Montserrat, known for being the only nation outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, welcomed Windstar Cruises first berth to its shores in more than two-decades on December 8.
The port-call is a stop included on a seven-night voyage throughout the Caribbean and is part of ongoing efforts to increase destination awareness, expand within the cruise industry and promote the island as a “must-see” for discerning travelers.
Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend, a 208-passenger vessel, docked in the harbor at Little Bay from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provided passengers ample time to tour and explore the island. The passengers on the vessel’s inaugural berth to Montserrat were greeted at the port by masquerade performances, a hospitality desk and a welcome tropical drink. Several craft vendors were also on hand, offering unique items for sale to visitors such as bottled ash, volcano rum and hot sauce, locally-made items such as wines and Montserrat Sea Island-cotton products.
"We were delighted to welcome Windstar Cruises passengers, first-time visitors to our shores. It is important to share with the traveling public that Montserrat remains open for all visitors and is a safe destination," said Permanent Secretary for tourism, Camille Gerald, in a written release. "In fact we are encouraging travelers to visit Montserrat, discover our tranquil island and experience first-hand what we have to offer."