BASSETERRE (1st April, 2016): St. Kitts continues to the reap the rewards of a record setting cruise season, as this week more than 20,000 cruise passengers visited the destination.
This week stakeholders in the cruise sector benefited from multiple cruise ship days, with a total of 10 ships calling on the destination.
Wednesday alone saw four cruise ships visiting St. Kitts: the Riviera, Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Silhouette and the Costa Favolosa, with a combined capacity of 13,174 passengers.
Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant said he will continue to network with cruise line executives to ensure that growth in the cruise sector continues.
“This growth is of course not by accident. 20 years ago Port Zante was built with the vision to meet the growing demand that we are now experiencing,” Grant said. “My Ministry will continue to regulate and manage the quality of the guest experience to ensure high visitor ratings and spend are achieved.”
Last week more than 35,000 cruise ship passengers visited the island, with the highlight of the week being the visit of the world’s largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, which brought more than 6000 passengers to the destination.
Already for the season, St. Kitts has received 17 inaugural ship calls. Next week on Monday 4th April, St. Kitts will receive two more inaugural calls from the Aida Diva of the Aida Cruises, with cruise ship passenger capacity of 1627 and the Mein Schiff 3 of TUI Cruises with cruise ship passenger capacity of 2500.
Construction on a new pier will begin this year, which will include an upgraded dispatching facility. The proposed second pier will meet all the physical requirements for the newest and largest tonnage.
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