Increase in cruise ship arrivals expected for upcoming cruise season in St Lucia
CASTRIES, St Lucia — Port Authority officials here are reporting that they are poised to welcome over 685,000 cruise passengers and over 375 cruise ships for the upcoming 2014/2015 Cruise Season, which is an increase from the previous year.
Dona Regis, Director of Marketing and Product Development says over the years, there has been a slight dip in numbers, but the upcoming season seems to be better than previous.
"A number of cruise lines are returning including Carnival cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, P&O Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Windstar and MSC cruise lines which has contributed to the increase in numbers this season.
Back on the itinerary this year after over an eight-year hiatus, is Disney Cruise lines, which will be making approximately five calls to the island for 2014/2015.
"St Lucia has become one of the best performing cruise destinations in the Caribbean and this is no accident.
"The port is located in Castries where there is an eclectic mix of traditional charm and modern day conveniences including Duty Free shopping at La Place Carenage and Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Shopping Malls.
"We continue to work with our industry partners to ensure that passengers and crew receive the warmest welcome at Port Castries and continuously promote Port Castries and Saint Lucia as the ideal cruise destination," Regis stated.
For the past two years, Port Castries has been ranked in the top 50 ports by the Global Cruise Market Magazine.