PORT ST. MAARTEN – Royal Caribbean Lines (RCL) cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas will be in port on Tuesday, August 17 in connection with crew repatriation or provisioning operations.
Vision of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Legend are currently anchored offshore.
Additional services offered by the destination to the cruise ship sector are fuel bunkering (marine fuels and lubricant oils) and food provisioning. The aforementioned makes a positive contribution to the national economy. The bunkering services offered is the second cheapest in the Caribbean.
The repatriation of crew is carried out based on the ports strict “Sterile Port Protocol” that ensures public health safety and security that falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The country’s infrastructure such as its homeporting facility and services at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility makes it easy for a cruise ship to have travel documents of crews processed and then taken directly to the Airport to board their international flight.
Port St. Maarten is a strategic port in the Northeastern Caribbean. St. Maarten has displayed its ability to facilitate crew repatriation operations safely and efficiently.