2013/2014 cruise ship season picks up in November, over 81,000 passengers expected

Basseterre, St. Kitts, (CUOPM) – The 2013/2014 St. Kitts Cruise Ship Season picks up steam in November with the expected arrival of an estimated 81,000 passengers.

According to the schedule from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, some 81,314 passengers are expected from 28 ship calls including first time visits by the 3,700-passenger Carnival Conquest, the 1,875-passenger Horizon and the 3,013-passenger MSC Musica.

The 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor, will make its weekly call to Port Zante on Friday, 1st November.

Next week, the 3,100-passenger Ventura, the 2,435-passenger Vision of the Seas and the Carnival Valor vist.

The week of November 10th to 16th, some 8 cruise ship will visit. They are the 3,840-passenger Explorer of the Seas berths on Nov. 10th; the 2,450-passenger Celebrity Summit on Nov. 11th; the 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection on Nov. 12th and the 3,595-passenger Azura on Nov. 13th.

Royal Caribbean’s 3,838-passenger Adventure of the Seas and the 3,100-passenger Ventura dock at Port Zante on Nov. 14th and the 3,100-passenger Emerald of the Seas and the 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor.

Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt recently described the upcoming season as exciting with an estimated 785,000 passengers expected from 183 ship days.

“There will be 103 days when there will be one ship. There will be 49 days when there will be two ships, that’s also the largest number of days when we will have two ships in our history. There will be 22 days when we will have three ships in port, which means 2 at Port Zante and one at the Cargo Pier. There will be 6 days when we will have 4 ships and for the first time in our history, we are going to have 3 days when we are going to have 5 ships,” Skerritt said.

During this year’s summer of 2013 (May to September) Port Zante, the 3,700 passenger Carnival Valor is making 21 visits, while the 2,500-passenger Jewel of the Seas makes 13 visits.

According to the 2014 summer schedule (May to September), four new ships will be joining the Carnival Valor and the Jewel of the Seas.

They are the 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, the 3,325-passenger Disney Magic and the 524-passenger Nippon Mau.

The Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Breeze will make five calls each, Disney Magic, two and the Nippon Mau, one visit, while the Carnival Valor will make 22 calls and the Jewel of the Seas, 15 calls.

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