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Transport policy reversed as ‘Anthem’ docks

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Plenty to see: Lesley Howse, from England, and a passenger on the Oriana, stands in amazement as she looks at the biggest ship to arrive at Bermuda’s shores, the Anthem of the Seas (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

An unpopular transport policy for Dockyard has been reversed, enabling visitors to buy tokens and two-day passes for the island’s public transportation.

The switch came as the Anthem of the Seas, the biggest cruise liner ever to call on the island, moored yesterday at the West End with some 6,000 people on board.

The restrictions at Dockyard’s Visitor Information Centre, which initially limited its options to the sale of one-day bus passes only, had been aimed at giving better access to business for taxis and minibuses, as well as keeping public transport from being overwhelmed.

However, the policy, enacted at the start of the cruise ship season, was poorly received, garnering negative comments online.

According to a Bermuda Tourism Authority spokesman, the organisation has been advising tourists at TripAdvisor and other popular online platforms that the Dockyard facility is now offering “a full range of transportation options out of Dockyard”.

“The recent decision by the Ministry of Tourism and Transport to limit certain kinds of fares has been revised upon feedback from visitors,” the statement reads.

As well as offering private shuttles to beaches and other locations, one and two-day public transportation passes, as well as single-ride bus fares, are available.

“We regret the frustration caused temporarily, and look forward to servicing all visitors and encouraging exploration throughout the island.”

Mighty guest: the Anthem of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship to come to Bermuda, at Dockyard yesterday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)