The first phase of the second cruise pier at Port Zante in St Kitts and Nevis today became part of a great day for the twin island Federation, as for the first time ever, four cruise vessels docked at Port Zante. The Celebrity Summit and the Seabourn Odyssey became the first two cruise vessels to dock at the recently constructed second cruise pier, bringing with them many visitors, much activity and excitement to the Federation.
Information shared with MNI Media indicates that the construction of second pier represents the completion of the first phase of the project. Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd stated that the second phase of work on this cruise pier will entail the addition of several amenities, such as a reception center, that will enhance the edifice.
Minister Liburd stated: “There’s a misperception that once the pier was constructed everything is done. But in fact, this project has two phases; one if the construction of the pier and the other is the upland development. So, in the near future you will see a reception facility and you will see other amenities here,” the minister said.
The docking of vessels at the multimillion dollar facility became possible after the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) took partial ownership of the second cruise pier.
In expressing his delight in witnessing cruise passengers walking along the second cruise pier, Prime Minister Harris indicated that “all the well-wishers of St. Kitts and Nevis would be pleased by the historic docking of two vessels on our newest cruise pier and what it symbolizes, and what, in the end, this means for the expansion of the tourism and cruise tourism in the country.”
The Celebrity Summit and the Seabourn Odyssey are two of four cruise vessels that docked at Port Zante today (Monday 16). Berthing at the first cruise pier are the 4,180 passenger capacity Anthem of the Seas and the 4,372-capacity Britannia.
In all, the four cruise vessels brought close to 12,000 cruise passengers to the Federation.