“This partnership has resulted in one hundred percent increase in cruise arrivals between 2015 and 2019,” said Minister Grant during the Ministry of Tourism, Ports and Transportation Press Conference on August 17 where he announced that two ships from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will be docking at Port Zante on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 for an extended period of safe harbouring.
“Over the past five years, my team at the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and SCASPA, have worked tirelessly with Royal Caribbean to strengthen our relationship and improve our partnership,” he said.
“In fact, Royal Caribbean was a major contributor to our achievement of our one million passengers on the 16 of July 2018, and the 14th of august 2019,” said Minister Grant.
“It was taking this into consideration when the cruise line reached out to me requesting the safe harbouring of the Rhapsody of the Seas and the Vision of the Seas that I took the matter to Cabinet for their review,” he said.
“Our partnerships are the reason for our significant achievements in cruise tourism and if we can assist while ensuring no risk to our citizens and our residents with our health and safety protocols to mitigate the COVID-19 I recommend that we do so,” said Minister Grant, while stating that “this assistance represents the true nature of our people to support others in a time of need. It is who we are.”