WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30: The major upgrade of Heritage Wharf should not affect cruise ships arriving in Bermuda while construction work is ongoing, according to Government.

The pledge comes as the project to strengthen and lengthen the berth in time for the first visit of the Norwegian Breakaway on May 15 is about to get underway.

Government has previously said that the construction phase of the project is scheduled to be completed before the Breakaway’s inaugural trip.

But it remains unclear what will happen if two cruise ships are in Dockyard at the same time and construction work is still being conducted on the pier.

Explorer of the Seas and Riviera are both due to be in Dockyard on April 10, with Riviera supposedly docking at Heritage Wharf.

Just five days later Explorer of the Seas and Poesia are both in Dockyard at the same time, with Poesia scheduled to come alongside at Heritage Wharf.

The two Dockyard berths are also both booked on April 29, May 5 and May 6.

The Bermuda Sun asked Government what would happen if construction work was still ongoing on Heritage Wharf on these occasions.

But we received a generic response saying Government was confident the necessary infrastructure would be ‘ready and sufficient’ for the beginning of the season. A spokesman said: “The Department of Marine and Ports and the Ministry of Public Works have discussed the logistics of carrying out dock improvements when cruise ships are in port and the work is not expected to impact the docking of the ships.

“A plan has been put in place so that the contractor will work around the availability of each berth utilizing King’s Wharf as the primary ship berth if construction work needs the free space at Heritage Wharf.

“We are confident that the necessary infrastructure will be ready and sufficient for the beginning of the cruise ship season.”