Cruise cabin tax bill
Passed in Bermuda


Feb 6, 2010

passenger cabin tax is applicable while a cruise ship is docked at Bermuda port. The bill to waive the cabin tax has been passed by the Finance Ministry. This means a good news for the Cruise passengers. Benefits of savings should be passed on to the passengers by the cruise line. 
A cabin tax of $14 per night is levied when a ship is docked at the port during May to September. Otherwise it is $10 per night. However, this waiver is not applicable unconditionally to all cruise lines. The Ministry of tourism will now get into discussions with the various cruise lines to know their level of commitments to contribute to Bermuda's tourism and economy before such benefits are extended. 
The waiver will be applicable for cruise ships planning to dock at St George and Hamilton ports in Bermuda. It will also be applicable for some of the cruise ship docking at Kings Wharf at Ireland Island in Sandys parish. 
This bill has been passed in recognition of the fact that Bermuda must promote its tourism further and attract more cruise visitors. 
In 2008, NCL was requested by the Bermuda Government to stay over for one extra night at Kings Wharf port since there was some infrastructure related logistics problems. NCL obliged and in return Bermuda Government had waived the passenger cabin tax for the extra (third) night. As a result the cruise line could save $263,472 which was eventually passed on to the passengers. 
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