PORT–The country’s first six-cruise-ship day of the 2018-2019 high cruise season will be November 14, followed by a second one on November 28. Those are not the only firsts for the month; the world’s largest cruise ship – Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – will make her inaugural call here.
On the first six-ship day, cruise ships Adventure of the Seas, Carnival Pride, Marella Explorer, MSC Seaside, Norwegian Dawn, and Star Pride will be in port bringing a floating population of some 20,000.
The day after, November 15, will see five ships in port: Carnival Sunshine, MSC Divina, MSC Opera, Regal Princess and Viking Sea. They will bring some 15,000 cruise passengers and crew.
Ships in port on November 28 are MSC Seaside, Marella Explorer, Harmony of The Seas, Adventure Of The Seas, Oriana, and Seven Seas Navigator.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and P&O Cruises also returned to the destination this week. Their return will further boost cruise numbers for the 2018-2019 high cruise season.
Port St. Maarten management said in a press statement that it “looks forward to a very good high cruise season for the destination.” Stakeholders are urged to have everything in place to cater to visitors, such as insurance, destination information and hospitality training.
“We are happy with the rapid return of business which once again demonstrates the strength of the destination. Stakeholders who have played a very important role over the years and continue to do so have contributed immeasurably to the success of the destination and we must continue on this course moving forward,” the Port said on Thursday.