Leasing and Marketing Manager
The BVI 2016/2017 Cruise Season has Officially Begun
Tortola Pier Park Kicks off the Cruise Season with the Arrival of MV Aurora
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, Tortola, BVI – The 2016/2017 cruise season is officially deemed open with the arrival of the first peak season cruise ship to the Tortola Pier Park on October 18th, 2016.
Melodic tunes of the live band echoed through the air as passengers disembarked the Aurora cruise ship and were greeted by the friendly smiling faces of Customer Service Ambassadors. Excited to start their day, passengers traversed the welcome center stopping at the various local stores to secure their special memento of their trip to Tortola.
“We have been to the BVI five times via cruise ship and we were really impressed coming off the ship and being welcomed to this area, especially with this lovely new shopping center. The addition of these shops in this area has made a big difference, as it adds to the few shops already found in town,” said two Aurora passengers.
Aurora is a member of the P & O Cruises fleet and has a passenger capacity of 1,950 passengers. Departing Southampton on October 8th, 2016, Aurora began its 15 day journey with its second stop at the Tortola Pier Park in the BVI. Aurora departed Tortola at 5pm navigating its way through the turquoise seas of the BVI, allowing passengers a picture perfect view of the various islands and Cays as the ship left the Territory to continue its journey.
“The Summer season allowed myself and my team the opportunity to strengthen our service quality, in preparation for the new season, ensuring that when customers enter the facility they receive the highest level of service possible and leave with a lasting positive experience. Upon arriving to the facility customers can expect a warm smile and friendly greeting as they come off the ship, live entertainment and a variety of complementary services. We are very excited as the season kicks off to be able to showcase Tortola Pier Park and the wider BVI to new and returning guests,” said Shonia Matthew – Palladino, Customer Service Manager.
The very active cruise season begins on October 2016 and ends in May 2017 with an expected 553,962 passengers and eleven (11) new calls.
Tortola Pier Park is open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm and on Sundays and holidays when a cruise vessel is in port; with extended hours for restaurants and bars until 12pm. The new shopping facility now has forty seven (47) stores operational and is expecting a few more stores to be opened by the end of the year.
For updates and information on the Tortola Pier Park development visit the website at www.tortolapier.com or follow them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/tortolapier ; Instagram – www.instagram.com/tortolapier; or Twitter – @TortolaPierPark.
About Tortola Pier Park
The Tortola Pier Park is newest development in the British Virgin Islands, which consists of an enhanced cruise pier and a five-acre landside shopping facility. The newly enhanced cruise facility includes a 60ft wide, 1,312ft long pier that can berth ships up to a maximum tonnage of 180,000 GRT. The landside shopping center consist of over 60 stores, including retail, service providers, commercial spaces and office space.