They are seasonal because Bermuda, not the Caribbean but 1200 miles north of it, has an appreciably cooler climate in the winter months. Transport minister Walter Roban led the delegation aboard the Bermuda-registered luxury liner which arrived from the port of Charleston, United States, on its inaugural visit to the island.
Stopping in its home port for the day and then sailing on to Ponta Delgada, Azores, the vessel carried some 1,900 passengers and a crew of 850.
Those at for the ceremony and tour of the ship included officials from the Ministry of Transport, Marine and Ports Services, Bermuda Tourism Authority, host port the West End Development Corporation, ships agent Meyer Agencies and the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority.2017. Dockyard has been named the regions top cruise ship destination by the online review site Cruise Critic.
Voted a top five destination last year, Dockyard has been declared the best for the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda in the sites cruisers choice destination awards, based on reviews and consumer feedback over the past year.
Since 1966, there has not been a regularly-scheduled passenger shipping service to Bermuda.
Since then, ships serving Bermuda year-round from both the USA and elsewhere in the world have been freight-only vessels.
Mr Roban welcomed Deputy Captain Alan Hawkins and crew of the sixth largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises.
He said in a press release: Visitors have been cruising to Bermuda for more than a century and, today, we welcome more than ever before in three port of calls.
The residents and businesses of St George stand poised and ready to extend the hand of friendship and welcome these visitors to our town, she said.
Mr Fahy also noted the St Regis hotel project in St Georges and the new airport terminal building, both of which he said would bring economic activity to the area.
In 2012, we promised to be a reliable partner and help bring recovery to St Georges, and we havent finished yet, he said.
However, there are seasonal cruise ships to and from Bermuda, mostly from/to US ports.
Of the seasonal cruise ships, many operate via Bermuda-incorporated and Bermuda-based companies/corporations. The schedule shows highlights and later, where in Bermuda each ship will dock in chronological order, with expected time of arrival and departure.2017. A Bermuda delegation participated in a welcome and plaque exchange aboard the MS Aurora, during the ships short stay at Kings Wharf in Dockyard.