St George’s, Grenada — Carnival Cruise Lines returned to Grenada for the 2014/2015 cruise season on Tuesday, after an absence of 15 years. The Carnival Splendor berthed for the first time from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Melville Street Cruise Terminal with a passenger capacity of 3,002.
The return of Carnival Cruise Lines marked a significant achievement of the public-private partnerships and ongoing discussions initiated at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Cruise Conference and Trade Show 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Grenada Tourism Authority welcomed the visitors in the spirit of Grenadian culture: steel pan music, energetic dances, and rum and chocolate tastings.
In a plaque-exchange ceremony on board the ship on Tuesday morning, Senator Brenda Hood, minister of culture expressed her gratitude to the captain and crew of Carnival Splendor and conveyed positive expectations for future partnerships with the popular cruise line. Hood also emphasised why Pure Grenada — The Spice of the Caribbean — is right for the adventure-seekers aboard Carnival Cruise Lines.
Carnival is a popular brand, known to offer fun-loving cruises for young adults, couples, and families.
This was the first call for Carnival Cruise Lines since the construction of the new cruise terminal in 2005, which has a total berthing area of 375 metres and a finger pier with berthing on both sides. The 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruise began in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and ends in Miami.
Carnival Triumph is scheduled to berth on 17 February, 2015, at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal.