The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has announced that it will be welcoming back cruise tourism in July with one of the world’s leading luxury lines.
Seabourn Odyssey, an ultra-luxury cruise line, is scheduled to stop in St Kitts every week in late July as the islands begin its phased reopening of the sector. However, the nation’s full reopening isn’t expected until October 2021 as the government ensures that its population is fully vaccinated thus achieving herd immunity.
St Kitts and Nevis is one of the few nations that have efficiently tacked the spread of the virus, recording only 44 cases in total with zero deaths and no community spread. The vaccination programme is currently underway across the islands with over 11,000 people now inoculated against the virus.
Commenting, Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism, Transport and Ports, said: “We look forward to welcoming Seabourn Odyssey to St. Kitts. The benefits of the cruise industry have been vital to the economies of St. Kitts & Nevis and we are delighted to welcome our first vessel back, as we begin our phased approach to resume cruise tourism.”
St Kitts and Nevis’ borders have been open since October last year with strict protocols in place that ensure the safety of both travellers and citizens. The island’s tourism board is continuing to work with local operators to ensure that the same health and safety measures are followed in order to welcome back cruise lines to its shores. The news aligns with the announcement from the USA Centers for Disease Control which recently revealed that Americans could enjoy cruise vacations from as early as July if fully vaccinated.