Minister of Tourism The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant along with the Minister responsible for Transport, The Hon. Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd led a delegation of tourism stakeholders to witness the extraordinary berth of the cruise giant at Port Zante.
Minister Grant said that today was a very special day for St. Kitts, and that it has been 25 years in the making, going back to when Port Zante was first constructed.
“This speaks volume to the visionary actions of the Simmonds Administration in constructing a pier that can handle large ships such as the Harmony of the Seas,” Grant said. “Indeed St. Kitts is in a special class, for even though we have yet to receive a million passengers, we are considered to be a marquee destination capable of offering a wide array of activities for our guests.”
Harmony of the Seas is currently making its inaugural Caribbean visit for the 2016-2017 cruise season. Only making stops at marquee ports including St. Thomas, Jamaica, Haiti, Bahamas, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.
“Our relationship with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a strong ongoing partnership, as the Harmony of the Seas is scheduled to visit the island every two weeks from May through August,” Minister Grant said. “We will continue to build on that, keeping open all channels of communication, as we work together to further develop the cruise sector.”
The Harmony of the Seas is the newest and largest addition to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s, Oasis Class Fleet. The ship has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers, and is scheduled to visit the island every two weeks from May through August.
The ship features a ten-story dry slide, three water slides, an 82-foot zipline, a robot at the Bionic Bar, two rock-climbing walls at 43 feet each, an ice skating rink, classical carnival games at the Boardwalk Arcade, two flow-rider surf simulators, 20 dining venues, and for the first time at sea; live performances of the Broadway hit musical, Grease.