Nearly 20,000 Cruise Passengers Expected This Week

Duty Free Shops In Port Zante - St. Kitts

Duty Free Shops In Port Zante – St. Kitts
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
November 22, 2009 (CUOPM)

It’s another busy week for stakeholders in the cruise industry with the expected arrival of 11 ships with a combined capacity of nearly 20,000 passengers to visit St. Kitts.

The parade of ships began Sunday with the arrival of the 1,692-passenger Ocean Village. The 63,000 tonne cruise ship arrived from St. Maarten with 1,726 passengers and 850 crew on board and departs early in the evening for neighbouring Antigua.

Most of the passengers came ashore and went on sightseeing tours via taxis, the Scenic Railway and tour buses to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Romney Manor, Caribelle Batik, the National Museum, as well as snorkeling, sun and sea bathing at the island’s best beaches, sailing, hiking and shopping for souvenirs.

Three ships with an estimated passenger capacity of 4,885 passengers are expected on Wednesday; two ships with a capacity of 5,100 passengers are expected on Thursday and two ships with 6,500 passengers will berth on Saturday.

The 2,680-passenger Carnival Miracle, the 1950-passenger Sea Princess and the 255-passenger Royal Clipper visit on Wednesday 25th; the 2,600-passenger Queen Mary and the 2,500 passenger Norwegian Dawn dock on Thursday 26th and the 3,473-passenger Carnival Victory and the 3,100-passebnger Ruby Princess berth on Saturday 28th November.

The Braemar with a passenger capacity of 820 docks on Monday 23rd; the 308-passenger Windsurf visits on Tuesday 24th and the 40-passenger Silver Shadow on Friday 27th.

Eight of the 11 ships are making their first calls for the 2009/2010 cruise ship season. They are the Carnival Miracle, the Braemar, Windsurf, Norwegian Dawn, Queen Mary, Silver Shadow, Ruby Princess and Ocean Village.

Some 50,000 cruise passengers are expected to visit St. Kitts this month.

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