Kenny Bascome, Junior Minister of Tourism, a St Georges MP, said: This increase in business will provide an important boost to the number of visitors to the Olde Towne.

It is anticipated that the catamarans will be based in St Georges during the winter months for repairs and maintenance, providing a further boost to the St Georges economy.

They are seasonal because Bermuda, not the Caribbean but 1200 miles north of it, has an appreciably cooler climate in the winter months. Cruiseport Ferry Management, owned by experienced mariner Beau Evans, will operate the two 85-foot catamarans from next July.

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Theresa Gibbons, manager of the Island Store in St Georges said: Its a 300 per cent increase in cruises thats amazing.

The NCL cruise ships that are coming in are high-end cruise ships that hold about 700 passengers, which is very good for us.

We are very happy that the BTA is working for St Georges.

Geza Wolf, of Wahoos restaurant on Water Street, said: Any ship and every ship that comes in is more than welcome.

Every little helps thats the truth and it helps to create an atmosphere in St Georges. We will take what we can get and with the Americas Cup, May and June will be just crazy.

It looks like it will be an amazing year and were very hyped up and getting ready for a very, very busy summer.Mr Zuill added that the decision by Norwegian Cruise Lines to station two ferries in Bermuda to shuttle passengers from Dockyard to St George would also increase visitor numbers.He said: Thats a bonus as well we have a problem with transportation and that will relieve a lot of stress in terms of transportation into St Georges and getting people around. Mr Zuill was speaking after it was announced that Norwegian Cruise Lines would increase calls by its smaller premium brands, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.However, there are seasonal cruise ships to and from Bermuda, mostly from/to US ports.Of the seasonal cruise ships, many operate via Bermuda-incorporated and Bermuda-based companies/corporations. The schedule shows highlights and later, where in Bermuda each ship will dock in chronological order, with expected time of arrival and departure.2016. A Bermudian firm has won a bid to run two ferries between Dockyard and St George for Norwegian Cruise Lines.Mr Evans holds Department of Marine & Ports class C pilots licence, as well as having a Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers qualification, which includes proficiency in marine safety, security, firefighting and first aid.