Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
October 09, 2007 (CUOPM)
The 2007/2008 Cruise Ship Season which officially begins next week is set to be the best ever in the history of the industry.
Over 425,000 cruise ship passengers are expected be on board the cruise liners which will either berth at Port Zante or the Deep Water Port or drop anchor in the Basseterre Roadstead.
According to the 2007/2008 Cruise Ship Itinerary released by the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) an estimated 426,302 cruise passengers should visit St. Kitts during the months of October 2007 to July 2008.
March is expected to be the best month with 81,013 passengers 42 ship calls; October sees 12,866 passengers from 6 ship calls; 54,453 passengers are expected in November on board 26 ship calls; 63,943 passengers are expected on board 34 ship calls in December, January lists a total of 68,038 passengers on board 35 cruise ship calls; while 54,320 passengers are expected on board 27 ship calls in February and 33,357 passengers on board 19 ship calls in April.
Although the 2007/2008 Cruise Ship Season officially ends in April, the Carnival Destiny which is calling all-year-round will make six calls with 13,394 passengers in May; 10,568 passengers in June, 13,210 passengers from five calls in July, and 10,568 passengers in August and a similar number from four calls in September.
Including St. Kitts on their itinerary for the first time are the 2,680-passenger Carnival Miracle; the 2,388-passenger Ocean Village II; the 3,100-passenger Emerald Princess; the 3,840-passenger Explorer of the Seas; the 1,800-passenger Legend of the Seas; the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny; the 1,050-passenger Balmoral; the 1200-passenger Artemis and the 198-passenger Le Diamant.
Returning to Port Zante are the 1,950-passenger Sea Princess; the 3,500-passenger Crown Princess; the 2,500-passenger Norwegian Dawn; the 2,600-passenger Queen Mary; the 2,020-passenger Empress of the Seas; the 1,975-passenger Aurora; the 2,450-passenger Constellation; the 2,272-passenger Oceana; the 1100-passeger Crystal Serenity; the 1906-passenger Queen Elizabeth II; the 1,975-passenger Oriana the 2,020-passenger Crystal Harmony; the 1,848-passenger Westerdam; the 1,870-passenger Galaxy; the 2,388-passenger Arcadia.