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St. Kitts Continues to Strengthen Partnerships with Cruise Lines

Cruise enthusiasts are getting increasing access to St. Kitts as more cruise lines add stops to this popular and scenic northern Leeward Islands destination. Known for it’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site are popular with tourists.

To ensure a stronger relationship with Royal Caribbean International, St. Kitts’ Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant (pictured left), recently met with the CEO and President, Michael Bayley(pictured right), when he visited the island onboard the Harmony of the Seas. Minister Grant welcomed Mr. Bayley, who made his first visit to the destination while vacationing on the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, on its final visit to the island for the 2016-2017 cruise season.

“It was truly an honor to meet and welcome Michael Bayley to our beautiful island,” said Minister Grant. “The relationship between St. Kitts and the Royal Caribbean cruise line is indeed a strong one. We listen carefully to their advice and recommendations, without losing focus on addressing the wider development needs of our destination, ensuring that local people share in the benefits of our expanding cruise sector.”

Royal Caribbean showed confidence in St. Kitts as premier cruise destination by adding two vessels from its Oasis Class Fleet, Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, to the cruise itineraries calling on island for the summer cruise season. The Harmony of the Seas made five port calls to the island of St. Kitts during the period of May to August, the slowest months of the cruise season.

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