The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Ports Authority welcomed AIDAbella on its first call to the British Virgin Islands.

The ship berthed at the Cruise Pier in Road Town, Tortola at midday on Wednesday and left later in the day, with some 2,050 passengers aboard.

The ship was on the last part of a 14-day cruise.

Before returning to La Romana, Dominican Republic on Saturday, the ship’s next port of call is Basseterre, St. Kitts.

At the official inaugural ceremony onboard, Captain David Adrian and the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool exchanged greetings and plaques to officially commemorate the ship’s first visit. Captain Adrian said along with AIDA bella, this was also his first visit to the BVI..

his presentation to the captain, Honourable Vanterpool said he is hopeful that the guests and crew enjoy their visit. He further stated, “The Ministry [of Communications and Works] and the BVI Ports Authority will do our best to ensure you are comfortable upon each visit.”

After the ceremony, Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Mr. Claude O. Skelton Cline commented: “I am grateful for the opportunity to see the beautiful ship and meet with its captain and crew.”

Mr. Skelton Cline also said the Territory should note that AIDAbella is returning to the cruise pier on December 11 and Christmas Day. He encouraged businesspersons to especially extend courtesies for AIDA bella on Christmas. Other officials at the inaugural ceremony included representatives from Island Shipping, BVI Tourist Board, Ministry of Communications and Works and the BVI Ports Authority.