Less than one week after a tour bus robbery prompted Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises to bypass two mid-week scheduled port calls in St. Kitts, executives from both lines have announced the reinstatement of their original schedules.
“I am happy to advise that Princess Cruises will resume its schedule of calls effective with the next calls of the Grand Princess and Emerald Princess on December 1,” Steve Nielsen, vice president for the Caribbean and Atlantic shore operations for Princess Cruises, said in a written statement. “We appreciate everything St. Kitts has done to mitigate this most unfortunate and unusual situation.”
Also in a written statement, Gordon Buck, vice president of Caribbean relations for Carnival Cruise Lines, said, “Based on our confidence in the ability of St. Kitts to provide a safe and secure environment for our cruise guests as well as crew members visiting the island, I am pleased to advise that Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to St. Kitts effective Friday, November 26 with the call of the Carnival Victory.”
Tourism Minister Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that all cruise lines currently calling at St. Kitts have reconfirmed their intention to maintain their schedules based on the swift implementation of additional security measures in the tourist areas.