In 2015, RCL partnered with the Bermuda Government to dredge the North Channel making way for the Quantum-size Anthem of the Seas.Carnival branded ships will make 13 calls to Bermuda in 2018.
Meantime, 2017 proved a growth year for the islands cruise travel market.Bermuda received 161 cruise ship calls, bringing 416,049 passengers an increase of 18,145 visitors, or 4.6 per cent over 2016.The Escape is set to make her inaugural call on April 25, 2018.The NCL tender between the Royal Naval Dockyard and St Georges, which began in May, brought approximately 45,000 passengers to the East End.The total estimated economic impact of visitor spending and government tax revenue is expected to be more than million, including an estimated million in visitor spending and million in tax revenue.
In 2018, the total projected economic impact of both visitor spending and government tax revenue is .8 million, with .8 million estimated in visitor spending and million in tax revenue.
Water Roban, the Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs, said the island looked forward to Disney Cruise Lines making its first calls in October 2018.
The ongoing relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will bring smaller cruise ships such as the Oceania and Regent Seven Seas brands back to Hamilton and St Georges.
The total economic impact would be an increase of approximately .7 million.
The City of Hamilton will see 17 calls in 2018, down from 26 calls in 2017.
The ports in Hamilton and St Georges were described as better suited for small cruise ships that make occasional calls.