Arriving at around 8:00am today, the 225,282-ton, 6,000-passenger cruise ship, was greeted by the Minister of Tourism, Richard Skerritt and Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, who were also invited on the ship earlier for a cocktail and a short ceremony.
A significant amount of the passengers disembarked the ship, some taking to the stores at Port Zante to purchase souvenirs, while others walked around the streets of Basseterre, taking pictures at some of the historical sites.
Others were observed taking island tours with taxi operators.
Also, part of the allure’s visit was the blocking off Fort Street, to accommodate special performances from folklore troupes, along with the presence of the Children’s Carnival parade.
The Allure of the Seas holds the title of the of world’s largest ship, that it shares with its slightly older sister, Oasis of the Seas.
It is in the midst of a nine day Caribbean trip, which will see berths made at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas.
Minister Skerritt said earlier this week, though it is only a one off visit, a good impression on the visitors who disembarked the ship, can influence the ships agents to schedule the vessel to return.