St. Kitts is most popular Caribbean destination for P&O’s ‘Azura’ passengers

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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 3RD 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts is the most popular destination for passengers on the 3,597-passenger cruise ship “Azura” – the newest ship in the P&O fleet, according to the ship’s captain, Paul Browne.

“Our passengers really do love coming to St. Kitts. It is one of the most popular destinations on our itinerary and today, we have 1,000 passengers taking ship-organised tours, as well as I am sure many hundreds of other passengers are touring the island independently,” said Browne, master of the 115,000 ton ship which has Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and St. Marten as its other Caribbean destinations.

Speaking at a plaque exchange ceremony onboard, Captain Browne said the ship passengers “score the tour of St. Kitts as the highest of all the islands that we visit in the Caribbean, so very much enjoyed by our passengers, very much enjoyed by our ship’s company as well.

He disclosed that the last time he disembarked from the ship when it docked in St. Kitts he went to the beach.

“But before that I have been to Brimstone Hill – and I have seen this fortress and all the wonders of the island. It is indeed a beautiful island and our passengers and ship’s company look forward to many more calls in the future,” said captain Browne, who disclosed that the ship is making 10 calls to St. Kitts for the 2010/2011 cruise ship season with 10 visits planned for the 2011/2012 season.

Brimstone Hill Fortress

The Azura’s sister ship also visits St. Kitts along with the Caribbean destinations of Barbados, Bonaire, Aruba, Jamaica, Grand Turk, St. Maarten, Antigua, Dominica and St. Lucia.

Ship-sponsored tours on St. Kitts include Best of St. Kitts, rainforest, Skyline Safari Zip Lining, Nature kayakying, Nevis Sailaway and Panorama St Kitts.

CEO of Delisle Walwyn & Co. Mr. Denzil Crooke noted that the Azura’s 10 calls with 3,000 passengers is just over 3,000 passengers and a crew of 1200 speaks to over 40,000 from your ship.

“This is meaningful to us. For many Caribbean destinations, the indications are negative in terms of the numbers. In St. Kitts, we have seen interesting growth and we thank you for the support,” said Mr. Crooke.

Other P&O ships calling at Port Zante this season are the 2,388-passenger Arcadia; the 3,597-passenger Aurora; the 1,828-passenger Oriana and the 3,100-passenger Ventura and the 2,016-passenger Oceana.

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