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carnival-fascination-2Basseterre, Friday 13th October, 2017, (MyVueNews.com) –While St. Kitts suffered minimal damage from the recent hurricanes-Maria and Irma-its cruise tourism sector has had mixed fortunes.

An added 19 calls of cruise ships are expected to visit the island in coming weeks and months, given the damage caused to nearby ports in islands such as St. Maarten, Dominica and US Virgin Islands.

However, at the same time, the cruise sector is to be affected with the withdrawal from service to Port Zante, of the Carnival Fascination.

St. Kitts Tourism Authority (SKTA) revealed on Friday, (13th October), that the US Government, through its Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) has chartered the vessel until February 2018, to help in the hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As a consequence, Carnival Fascination will not sail to St. Kitts this Friday, but will instead provide housing for relief staff in St. Croix, which was hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

A release from the SKTA said the Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, explained that the Carnival Fascination will be missed.

He said however that he understands there is a great need to provide recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands.

“Our people in St. Kitts and Nevis have supported our brothers and sisters throughout the region, who were impacted by the hurricanes,” Minister Grant said.

Grant-carnivalGrant admits that this is not an ideal situation, but he added that the Carnival Cruise Line is indeed a true partner to the Caribbean “…and we applaud and fully support this humanitarian effort to help the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority will unveil a strong cruise schedule for calls on Fridays, in the absence of the Carnival Fascination, continued the release.



 

 


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