Daniel Farkas, General Council and Chief Development Officer at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has addressed the swirling rumours surrounding the cancellation of five cruise calls to the British Virgin Islands.

Farkas vehemently denied any connection between the cancellations and purported safety concerns or the state of the territory’s infrastructure.

During a press conference held on Tuesday, Farkas, who also serves as the Operations Committee Chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, clarified that the decision to cancel the calls was solely due to a mechanical issue that befell the cruise ship slated for the BVI.

He emphasized that these cancellations were not driven by the alleged safety concerns or infrastructure issues.

Farkas said once he became aware of the rumours and the impact of the cancellations to the territory’s economy a decision was quickly made to have five additional calls to the BVI.

Moreover, Farkas unveiled ambitious expansion plans, citing the acquisition of eight new vessels that will bolster Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ presence in the region. He asserted that these developments would not only benefit the cruise line but also contribute to the economic prosperity of the Virgin Islands.