TUESDAY, APR. 5: On Saturday, Minister of Transport Terry Lister; Walter Lister, chairman of the West End Development Corporation (Wedco); and Christopher Rynd, captain of the Queen Victoria, officially opened the Heritage Wharf Shopping & Duty Free at Dockyard, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Also in attendance were Ellen Kate-Horton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport; Larry Jacobs, transportation consultant; Ian Macintyre, policy analyst at the Ministry of Transport; Andrew Dias, general manager of Wedco; and shop owner Carole Holding.

Heritage Wharf houses port security and H.M. Customs for cruise ship passengers disembarking and embarking on this arm as well as a gift and duty-free shop run by Ms Holding. The shop sells items with her popular paintings such as bone-china mugs, placemats, chopping boards and tea trays.

The shop also sells a selection of duty-free liquor. It is the only duty-free shop operated at a seaport in Bermuda.

Heritage Wharf Shopping & Duty Free opened during the 2010 cruise season; however, it was officially opened on Saturday on the occasion of the first cruise ship arriving at Dockyard for the 2011 season.

Mr. Walter Lister said: “The addition of a second cruise ship to Dockyard is a great benefit to the retailers and restaurants at Dockyard. We were very pleased to welcome the Queen Victoria to Bermuda on Saturday and we look forward to additional visits from other cruise ship lines this summer.”

Ms Holding said: “It was exciting to see the first cruise ship passengers of the season arrive at Heritage Wharf on Saturday. Some of them watched our ribbon-cutting ceremony and others stayed behind to taste some Gosling’s Black Seal rum following the event. We’re looking forward to a busy cruise-ship season and to welcoming other tourists to Bermuda this summer.”