St Kitts & Nevis celebrates as four cruise ships dock at Port Zante
History was made in St Kitts and Nevis on Monday, as for the very first time, four cruise vessels docked simultaneously at the ever popular Port Zante.
The Celebrity Summit and the Seabourn Odyssey were the first two ships to dock at the recently constructed pier.
Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, said the completion of the pier, the Federations second major docking station, means they can welcome even more visitors to the island.
“This development signals another huge win for the Federations tourism product. As was proven today, there are many people wanting to visit St Kitts and Nevis. This second pier means we can welcome them and treat them to a taste of St Kitts, guaranteed to leave them yearning for more” he said.
PM Harris said the construction of a second pier on Port Zante was only possible because of the high level of cooperation between the ministries of Tourism and Public Infrastructure.
“All the well-wishers of St. Kitts and Nevis would be pleased by the historic docking of two vessels on our newest cruise pier and what it symbolizes, and what, in the end, this means for the expansion of the tourism and cruise tourism in the country” he said.
Now that phase one of the project (the construction and operationalization of the pier) has been completed, PM Harris said, phase two will begin in the new year and will see seven amenities being added to the multi-million dollar facility.
The Celebrity Summit and the Seabourn Odyssey are two of four cruise vessels that docked at Port Zante on Monday. The 4,180 passenger capacity Anthem of the Seas and the 4,372-capacity Britannia, berthed at the first cruise pier.
The four cruise vessels carried approximately 12,000 cruise passengers to the island.
St Kitts and Nevis was recently named Caribbean Journals, Cruise Destination of the year. Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, Lindsay Grant, said “The fact that St Kitts was chosen as the best Cruise Destination in the entire Caribbean, is yet another testament to the sector of our tourism sector. This is a crowning achievement immediately following our being the only destination in the OECS ever to achieve one million cruise passenger arrivals and having done so now for two years in a row.”
Caribbean Journal has also named St Kitts and Nevis one of the best 19 Caribbean islands to visit in 2019, one of the best 25 Caribbean beaches to visit in 2019, one of the best honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean and one of the top 20 islands to live on in the Caribbean.