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Oriana, First Cruise Ship of 2019 Arrives, Jan 13 2019

20 January 2019
The tourist season never really ends in Bermy but the first cruise ship of the year the Oriana arrived last Saturday Jan 13.

Cruise ship Oriana

2019. January 8. The number of cruise ship visitors rocketed by more than 168 per cent last November compared with the same period in 2017, the Bermuda Tourism Authority said yesterday.

The number of tourists who arrived by air rose by just 2.7 per cent over the same time frame. Kevin Dallas, the BTA chief executive, said: "As outlined in the National Tourism Plan, our strategy is to focus on better balance in Bermuda's cruise business with more calls outside the summer months. The effectiveness of that strategy has shown up in the November 2018 visitor arrival statistics."

Mr Dallas added: "As our extended season strategy takes hold, we hope tourism experience providers are ready to provide the same level of service to cruise passengers in November as they do during the summer." A total of 18,620 visitors travelled to the island by cruise ship and 11,836 tourists flew to the island last November.

2018. December 28. Bermuda is expected to receive an extra 68,000 cruise ship visitors next year, according to the Government. Next year's cruise ship schedule includes 192 calls to Bermuda, which is estimated to bring 544,000 passengers, a rise of 14 per cent on the 2018 figure. Zane DeSilva, Minister of Tourism and Transport, said the increase in passengers is expect to generate $7.9 million in tax revenue and increase visitor spending.

He 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." The minister added: "My ministry is working diligently to attract more business for Hamilton and St George's." Kevin Dallas, Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO, said the body is still working to increase the number of ships in the cooler months.

Mr Dallas 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." Next year's cruise ship schedule includes five inaugural visits to the island, including calls from NCL Pearl, NCL Jade, Celebrity Edge, Spirit of Discovery and the Adventure of the Seas.

Seems that in this aspect at least the local economy is set to perform well this year.

Abandoned boats in Bermuda

20 January 2019


Watched this video this morning which dates back from last year, I have noticed abandoned boats and was searching on the internet to see what happens with them, some in this video are in very poor condition clearly, but not all of them, guess there are no end of sorry stories behind each one.

I do wonder if any of them get recovered and restored?

Basically last year the Government ran a clean up campaign, removing sucken boats from Bermudian waters, and if you "owned up" to one being yours, they did it for free, but if you didn't and they subsequently traced it to you then you potentially got the bill.

I also wonder how many bills actually got raised in the end, I might put in a freedom of information request to find that out, I am guessing probably none, as people have died, left the island and just abandoned their boats and other similar events.

Time for us in Bermuda

20 January 2019
Time for us

The superyacht Time For Us visted Bermy last year, it is a 122-foot long luxury vessel that can accommodate eight guests in four cabins with a crew of six. Time For Us is reported to be available to charter with recreation facilities that include Yamaha Waverunners, 2 person kayaks, a wake board, and more. It is available to charter for approximately $141,500 per week.

Kinda steep rate per week !

Only goes to show my income is a long way short of what is needed to be in that league..

London boat show cancelled

06 January 2019
Just as well that I checked as I been planning to visit London in the next week to combine seeing my family and attending the London boat show, it was only when I googled it today that I discover that the show was cancelled!

Insufficient support from the marine industry is the reason why the London Boat Show 2019 will not go ahead next January, according to show organisers, British Marine.

London Boat Show

The show, which changed from a 10-day to a five-day format in 2018, was expected to be held at ExCeL London from 9-13 January 2019.

In a statement, British Marine said it had made the decision after commissioning research by exhibition experts, Zing Insights, which spoke with more than 67% of exhibitors from the 2018 show.

British Marine reported the following

'This revealed that whilst a number of marine companies supported the change to a five day show, finding it preferable to a 10 day show, a large number of key exhibitors were not prepared to commit to exhibiting to a five day Show at ExCeL in January 2019,' said British Marine.

London boat show pic

Visitor research also showed that consumer satisfaction of the 2018 show, which looked at the content and the number and diversity of sailing and power boats exhibited, was 'below acceptable industry standards'.

I went last time in 2017 so not sure what went wrong in 2018, maybe the shorter show duration 5 days instead of 10 made it harder to justify the cost of transporting boats to a show like that. Shame as I really enjoyed them, hope it gets back on for 2020.

Bermuda Drone Aerial View

04 January 2019
I contribute often via Reddit and someone pinged me over this aerial video of Bermuda taken with a drone it really is good and if you are not familar with Bermuda then it gives you a pretty good idea of the island and what to expect if you visit.



I have started contributing a little on another blogging platform today also never heard or used beanyblogger before but it seems OK and is based on wordpress here is a post about Bermy.

Wasn't me!

03 January 2019
Saw a really great sunset shortly before New Year and a boat with a really cool name - "wasn't me" - I found it cool at least at first but I guess it would become annoying pretty quick.

Great sunset

Glad to see a boat owner with a sense of humour though.

Bermuda has fantastic sunsets as you can see from this pic with the sea, boats and sky all in great alignment
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