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Mr Roban welcomed Deputy Captain Alan Hawkins and crew of the sixth largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises.
He said in a press release: Visitors have been cruising to Bermuda for more than a century and, today, we welcome more than ever before in three port of calls.
Government announced last year that St Georges would receive an additional 12 cruise ship visits annually between 20 through a partnership with NCL.
The agreement included bringing ferries to the island to run from Dockyard to the East End, along with a yearly investment of 0,000 by NCL to sponsor tourism enhancement in co-operation with the BTA.
Captain Ubaldo Armellino also spoke briefly, calling Bermuda one of the most beautiful islands in the world and saying he was sure the passengers would enjoy their time in Bermuda.2-17. Five Bermudian crew, led by long-time mariner Beau Evans, have begun ferrying passengers from NCL cruise ships to and from St Georges and Dockyard on the new tender Bo Hengy II.
The service begun on Monday when junior minister for tourism Kenny Bascome rode with the crew, assisting some of 650 passengers who took the trip from west to east on the first day.
Ms Francis described the arrival as a milestone for St Georges, saying the town welcomed the arrival of additional cruise visits.
The residents and businesses of St George stand poised and ready to extend the hand of friendship and welcome these visitors to our town, she said.Those at for the ceremony and tour of the ship included officials from the Ministry of Transport, Marine and Ports Services, Bermuda Tourism Authority, host port the West End Development Corporation, ships agent Meyer Agencies and the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority.2017. Dockyard has been named the regions top cruise ship destination by the online review site Cruise Critic.Voted a top five destination last year, Dockyard has been declared the best for the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda in the sites cruisers choice destination awards, based on reviews and consumer feedback over the past year.The islands popularity as a vacation destination is growing both for cruise ship visitors and air travelers as more people learn of our mid-Atlantic paradise.At more than 76,000 tonnes, Aurora was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.