The ships are Grandeur of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas.
They are the first to be announced since the BVI Port Authority was granted permission to handle technical calls and warm layups in their seaports.
The acting managing director of the BVI Ports Authority, Oleanvine Maynard, stated that the ships will only dock for refueling, taking over provisions and spare parts and possibly other services.
The crew are not allowed to disembark and the employees on land have no access to the ships.
The BVI Ports Authority cruise dock is a safe zone and people are not allowed to enter the occupied area of the security gate.
“As representatives of Royal Caribbean, we are indeed delighted that two of their ships are calling at Tortola,” said Patricia Romney, Operations Manager for the Romasco Group. “We are grateful to the Virgin Islands Government for finding a way to support our cruise partners during these critical times.”
The Royal Caribbean Group gave a detailed presentation on warm layup procedures to the BVI Ports Authority.
Hernan Zini, Vice President Worldwide Operations for the Royal Caribbean Group, thanked the government and the people of the British Virgin Islands for welcoming the ships so that vital services can be performed.
“During this challenging time together, the health and safety of the communities we visit and our crew members are a top priority,” said Zini. “We are all looking forward to the day when we can sail again and return with our guests to visit the beautiful destination and the warm people of the BVI.”
The economic benefits of extending tech calls or warm layups include refueling, repairs, and commissioning activities in the area before heading back to sea.
The BVI Ports Authority said maintaining a connection with the cruise industry and further servicing the cruise industry in the safe manner suggested for technical calls / warm layups can be an “integral part of the restart strategy”.
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