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A Record Number of Summer Calls from the Line in 2016 is Driven by Visits from Two Oasis-Class Vessels
Pictured: Mr. Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce with Mr. Federico Gonzalez-Denton, Associate Vice President Government Relations LAC for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at the 31st annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference held March 16-19, 2015.
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Just after St. Kitts’ participation in the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, the Caribbean island of St. Kitts announces that it will receive calls from two of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels during the 2016 summer season, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Further, the destination will be receiving an increased overall number of port calls during summer 2016 from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ vessels, reaching a record high number of total calls for during this period.
“With two Oasis-class ships contributing to an increase in total summer port calls from Royal Caribbean on the whole, the line will be bringing significantly more cruise passengers to our shores next year during what is typically the off-season for cruising in the Caribbean,” said Mr. Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “We anticipate that this will lead to an increase in the amount of money spent in our shops, restaurants, activity providers and other businesses and thereby boost St. Kitts’ local economy. I’m very grateful Royal Caribbean for their expanded partnership, which has been developing over the years.”
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class ships each have the capacity to carry a total of 5,400 passengers, which is roughly double the capacity of most cruise vessels. With St. Kitts receiving four calls from Oasis of the Seas and five from Allure of the Seas for summer 2016, these two ships alone have the potential to bring as many as 48,600 passengers over the period. In addition to receiving nine summer calls from Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, St. Kitts will also be receiving off-season port calls from Adventure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas.
“Royal Caribbean is very proud to announce that both the world’s two largest and most innovative cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, will call at the beautiful port of Basseterre, St. Kitts, during summer 2016.” stated Federico Gonzalez-Denton, Associate Vice President Government Relations LAC for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
In total, Royal Caribbean ships will be making 51 calls to St. Kitts in the 2016 five-month May to September summer low period, up from 25 calls for the same period in 2015 (a 104% increase). In terms of passengers carried, Royal Caribbean has the potential to bring 199,284 passenger to St. Kitts in summer 2016 as compared to 83,050 for the same period in 2015, more than double the amount (a 140% increase).
This year, St. Kitts will also be receiving six calls from Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas in its inaugural 2014/2015 season. It will also be receiving seven calls from the Anthem of the Seas in its inaugural 2015/2016 season.
About St. Kitts:
St. Kitts is currently ranked, with sister island Nevis, at #3 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #3 on a list of the Best Caribbean Vacations, and #7 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #8 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, and #8 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations by US News & World Report. It is also currently ranked at #7 among the Hottest Places to Travel this Winter by CNN Money based on bookings received by Virtuoso, #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime, #14 on a list of the 50 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge In The Next 10 Years as well as #8 on a list of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands by Business Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®. In 2014, LINKS Magazine included St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islands in the world. St. Kitts & Nevis has also been named one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015 by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015. In addition, St. Kitts received the “Innovative Destination of the Year” Award in Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Travel Awards 2014.
Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on a sandy beach. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.
For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.
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