BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - HEAD of the National Emergency Operations Center, Abdias Samuel has confirmed that two Royal Caribbean Cruiseline vessels would be in the Federation for safe docking in the coming days.
The Rhapsody of the Sea and the Grandeur of the Seas are the two vessels earmarked to call in St. Kitts for a short period.
That announcement was made last evening (Nov. 18) during the NEOC media brief, where it was revealed that there would be “no shore time” for the vessels’ passengers.
“What that means is that no one will be disembarking the vessels,” Samuel disclosed.
Back in August, the Government announced that two vessels, also from the Royal Caribbean Cruiseline, the Rhapsody of the Sea and the Vision of the Seas, were expected to dock in St. Kitts but that never materialised.
According to media reports, the initial delay for the ships’ arrival was due to additional documentations that were requested.
According to the NEOC boss, the vessels would be provisioned under strict protocols that are currently in place and must be followed.
Samuel explained that the vessels should be arriving in the coming weeks.
“Again, I am appealing to citizens for calm as in no way, shape or form we will jeopardise the gains we have made in keeping St. Kitts and Nevis safe. So please understand this is part and parcel of us opening our borders safely,” he added.
Even as the crew will not be docking, the NEOC head did not give any indication on how the operation will work, what will happen if some got sick onboard the vessel, whether anyone will be tested or for how long the vessels will be in the Federation.