Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) – The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting double digit increases in cruise ship and cruise ship passengers in June this year.
SCASPA is also reporting double digit figures in cruise ship passengers and cruise ship arrivals for the first six months this year compared to the same period last year.
According to the SCASPA’s Department of Finance & Statistics, there were 10 cruise ship visits in June this year compared to 7 last year, up 43 percent with a total of 28,566 passengers in June this year compared to 21,686 passengers, an increase of 32 percent or 6,880 passengers.
SCASPA figures also indicate that between January and June this year, 382,670 cruise ship passengers visited St. Kitts from 201 calls, up 18 percent compared to 327,100 passengers from 171 calls for the same period in 2013, an increase of 17 percent or 55,570 passengers.
Three Carnival ships – the Valor, Freedom and Breeze accounted for 21,045 of the 28,566 passengers who visited. 13,159 were onboard the Valor; 3,324 on the Freedom and there were 4,562 passengers on the Breeze, 4,562.
The month of June also saw the visit of Jewel of the Seas with three calls and a total of 7,446 passengers and the Freewinds with 75 passengers from 1 call.