Basseterre, St. Kitts (WINN)- Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant is announcing that St. Kitts and Nevis is scheduled for weekly visits from Seabourn Odyssey when the cruise line resumes sailing in the Caribbean in late July 2021.
He said the Odyssey is the first scheduled port of call for the country’s phased re-opening for cruise tourism.
“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,” said Mr. Grant.
The official re-opening of the cruise sector is billed for October when officials hope that 70 percent of the population would be fully vaccinated.
The press release from the Tourism Authority listed the minimum protocols for cruise ships visiting as:
All Crew and Passengers over 18 must be vaccinated
All Passengers and Crew Over 18 must present a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of homeport embarkation.
Only Bubble Vaccinated tours and attractions will be offered to cruise passengers
All personnel interacting with cruise vessel operations including ship agents, port staff, taxi, and tour operators must be vaccinated.
St. Kitts & Nevis closed its borders on March 25, 2020, and reopened to international travel on October 31, 2020.
To date, the Federation has reported 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 44 recovered cases.
As of Thursday (April 22), 11,848, people have been vaccinated out of a population of 53,000 of which 70 percent are adults.