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St. Kitts & Nevis celebrates the reopening of cruise

St. Kitts & Nevis celebrates the reopening of cruise
St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates the resumption of cruise tourism with the arrival of the Seabourn Odyssey
Pax Global Media

St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates the resumption of cruise tourism with the arrival of the Seabourn Odyssey, a ship in the ultra-luxury Seabourn cruise line, which will make a port call every week during the period July to October 2021.

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A symbolic ship-to-ship salute, live steelpan performances, and the renown drummers greeted the Odyssey, her passengers, and crew as it docked at South Friars Bay. 

"Today is indeed a wonderful day for people of St. Kitts and Nevis as we warmly welcome the luxurious Seabourn Odyssey to our shores," Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris said. "Tourism is one of the main drivers of the economy, and therefore our plan is to reopen the destination for tourism and travel responsibly. We have implemented a phased approach to rebuilding the cruise sector aimed at supporting our local economy and providing our visitors with a safe and positive on-island experience."

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay F.P. Gran shared that they are pleased to welcome the Seabourn Odyssey to St. Kitts and Nevis for the highly-anticipated restart of our cruise tourism sector.

“St. Kitts is a destination that remains in high demand amongst travelers and I want to thank our cruise line partners and our stakeholders here on island for working so diligently with us to ensure that all the necessary requirements were met to allow for the successful return of cruises to the Federation. This is indeed a propitious occasion as we begin rebuilding towards our preeminent cruise port position in the region,” he said.

Summer 2021 cruise arrivals

Thursday, July 29: Celebrity Summit

Wednesday, August 11: Allure of the Seas

Thursday, August, 12: Celebrity Summit

Tuesday, August 24: Celebrity Equinox

Wednesday, August 25: Celebrity Summit and Allure of the Seas

Thursday, August 26:  Symphony of the Seas

Current minimum protocols for any cruise ship visiting St. Kitts & Nevis include:

1. All crew and all passengers over the age of 18 must be vaccinated.

2. All passengers, crew, and children under the age of 18 must present a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of home-port embarkation.

3. Only bubble-vaccinated tours and attractions will be offered to cruise passengers.

4. Passengers and crew are not permitted to interact with the general population. All tours will leave the dispatch area within the secure perimeter and return.

5. All personnel interacting with cruise vessel operations including ship agents, port staff, taxi, and tour operators must be vaccinated.

Travel approved bubble tours

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has worked with stakeholders to develop fully vaccinated ‘Travel Approved’ bubble tours, to showcase the island’s one-of-a-kind attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage recognized Brimstone Hill Fortress, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, and Caribelle Batik.

St. Kitts became a Marquee Port after reaching the one million passenger mark in two cruise seasons in a row, 2017-2019 and 2018-2019. 

The Federation was anticipating a third consecutive year of a million arrivals before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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