Bermuda’s Ministry of Tourism and Transport expects a busy year among cruise ships in 2019.
They’re estimating that they’ll receive an extra 68,000 cruise ship visitors with 192 calls in Bermuda, which will bring a total of 544,000 passengers.
This is a 14 percent increase from the number of passengers who visited in 2018.
With the increase in passengers, Bermuda is expecting about $7.9 million in tax revenue and visitor spending.
Zane DeSilva, Minister of Tourism and Transport, said, “We have another growth year for cruise ship calls to Bermuda and we look forward to welcoming approximately 544,000 cruise ship passengers in 2019.”
“Be assured, though, that our Government is very mindful of the big picture: the increase in cruise passengers, year over year, the need to balance air and cruise arrivals, and the challenge of providing the necessary infrastructure to serve all of our visitors.”
“My ministry is working diligently to attract more business for Hamilton and St. George’s,” he added.
Bermuda Tourism Authority is focusing on increasing the number of ships during the cooler months.
Kevin Dallas, the CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority said, “The long lead time of the cruise ship industry means the Bermuda Tourism Authority has accounted for next year’s cruise passenger’s growth in the National Tourism Plan.”
“Our focus between now and 2025 is better balance in Bermuda’s cruise business with more calls outside the summer months, increases in what cruise passengers spend on-island and, perhaps most importantly, growing the number of vacationers who arrive by air.”
Cruise-ship goers can be among the thousands of travelers to visit Bermuda in 2019. The NCL Peal, NCL Jade, Celebrity Edge, Spirit of Discover, and Adventure of the Seas will have inaugural visits to the island next year.
Plus, the Disney Magic cruise ship will be returning for five calls between September 27 and October 25, 2019.
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