Press Release

Ministry of Communications and Works
Release Date:
Friday, 4 December 2015 - 4:15pm

Captain of the Norwegian Breakaway, Mr. Michael Hilden has expressed that he is pleased with Tortola Pier Park.

The cruise liner is making its inaugural call to the port at Road Town with approximately 6, 500 guests and crew. At a plaque exchange onboard, Captain Hilden said, “It was really nice to approach this morning to see the nice big pier you have built for us and also to see the big village (Tortola Pier Park) we have in front of us. I wish you all the best and the next time the ship is here in January, everything will be open for our guests.”

Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark Vanterpool said that the Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to putting facilities in place to enable visitors to have  a memorable and world-class experience when visiting the Territory.

Honourable Vanterpool added, “We are doing a lot to improve a number of the areas, the infrastructure, the roads and the sidewalks, the destinations on land and on the other beautiful small islands that your guest will enjoy. Hopefully, when you come back by next season most of our destinations on-land would have improved tremendously.”

The Minister presented a plaque to Captain Hilden in commemoration of the occasion. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) also received a plaque from its agents,, Island Shipping. Norwegian Breakaway is the fifth NCL ship to berth at the newly expanded pier and will return in January 2016.      

The Tortola Pier Park will be officially opened later this month. The public is invited to the Grand opening slated for December 22 at 5:15 p.m. To view video updates about the pier, visit


Nekita Turnbull

Ag. Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730