiences and unique shopping options, will continue. The campaign is slated to be launched internationally during the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference to be held from Oct. 23rd – 27th, 2017.

“We are sending a clear message to our customers, partners and shareholders that yes Tortola Pier Park and the BVI has been affected by two major hurricanes but our story does not end there. We are diligently working closely with the Government of the Virgin Islands and the BVI Ports Authority to ensure a speedy restoration to the facility. Our motivated staff and tenants are eager and ready to once again welcome our valued customers and cruise partners to Tortola Pier Park and we will do so with revitalized passion and strength, continuing our story of being one of the premier cruise and shopping facilities in the Caribbean," said Meslyn Allan, Leasing & Marketing Manager of Tortola Pier Park Ltd.

The “Our Story Continues” Public Relations campaign focuses on the strength of the BVI as seen in the resilience of its people, with a goal of continued growth despite challenges encountered. The campaign consists of a vibrant booth display at FCCA showcasing the BVI and awarding wining Tortola Pier Park, informational cards, branded apparel, press releases, social media posts and promotion of the campaigns hashtag #ourstorycontinues.

Tortola Pier Park is slated for a partial reopening of the facility on November 1st, 2017 followed by a Christmas celebration on December 22nd & 23rd, 2017. The Christmas event will serve as a return of the popular movie night which will be apart of a wider Christmas shopping and dining campaign.

After every storm comes a beautiful story of hope, resilience, and strength. As the BVI regroup and rebuild, Tortola Pier Park will continue their story of growth. Get ready to once again experience Tortola Pier Park – the premier choice for shopping, dining and entertainment, for locals and visitors in the BVI!

CMP gives green light to build terminal of 5,000 passenger plus capacity

The Board of Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), the Swedish-Danish port company, has given the go-ahead to build a cruise terminal in Copenhagen. The terminal will be located beyond the current Oceankaj in Ydre Nordhavn and will be able to handle more than 5,000 passengers per call thetas due to open in 2020.

The prospects for the future of the cruise industry are promising, with constantly rising demand. To be able to cope with the increasing interest, CMP has made the assessment that current facilities need to be augmented with another terminal building, Terminal 4.

“A new terminal, designed for more than 5,000 passengers, will enable us to receive more and bigger ships in future. With this development, we are making sure that Copenhagen retains and develops its position as the leading cruise destination in Northern Europe. We look forward to continuing to attract passengers to the attractive city of Copenhagen through close collaboration with various partners and actors in the city,” says Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port.

In 2017, 55 ships, each with more than 4,000 passengers on board, visited CMP in what are known as turnaround calls, when ships change their passengers. The total number of cruise passengers arriving during the season will be around 850,000 people.

Port of Piraeus welcomes new Viking Sun

PPA SA executives welcomed the newly built cruise ship Viking Sun at the Piraeus port and handed an honorary plaque to the Captain Anders Steen on Wednesday, October 11.

Viking Cruises has been operating in the Mediterranean in recent years making turn-arounds in Piraeus. The cruise ship is 227 meters long, begun its maiden voyage from Venice, has 9 decks and offers capacity for a total of 930 passengers.

Tortola Pier Park wins Port of the Year award

Tortola Pier Park in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) through the BVI Ports Authority received the prestigious accolade of “2017 Port of the Year” awarded earlier this month by Seatrade Cruise Global, the port said in a statement. 

Since opening, Tortola Pier Park has morphed into a popular multifaceted lifestyle center featuring a unique experience for visitors and residents alike to enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. With this great accomplishment the Management of Tortola Pier Park found it fitting to enter the awards programme offered by Seatrade in hopes to achieve the esteemed recognition of Port of the Year. Through this entry Tortola Pier Park made the shortlist along with Port of Akureyri - Iceland and Port of Olden-Nordford - Norway and in turn became the victor, achieving the title of Port of the Year.

“We are honoured to have received this title of Port of the Year as we have worked tireless since opening to constantly provide an exceptional customer experience through our daily interactions, product mix and services. Winning this award comes at a time when the BVI has been affected by a devastating category 5 hurricane. While we are currently working on rebuilding and restoring the island and our award-winning cruise pier, this award serves as a reason for hope and strength and provides added impetus to become a stronger cruise facility and in turn a stronger destination. We will carry this title with pride as we work towards a better tomorrow, with renewed passion," said Dona Regis, CEO of Tortola Pier Park Ltd.

After every storm comes a beautiful story of hope, resilience, and strength. As the BVI regroup and rebuild, Tortola Pier Park will continue their story of growth. Get ready to once again experience Tortola Pier Park – the premier choice for shopping, dining and entertainment, for locals and visitors in the BVI!