Pat Phillip-Fairn, the BTAs chief product and experiences development officer, said the commencement of the tender operation had stood out as a highlight of the year.
In 2015, RCL partnered with the Bermuda Government to dredge the North Channel making way for the Quantum-size Anthem of the Seas.
Carnival branded ships will make 13 calls to Bermuda in 2018.
Meantime, 2017 proved a growth year for the islands cruise travel market.
Bermuda received 161 cruise ship calls, bringing 416,049 passengers an increase of 18,145 visitors, or 4.6 per cent over 2016.
However, there are seasonal cruise ships to and from Bermuda, mostly from/to US ports.
Of the seasonal cruise ships, many operate via Bermuda-incorporated and Bermuda-based companies/corporations.
The Escape is set to make her inaugural call on April 25, 2018.
The NCL tender between the Royal Naval Dockyard and St Georges, which began in May, brought approximately 45,000 passengers to the East End.
According to the 2018 Bermuda cruise ship schedule, cruise calls are projected to rise 12 per cent and cruise visitor arrivals are forecast to jump 13 per cent.