Following a record breaking week of cruise ship arrivals, the Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs was “encouraged by the tremendous effort from industry partners” from October 31 through to November 1.
Six ships were in port on Halloween with an estimated 9,300 passengers who arrived in the City of Hamilton, Dockyard and St George’s, with one at anchor as well.
Former Minister of Transport, Walter Roban commended “the enormous effort set forth by Departments of Public Transportation and Marine and Ports Services, the taxi and minibus industry, and hotel transportation partners”.
“It is no small feat coordinating lift for such a large number of people and yesterday and today, that was achieved.”
Industry partners rallied to ensure that all visitors had the best possible transportation experience in Bermuda. Efforts included:
- All Public Service Vehicles (such as taxis and mini-buses) were in service to meet the transport demands
- Select community service vehicles and licensed hotel properties were granted permission to operate their shuttles
- An increase in public ferry lift was added, including a supplemental ferry route to St. George and Hamilton from Dockyard
- A supervisor from The Department of Public Transportation was stationed in Dockyard to assist with coordination of bus services based on field reports
Minister Roban concluded: “I would also like to recognize the work done by all of our tourism industry partners and WEDCO. They were instrumental in coordinating entertainment and activities around the island for our guests.”
The ships included:
- Oct 30-31 Carnival Conquest
- Oct 30-31 Hamburg
- Oct 31 AIDAluna
- Oct 31-Nov 01 Disney Magic
- Oct 31-Nov 01 Azamara Journey
- Oct 31-Nov 02 Norwegian Escape