Cruise Ships Turn Away From St. Kitts – Nevis

By Akedia Christopher
St. Kitts – Nevis Sun
February 19, 2008

The absence of a tugboat has once again, according to a reliable source, caused the St. Kitts Port Authority to lose approximately $60,000 after another cruise ship which was scheduled to call at Port Zante yesterday morning, turned back without even an attempt at berthing.

The Crown Princess, a ship with a capacity of over 3,100, had to “turn back” and disappointed shop and tour operators alike, have stated that the tugboat is now a necessary vessel in a country depending heavily on cruise tourism.

The source told the SUN that with winds at approximately 35 knots yesterday, the “captain of the ship would consider it dangerous to come alongside the pier without the assistance of a tugboat.”

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