(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) anticipates an increase in cruise calls to Port Castries for the year 2019/2020.
The projection follows the bustling commencement of the cruise season (November to March). Already, in the first month, the island has welcomed 13 vessels. The scenic view at Port Castries on November 15, showed four vessels berthed within the Castries Harbour, and new to the coast, TUI’s MV Marella Explorer 2, at anchorage.
Representatives of SLASPA joined Platinum Port Agency, the Ministry of Tourism, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), and Invest Saint Lucia, during the Marela’s inaugural call. The 814-foot vessel accommodates more than 2000 passengers and 780 crew members. Marella Explorer 2, is an addition to TUI’S fleet of century class vessels that offers a unique service, the first-ever adult-only experience.
“Saint Lucia was a must-visit destination for us,” Captain Richard Watkins said. “We believed that the island and the warmth of its people would give the experience that Marella promises its passengers—a home away from that meets the needs of couples, friends and groups.”
SLASPA Customer Experience Executive, Marva Greenidge, congratulated the team on a successful journey.
“As the custodians of air and sea operations, SLASPA makes strides to ensure that your welcome and farewell in Saint Lucia will live an indelible mark,” she said.
Senior Marketing Manager at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Jackie Mathurin, expressed elation at Saint Lucia being a selected destination. She spoke on the SLTA’s and other stakeholders’ efforts to create Saint Lucia’s unmatchable experience.
Earlier this year, the island added to its accolades World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, World’s Leading Island Destination, World’s Leading Wedding Destination and World’s Most Romantic Destination. On November 5, SLASPA joined key agencies during the inaugural call of the Mein Schiff 2 to Port Castries, another addition to TUI’S fleet.
Saint Lucia’s cruise tourism projections are significant, having already realized a 70 percent boost from the previous year’s approximated figure, 371 calls. The visit by these two vessels in addition to the Carnival, Norwegian, Freedom, Explorer, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity lines, will further complement these expectations.