Tortola Pier revamped to welcome larger ships

By ,   April 30, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

The expanded cruise pier in Tortola was officially opened. It's expected to bring more ships to the BVI (British Virgin Islands) port.

The pier was renovated by widening and lengthening it to accommodate larger cruise ships.

In a ceremony yesterday government and industry officials announced Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line would be bringing around 425,000 visitors to the island per year, which was a 21% increase over current levels.

The project hasn't been without its issues. Many ships were forced to tender during the renovations, making Tortola port less attractive for travelers. The agreement with Norwegian and Disney also caused cruise lines that were currently using the port, to drop it from their itineraries (Carnival, for example).

According to Seatrade Insider, while the port was already open, many of the shops in Tortola Pier Park would not be ready until May.