Will the Bermuda Ferry Workers Strike Impact Cruise Passengers?

October 2, 2010
Update, October 4, 4:55 PM EDT: According to Bermuda's Royal Gazette newspaper, all service is set to resume on Wednesday morning, October 6.

(5:30 p.m. EDT) -- Fresh from its brush with Hurricane Igor, Bermuda has been dealing with a strike by the ferry workers who man the vessels that crisscross the island and provide a valuable, usually dependable mode of transportation for cruise visitors.

By late Friday, some service had resumed, according to a report in the Bermuda Sun, and full service was expected to return by Monday morning -- in time for the arrival of Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, the next ship scheduled to call in Bermuda. Enchantment will visit King's Wharf on October 3 and 4. Holland America's Veendam is then scheduled to stop in St. George's on October 5 and 6, and Hamilton on October 6, 7 and 8. The Bermuda cruise season runs through October.

Currently only the Blue and Pink ferry routes are operating, according to the island's Royal Gazette. Bus service is unaffected by the stoppage.

The strike was called earlier in the week by members of the Bermuda Industrial Union, apparently over ferry maintenance issues.

--by John Deiner, Managing Editor