As St. Croix Gets Ready For Large Increase in Cruise Traffic in November, Royal Caribbean, VIPA Officials Meet to Discuss Plans
Officials from the Royal Caribbean Group met Wednesday on St. Croix with V.I. Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe, his executive team, the authority’s financial advisor and outside legal counsel.
According to the release, the group met to prepare for an increase in cruise visitors to Frederiksted, St. Croix starting in November.
The RCG officials arrived in the territory four days ago and have participated in a series of working meetings with VIPA to lay the groundwork for the increase in passenger arrivals, VIPA said. They also visited sites frequented by their cruise guests and, importantly, worked to finalize the agreement between VIPA and RCG.
The officials are also scheduled to meet with Governor Albert Bryan and private sector stakeholders during the first week of September to discuss planned improvements for the cruise industry on St. Croix.
On April 26 at the Seatrade Cruise Global Convention, RCG announced the cruise line’s plan to increase cruise passenger volume to St. Croix and St. Thomas.
The territory will receive 70 percent more cruise passengers at Crown Bay and two and a half times the number of cruise visitors to St. Croix. According to VIPA, this growth is in comparison to pre-pandemic numbers, which were a maximum of 50,000 passengers on St. Croix in 2019. A projected total of approximately 140,000 passengers will visit St. Croix and at least 500,000 is expected for St. Thomas via Royal Caribbean cruise ships this upcoming season, the authority said.
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