Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) welcomed news from a tourism official at the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) of an increase in the number of cruise passengers expected to visit the island during a briefing on the status of the upcoming 2019-20 cruise season commencing in November.
The Tourism Minister thanked stakeholders for their continued assistance in the development of Nevis’ fledgling cruise industry.
Mr. Devon Liburd, Director of Sales and Marketing at the NTA in his cruise season update told Mr. Brantley that the statistics for this year’s season shows that there will be more passengers than last year.
“Nevis expects over a 100 percent increase in cruise passengers for this cruise season, with 64 calls scheduled from much larger ships than last season. The total passenger arrivals last season was 6,782 and that is set to increase to 14,485 for this season,” he said. “The island expects the return of Azamara with 781 passenger capacity, and also inaugural calls from Chrystal Serenity with 1,254 passenger capacity and Ritz Carlton with 298 passenger capacity.”
In November 2017, Mr. Liburd told the Department of Information that the cruise passenger capacity for the 2016/2017 season was about 9,386, and for the 2017/2018 season there was a capacity of 20,575 passengers, a sharp increase due to adverse weather conditions which had affected sea ports in the region in 2017.