BASSETERRE, St Kitts – This week experienced the busiest for cruise travel to St Kitts and Nevis since the island reopened its borders to international visitors, reports St Kitts Tourism and Ports authorities.
“Across the island’s four ports – Port Zante, Basseterre Harbour, Deep Water Harbour and South Friar’s Bay – 21 cruise ships will arrive throughout the week. Among the ships arriving include the Enchanted Princess, Seabourn Ovation, Viking Sea, Allure of the Seas, and the third visit of Explorer of the Seas. Thursday marks the first day with five ships in port,” the authorities December 16 communication reports.
“This week comes as an optimistic sign that the cruising industry is making an unstoppable comeback in St Kitts. We see the number of ship arrivals growing weekly,” said Lindsay F.P. Grant, minister of tourism, transport and ports. “Our commitment to safety paired with our exceptional tours and on-island experiences are driving high demand for the destination on cruise itineraries, and we expect this to continue well into 2022.”
This record number of ship arrivals comes in conjunction with changes to the destination’s arrival requirements. As of December 11, Port Zante is completely free-flow, enabling cruise passengers to seamlessly integrate into the Federation and providing nationals and residents with access to the port. Travel Approved tours, attractions, restaurants and bars are now open to all fully vaccinated travelers, nationals and residents.
“This busy cruise week shows that demand for our destination continues to grow,” said Racquel Brown, chief executive officer of the St Kitts Tourism Authority. “The reduced travel restrictions make it easier for cruise and international air travelers to engage their senses and seamlessly immerse themselves in our quintessential Caribbean escape.”
After pausing cruise travel when borders closed in March 2020, St Kitts and Nevis welcomed back its first ships last July. Since then, the twin-island federation has hosted a steady increase in ship arrivals and has allowed for passengers to explore the destination via “Travel Approved” tours and attraction sites.