Castries, Saint Lucia: Ernest Hilaire, Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister of Saint Lucia, emphasized that the country is excited to welcome back cruise tourism in the upcoming 2023/24 season, anticipated to begin on October 8 and resume until September 2024.
During this season, the Tourism Ministry of Saint Lucia expects over 400 cruise calls carrying up to 600,000 passengers to explore the wonders of the Helen of West Indies. DPM Hilaire highlighted that the season 2023/24 is crucial for the country.
Additionally, there will be 19 inaugural calls, including the opening call by Carnival Venezia. This reaffirms Saint Lucia’s position as a top Caribbean destination for cruise tourism.
Carnival Venezia’s opening call on October 8 is part of a 14-day Italian cruise that departs from New York. It is expected to be a fun and exciting experience for all.
DPM and Tourism Minister Hilaire emphasized that Cruise tourism is crucial to Saint Lucia’s economy. It provides significant employment opportunities and supports local businesses, benefiting tour operators, artisans, taxi drivers, and government and private sector service providers.
While highlighting the achievements yesterday, Tourism Minister Ernest Hilaire appreciated cruise lines, industry partners, and dedicated professionals who work continuously to make people trips not only memorable but also enjoyable.
The tourism Minister of Saint Lucia welcomes worldwide travellers and cruise enthusiasts expected to arrive in Saint Lucia during the Cruise season to explore the beauty of the island’s lush landscapes, vibrant culture, mouthwatering cuisines and warm-hearted people.
He promises that visiting Saint Lucia will be an unforgettable journey, providing unique and unforgettable memories to all travellers.