PHILIPSBURG–Viking Cruises has confirmed that the cruise ship Viking Sea will be the first commercial cruise ship to call at Port St. Maarten post-Irma on Monday, December 4.
Port St. Maarten management said on Thursday that they are elated to be welcoming the first commercial cruise vessel’s return to the destination and appeal to all stakeholders to finalise as much clean-up and remodelling tasks as possible prior to the vessel’s port call.
Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher said on Thursday, “Port St. Maarten and Government have been working diligently to keep our cruise partners up-to-date on our recovery efforts. We are very happy to announce that Viking Cruises will kick off commercial cruise activities to our shores on December 4.
“With December being the month that will see more cruise calls from other lines, it reminds us that our partners still have confidence in St. Maarten and in turn we must do everything we can to ensure a great experience for cruise visitors. We are looking forward to welcoming the Viking Sea.”
Viking Cruises is considered the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising, offering destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travellers who have an interest in geography, culture and history.
Viking currently operates a fleet of 61 vessels, offering scenic cruising along the rivers and oceans of the Americas, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Southeast Asia. By 2019 the company will operate six 930-passenger ocean cruise ships and will sail itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, North America and the Caribbean.