The Superstar Equinox has docked at St. Kitts’ Port Zante with 1,147 travellers onboard. In accordance to a push launch, the ship arrived at 06:50 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2021.
“Today is a working day of hope. It is my privilege to welcome the captain and crew of the Celebrity Equinox back again to St. Kitts for the very first commercial contact to Port Zante due to the fact March 2020. This working day has been anxiously expected, and a long time in coming, as we ongoing our phased strategy to rebuilding the cruise sector. The Royal Caribbean Team is a valued husband or wife and with phone calls from their a few most important makes, Royal Caribbean International, Celeb Cruises and Silversea, ended up instrumental in the vacation spot welcoming around 1 million travellers for two consecutive yrs, cementing our position in the market as a marquee port,” said Minister of Tourism, Transportation and Ports, Lindsay F.P. Grant.
“This is remarkable – we have been waiting around 17 months for this working day! Seventeen months during which we knowledgeable the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and noticed the collapse of economies globally. Tourism industries all around the world endured sizeable losses and the face of vacation modified. On the other hand, we have built important strides this industry is resilient and has the electric power to sustain livelihoods. Right now, on this momentous celebration, we continue on our progressive journey to rebuild tourism securely in a fashion that lets us to keep on our custom as a marquee port and experience financial positive aspects for all,” remarked CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown.
In accordance to the press release, all passengers onboard the ship have been fully vaccinated, with the exception of a person human being beneath the age of 12. The vaccination charge in St. Kitts and Nevis has set a benchmark as the maximum in the OECS and the location, with 75.1 % of the goal populace receiving just one dose and 66.3 p.c of the target populace fully vaccinated as of Sept. 13, 2021.
Cruise ship travellers have explored the spot by using bubble vaccinated tours and attraction web-sites, the place the travellers interacted only with completely vaccinated tour operators, seaport officials and any other cruise-similar staff. These internet sites involved Brimstone Hill Fortress and Nationwide Park, Carambola Seaside Club, Caribelle Batik, Fairview Fantastic Home, Palms Courtroom Gardens, Port Zante which includes sellers from Amina Craft Marketplace and Black Rocks, and St. Kitts Scenic Railway.
St. Kitts’ Port Zante stated that it has presented cruise travellers with an encounter to “shop freely” in the open port and appreciate the selection of crafts, jewellery, souvenirs, dining establishments, bars and the on line casino.
To keep the integrity of the bubble, the public has been asked not to venture into these designated regions though the ship is in port.