Visitors: The Grand Princess, front, and Explorer of the Seas, rear, arrived in Dockyard on Sunday, bringing thousands of tourists to the west end. • Photo by Kageaki Smith.
Visitors: The Grand Princess, front, and Explorer of the Seas, rear, arrived in Dockyard on Sunday, bringing thousands of tourists to the west end. • Photo by Kageaki Smith.
Three cruise liners, a book ship and a car carrier make this the busiest week of the year so far in Bermuda's shipping world.

Monday morning saw the arrival of Dockyard's first cruise ships of the season.

The Explorer of the Seas and the Grand Princess arrived at sunrise, bringing in thousands of tourists.

The Princess originates in Fort Lauderdale and this was her only voyage to Bermuda this year.

She left on Sunday bound for Greenock, Scotland.

The Explorer of the Seas, which left yesterday evening, is set to call in 25 times in 2010 from Cape Liberty.

Just a few hours after the cruise liners arrived in Dockyard, the floating library Logos Hope arrived in Hamilton.

The ship, run by a German charity, will be in the city for two weeks before heading to St John's in Antigua and Barbuda on April 26.

On Monday afternoon the bulk carrier Baku stopped in at Five Fathom Hole off St. David's to pick up engine parts.

The ship, carrying soya beans from Georgia in the U.S. to Morocco, only called in for a matter of minutes.

The Norwegian Dawn is due in Dockyard this morning for the first of 22 visits to Bermuda this year.

The ship hails from New York and will be in port for just over a day and a half on each visit. The Caribbean Highway car carrier is also due in Hamilton today.

The vessel will drop off 46 vehicles that were all built and brought in from Japan.

Tomorrow, the Bermuda Islander is due back again with her latest cargo of foods and supplies.

The Oleander, which arrived on Sunday afternoon, headed back to New Jersey a day early this week for extra repair work.

Last Wednesday afternoon you may have noticed the bulk carrier, Mighty Michalis, off the coast of St. David's.

The vessel was forced to change her itinerary from Morocco to Mississippi after the chief officer fell ill. The 46-year-old Filipino was taken off the ship by pilot boat and rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

His condition did not improve and he was flown to Boston for treatment.

Since then he has made a steady recovery.