He later added: Its great to celebrate what we can achieve together.
And Im happy to say that Bermudas friends at NCL are delivering on a commitment to work with the Government of Bermuda, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Town of St George to boost the fortunes of the East End after far too many years of limited economic momentum.
Since 1966, there has not been a regularly-scheduled passenger shipping service to Bermuda.
Since then, ships serving Bermuda year-round from both the USA and elsewhere in the world have been freight-only vessels.
The islands popularity as a vacation destination is growing both for cruise ship visitors and air travelers as more people learn of our mid-Atlantic paradise.
At more than 76,000 tonnes, Aurora was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Those at for the ceremony and tour of the ship included officials from the Ministry of Transport, Marine and Ports Services, Bermuda Tourism Authority, host port the West End Development Corporation, ships agent Meyer Agencies and the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority.2017. Dockyard has been named the regions top cruise ship destination by the online review site Cruise Critic.
Voted a top five destination last year, Dockyard has been declared the best for the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda in the sites cruisers choice destination awards, based on reviews and consumer feedback over the past year.
The residents and businesses of St George stand poised and ready to extend the hand of friendship and welcome these visitors to our town, she said.
Mr Fahy also noted the St Regis hotel project in St Georges and the new airport terminal building, both of which he said would bring economic activity to the area.