Ferry supervisor spreads a little happiness
For the past 26 years, Dennis Outerbridge has helped to ensure holidaymakers enjoy their time in Bermuda.
After starting out as a deckhand, Mr Outerbridge followed in his father Wilfred's footsteps to become a ferry pilot on the Island, as did his brother Eugene.
“I always had the love for the water, it's in the blood,” he said.
“When I began at the Department of Marine & Ports Services, I used to leave home an hour early because I was excited about going to the job.”
Five years ago, Mr Outerbridge became a ferry dispatch supervisor at Dockyard, where he now works in a team of three welcoming visitors, helping with their queries and facilitating a smooth service.
“I get to meet different people from all around the world, and I try to make their experience top-quality,” he said.
“The tourists are usually impressed by the cleanliness of Bermuda and the response they get from the public here — how people go out of their way to help them. They have a great old time. ”
His daughter Denika has followed in the family's ocean-loving footsteps — after completing two seasons on the Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Sky cruise ships.
But Mr Outerbridge is happy to remain in Bermuda and share its wonders with tourists to Dockyard.
“Bermuda is still on the map, and she's a very pretty island,” he said. “I ask visitors to tell their friends to come here.”