According to a report from the Virgin Islands Platinum News, Disney Cruise Line along with Norwegian Cruise Line are set to sign berthing agreements in Tortola by the end of the month. It was revealed this past October that these two cruise lines were in talks when Carnival decided to cancel calls beginning in 2014 when the BVI Port Authority was unable to confirm available berthing dates for the 2015 – 2016 cruise season as a result of ongoing negotiations with the government and both NCL & DCL.
In November, Karl Holz confirmed that Disney is working on an agreement, and on the heals of today’s report, Disney Cruise Line added Tortola, British Virgin Islands to their site map, however at this time the link is just a placeholder.
It appears Disney is preparing their website for an upcoming itinerary announcement which based on today’s news may very well include an Eastern Caribbean itinerary with a stop in Tortola.
UPDATE: A new article from the Caribbean Journal (and here) reports that Karl Holz will join Colin Murphy, NCL’s Vice President, for a official signing ceremony on Friday, January 17, 2014. According to the article, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority states it will formally enter into preferential berthing agreements with Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line each of which will guarantee 75,000 passengers annually.