Tuesday, September 19, 2017

St. Kitts is Ready to Welcome Visitors & Partners With Carnival Cruise Line to Aid Caribbean Neighbors

St. Kitts is pleased to report that the island's airport, cruise port, and all tourism providers are open and resuming normal operations, as it was fortunate to be virtually unscathed by Hurricane Irma.

"We are thrilled to get back to business as usual and ready to welcome visitors," said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant. "For those who planning to travel to island, we look forward to providing a world-class experience and all the warm Kittitian hospitality for which we have become known."

Cruise lines have resumed scheduled port calls to St. Kitts, with passengers from The Carnival Fascination enjoying the island's various attractions and activities last Friday. Over the course of the next week, a total of four vessels are scheduled to dock at Port Zante, including Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas on September 21. With the arrival of the Carnival Magic on September 20, St. Kitts expects to welcome its one millionth passenger this year. A historic first for the island, the occasion also raises St. Kitts to marquee port status.

We are pleased to report that St. Kitts has agreed to partner with Carnival Cruise Line to assist in delivering humanitarian relief supplies to St. Maarten, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. As such, Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line delivered supplies to St. Kitts during a call from the Carnival Fascination, which docked at Port Zante on Saturday. Among supplies then delivered by boat from St. Kitts to St. Maarten, which suffered extensive damage from the storm, were food, beverages, medical supplies and equipment including essential items such as blankets, batteries and ice. St. Kitts' own relief efforts for neighboring islands began the previous weekend, with water from the St. Kitts Bottling Company being shipped on a vessel to Saba, where it was in very low supply. Starting on Thursday, September 21, a donation box will be placed at Port Zante for arriving cruise passengers and local citizens alike to further aid in relief efforts.

At this time, we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been affected by the storm, particularly to those in need of emergency relief.

Image Courtesy St. Kitts Tourism

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