Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the federal government of Saint Lucia to function a brand new cruise port on the island. The two cruise giants may even kind a three way partnership to handle the present cruise pier and terminal services in Saint Lucia.
As a part of the MOU, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean and the federal government of Saint Lucia will set up a long-term concession settlement to formalize the phrases and duties for the three way partnership to handle and function the present cruise pier and terminal services on the Port of Castries. Additionally, the three way partnership will design, finance, assemble and function a brand new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern a part of the island that can be capable of accommodate the newest and most modern ships within the cruise trade.
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet has known as the signing of the MOU “historic” and “a major step towards enhancing Saint Lucia’s tourism product.”
“The cruise market is the fastest growing sector of tourism and in the next decade cruising in the Caribbean region is anticipated to increase by 40%,” stated Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean. “We are excited to partner with the Government of Saint Lucia to ensure that the destination directly benefits from that growth, while giving more guests the opportunity to visit this unique gem in the Caribbean.”
Together, the cruise line manufacturers of Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at present account for 75% of all cruise ship deployment to Saint Lucia. Under the brand new settlement, the three way partnership would optimize the expertise for friends visiting Saint Lucia whereas growing further cruise infrastructure to assist the trade’s newest ships and promote the expansion of cruise tourism on the island.