The dredging operations at the passenger ship terminal moved aside on Sunday and were replaced by two Norwegian ships and the smaller Ocean Explorer cruise ship. The Norwegian Gem and Getaway were both in port Sunday morning, and were heading out Sunday night for Portugal and Halifax, respectively, a break from the Bermuda and Caribbean runs they have been doing all winter. The Ocean Explorer is a smaller cruise ship which was new last year and in town for the first time this year. It headed for Newport by Sunday evening.
A nice looking ketch was anchored north of the Boat Basin flying a French flag. There are no mooring balls in this year because the Boat Basin is closed for reconstruction, although they might not be in this early in the year anyway even in normal circumstances. In the background was the Mako with its barge, which has been anchored in the river since yesterday.
“A Dock”, the recreational pier at the Boat Basin rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, opened as usual for the season on April 1, despite the rest of the docks of the marina being closed for the next few years.