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Rejuvenation of the Cruise Experience in the British Virgin Islands

iscover one of nature’s best-kept secrets when you cruise into the British Virgin Islands. Set among 60 islands, cays, atolls and isles, this destination is overflowing with unique culture, tasty food and endless adventures. A cruise stop gives guests and crew a chance to uncover the true spirit of the BVI and make them want to plan a trip back to immerse themselves deeper. The BVI made national news in September 2017, when Hurricane Irma struck the islands. A little more than a year later, the BVI is ready to welcome all visitors back. The soft, white beaches are as picturesque as ever, the structures have been rebuilt, and sailors and cruisers alike are steering their boats toward the shores. Ongoing restoration efforts ensure that the islands will not only be entirely back to normal, but enhanced and better than ever. All cruise visitors will have the pleasure of arriving at the newly improved cruise pier and shopping center, Tortola Pier Park. A colonial style entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the cruise port is located in Road Town, Tortola, 56 FOURTH QUARTER 2018 | TRAVEL & CRUISE

the territory’s capital and largest island in the BVI. The brightly colored buildings offer a warm welcome and house over 54 businesses, including unique BVI concept stores and popular international brands. Once disembarked, travelers and crew will find themselves within walking and driving distance of many attractions. Logistically speaking, Tortola Pier Park can accommodate two large ships at the dock and two more ships anchored in Road Harbour. Scheduling ensures all guests feel unique and special upon their arrival, with tour guides and transfers ready to show guests the beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Crew members have access to a crew lounge and dining, and banking and medical services are conveniently available for all. While exploring the complex, guests will encounter enthusiastic locals, coffee shops, vendors selling delectable food and lively entertainment. From steel bands performances, jazz festivals to parades, Tortola Pier Park has a wide range of events to entertain visitors and locals all year long. While strolling among Tortola

Pier Park’s stores, shoppers will be quick to notice the unique product selection, from exclusive international brands to eccentric local crafts that can only be found in BVI, ensuring the opportunity to find the perfect keepsake to take home. All shopping is duty free, so be sure to take advantage of fabulous deals on electronics and other items that are useful while cruising. With choices of cocktail bars, cigar lounges, fine dining restaurants or eateries serving a quick bite, guests will be sure to find the perfect spot to unwind and pique their palates. Travelers should sample some authentic Caribbean flair like a bite of the famous Caribbean spiny lobster or a BVI Painkiller, the most famous cocktail of the British Virgin Islands. Originally invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar at Jost Van Dyke, the Painkiller is made with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice and Pusser’s Rum topped with grated nutmeg. Visitors rave over the many places to explore and experience beyond the hub of activity at Tortola Pier Park. Available activities include shopping, seeing historical sites, hiking, kayaking, zip lining,

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