Yahoo Travel has listed Saint Lucia among group of other Caribbean territories which may be considered the “most dangerous cruise stops”, based on a local media report.
Yahoo’s story captioned: “The Caribbean’s Most Dangerous Cruise Stops Will Surprise You,” and published online today said there is renewed attention on a “sticky issue” for cruise lines in the Caribbean, while making reference to high incidence of crime.
“The president of the Saint Lucia Vendors Association publicly accused the Minister of Tourism of ignoring the island nation’s crime problem. He said crime in Saint Lucia has gotten so bad, cruise lines might consider dropping that popular Caribbean port stop from their itineraries, as Norwegian Cruise Line did in the 2010-2012 season because of reported crimes against passengers,” Yahoo reported.
Yahoo contacted Norwegian for a comment. The company is quoted saying: “Norwegian has been calling on St. Lucia for the past several years and is scheduled to call the island this year and in 2016. As with all destinations we visit, we continuously monitor any events and may make future itinerary adjustments should the need warrant.”
However, Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus has condemned the statements made by the association dubbing it as “dangerous and reckless.” The minister said those statements maliciously try to paint the destination as unsafe for locals and visitors.
“Such irresponsible and blanket statements jeopardize and erode several of the gains and strides made within the tourism industry, especially over the past three years,” Theophilus told the local media.
He said the island has made significant gains in the past few years and this is reflected in the outstanding arrival and stay over figures in both land based tourism and the cruise sector.