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Cruise-Care-691Basseterre, St. Kitts, Tuesday, 10th October, 2017, (MyVueNews.com) –A recent trip to Florida by the Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts and Nevis, Lindsay Grant, seems to have delivered some benefits to the local cruise sector.

Grant, led a team of tourism officials on 4th October, to meet with executives of Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line in a collaborative effort to reassure the cruise lines about post-hurricane port and destination capabilities and receive updates on short- and medium-term alterations to cruise line itineraries.

The delegation also included the ministers of Tourism for Antigua & Barbuda, Asot Michael and their counterpart from St. Lucia, Dominic Fedee.

As a consequence of that visit, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority (SKTA) is reporting that Royal Caribbean has scheduled an additional 35 vessels between October 8th and December 31st 2017.

An additional 40 vessels have also scheduled between January 1 and April 30th 2018.  

Other cruise lines such as Princess, Holland America, Aida, Costa, MSC, Viking, Thompson Cruises, P&O and Celebrity have not cancelled calls and have scheduled their vessels to include St. Kitts as a port of call on existing or revised itineraries over the coming months, said the Authority in a media statement.

However, they also explained, “It is important to note that Royal Caribbean has not scheduled any Oasis class vessels until mid to late November on itineraries including St. Kitts.”

The SKTA indicated that cruise lines are in the process of adjusting their itineraries and diversifying their ports of call following extensive damage received in San Juan, which is the homeport to vessels including the Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas, where repairs are ongoing.  

Further, cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean have modified sailings to aid in delivering humanitarian relief to islands in need.  

Both outcomes have resulted in the revision of many cruise lines’ Caribbean itineraries’ cancellations and additions to St. Kitts, stated SKTA.

The statement from SKTA said their Cruise Ship Schedule will be updated accordingly to reflect the changes upon receipt of notifications from cruise lines.  

There will be additional calls from various cruise line vessels. 

Therefore, a net increase in the number of projected ship calls to the island is expected for the 2017-2018 season.  An estimated 115 vessels up from 96 are scheduled to visit St. Kitts from October 7 to December 31st, a net increase of 19.

Though the passage of recent hurricanes Irma and Maria did not cause any significant damage to the cruise port in St. Kitts, the itineraries of varies ships were severely impacted since 7th September.



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