St. Kitts Continues to Strengthen Partnerships With Cruise Lines

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Earlier this week, Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce for St. Kitts met with Royal Caribbean CEO and President Michael Bayley. The meeting took place during Bayley’s vacation aboard the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, on its final visit to St. Kitts for the 2016-2017 cruise season.

Grant and Bayley after their meeting // Photo
by St. Kitts Tourism

St. Kitts and its sister island of Nevis is recognized as a premier Caribbean honeymoons and Caribbean Island vacation destination. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, the island country has not only sandy beaches and warm waters, but a number of tourist attractions including the tropical rainforest, a scenic railway that traverses former sugar plantations, and the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"It was truly an honor to meet and welcome Michael Bayley to our beautiful island," said Minister Grant. "The relationship between St. Kitts and the Royal Caribbean cruise line is indeed a strong one. We listen carefully to their advice and recommendations, without losing focus on addressing the wider development needs of our destination, ensuring that local people share in the benefits of our expanding cruise sector."

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After discussing the international cruise line and the island country’s professional partnership, Royal Caribbean showed its confidence in St. Kitts as a premier cruise destination by adding two of its Oasis Class Fleet vessels—Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas—to the cruise itineraries calling on the island for the summer cruise season.

Prior to this meeting, the Harmony of the Seas made five port calls to the island of St. Kitts during the period of May to August, the slowest months of the cruise season.

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