FCCA and local tourism officials and stakeholders discuss future of cruise tourism

The representatives were drawn from local tourism businesses, government ministries and departments and public corporations, along with officials of two top cruise lines and the head of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association., FCCA.

The one day consultation came as senior Executives from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association visited St. Kitts this week to discuss with the Prime Minister and Cabinet, senior tourism officials and various cruise stakeholders on the way forward for the cruise sector in St. Kitts.

The high-level FCCA delegation comprised of Michele Paige, President, FCCA; Carlos De Navarra, Vice President, Commercial Port Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines; and  Federico Gonzalez – Denton, Assistant Vice President  Government Relations Latin America & Caribbean at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Tuesday’s meeting included a wide cross section of stakeholders from the cruise sector, including taxi and tour operators, Port Zante merchants, primate handlers, aloe rub vendors and hair braiders.

The FCCA President, Paige, said that visitor feedback is important, and that ultimately it is the cruise passengers who decide which destination a ship will visit.

“That is why it is so important that stakeholders embrace regulations,” Paige said.  “Regulations are going to protect your tourism sector by making guests feel comfortable and safe in your destination.

Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, officially welcomed the FCCA to St. Kitts at the stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday.

“What they have to tell us is indeed very important, as we seek to grow the tourism sector, and of course improve the quality of the guests’ experience on our lovely island. This meeting is truly about listening to each other, and working together to improve the way we do business,” Minister Grant said.

Minister Grant said that in 2015 cruise passenger arrival to St. Kitts stood at 758,420.  For 2016, St. Kitts is again on pace for another record setting cruise season with more than 900,000 cruise passengers projected to arrive. Thus far this cruise season has had 21 inaugural cruise ship calls, the most ever in a season.

Cancelled Calls to St. Kitts from Oct., 2015 to Jul 2016


Name of Ship

Passenger Max Capacity

October 23rd

Carnival Liberty


October 30th

Carnival Liberty


November 9th

Norwegian Gem


November 11th

Carnival Sunshine


December 9th

Le Ponant


December 13th

Le Ponant


January 11th

Norwegian Breakaway


January 12th



February 16th



February 29th

Anthem of the Seas


March 1st

Jewel of the Seas


March 20th

Royal Princess


March 21st

Azamara Journey


May 18th

Independence of the Seas


June 8th 

Carnival Valor


July 20th 

Carnival Valor



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