Tortola cruise port is located on the Baughers Bay. The largest of the British Virgin Island has only one urban center – Road Town. According to the locals, the name Tortola was given by Christopher Columbus and it means ”land of the turtle dove.” Tortola cruise port is 22 miles from St Thomas and it is the gateway to all British Virgins Islands. Road Town has developed in the last years but still the St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie is bigger shopping center.
Tortola Island attracts passengers with its amazing beaches and the fact that Road Town is not so “commercialized” like most of the Caribbean cruise ports. The official language of the area is English.
Highlights: Road Town, Sage Mountain National Park
Tortola Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Tortola Island dock (anchor) at Road Town - port town on the central-southern coast.
- The cruise port (Road Town Cruise Pier) doesn't have a dedicated terminal building and is capable to accommodate two large-sized vessels at a time. The business distict of the city is within an easy walking distance.
- If there are more than 2 vessels, one of them anchors in the bay and its passengers are tendered ashore to the Road Town Jetty. It is closer to the city center that the cruise pier.
- At the end of Tortola cruise ship pier is located a shelter where the passengers are gathered before any shore excursions or tours. A parking area is adjacent.
- The local taxi service includes mini vans and safari cabs. There is a rank at Tortola port pier (close to Wickham’s Cay or Soper’s Hole).
- A BVI license is needed for car rentals. The license is easily obtainable with a valid US driver’s license and costs USD 10. Be aware to drive on the road’s left side!
- Tourists willing to visit other British Virgin Islands from Tortola, there is a regular ferry service. The island has two ferry terminals – at the west end (Soper’s Hole) and at the east end (Beef Island).
- Regular ferry services is offered between Tortola and Cruz Bay (St John Island, USVI).
The future development of the port authorities includes new Tortola cruise port terminal building.
- On February 16, 2016 was inaugurated the Tortola Pier Park. Prior its construction, British Virgin Islands received around 370,000 cruise passengers annually. For the 1 year period since the park's opening, BVI received almost 700,000 passengers. The new terminal's statistics for that period showed 11 maiden ship calls.
- For the summer 2017, Tortola Pier Park planned special cruise terminal events, featuring live concerts and fun family activities.
Tortola Island tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Bomba’s Surfside Shack: located in Cappoon’s Bay. It is interesting palce to visit famous with its mushroom tea, Bomba Punch and logos saying “Girls with big boops: give Bomba a hug” and “Get naked for Bomba”. The decoration features bras and panties.
- Sailing the British Virgin Islands: the best way to experience the islands. There are a lot of possibilities to enjoy the amazing blue and crystal water.
- Scuba Diving: the best area is north from Tortola cruise port. You can easily access the place (Smuggler’s cove) walking. There is a vendor where you can rent all the equipment.
- Willie T’s Floating Bar&Restaurant: the original wooden restaurant sank in 1995. This is the second one dating from 1996. You can enjoy nice cuisine and great party onboard. The restaurant leaves the Nanny Cay Marina at 5PM and returns usually at 11PM.
The Tortola Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tortola Island, Road Town, BVI.
If you lose the Tortola Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Tortola Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tortola Island, Road Town, BVI. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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