WHY IT RATES: The vacation spot will host its first ship from the Royal Caribbean Group because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. —Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior Author
September 14, 2021, will probably be a banner day when St. Kitts and Nevis welcomes the Celeb Equinox again to Port Zante. Formally a cease on their 2021/2022 itinerary, the Celeb Equinox is a part of the fleet of Celeb Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group, introduced Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, Transport and Ports.
“We’re excited to welcome our first ship from the Royal Caribbean Group as a spotlight of our phased strategy to rebuilding cruise,” mentioned Minister Grant. “St. Kitts achieved Marquee Port standing after reaching the a million passenger mark in two cruise seasons in a row, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 and Royal Caribbean performed an instrumental position on this achievement. St. Kitts and Nevis stays in excessive demand as a port, famend for our distinctive excursions complemented by a superb expertise that can’t be replicated. We look ahead to the subsequent name of the Celeb Equinox on October 3, 2021, and persevering with to rebuild in direction of our preeminent cruise place within the area.”
At current, the minimal protocols for any cruise ship visiting St. Kitts & Nevis embrace:
—All cruise passengers age 12 and older have to be totally vaccinated for COVID-19 with a World Well being Group (WHO) or U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted vaccine to ensure that the ship to be allowed entry to the port. Emergency contractors required for important ship upkeep will be exempted of the vaccination requirement in addition to any medical / non secular exemptions granted pursuant to relevant legislation (i.e., US legislation). This requirement will probably be in impact till December 31, 2021.
—People are thought of totally vaccinated two weeks after a single dose in a one-dose sequence (solely Johnson and Johnson vaccine on this occasion) or final dose in a two-dose sequence (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac).
—All totally vaccinated passengers age 12 and older should submit a damaging RT PCR take a look at or Antigen take a look at permitted by the WHO 72 hours/three days earlier than embarkation of vessel at homeport at first of the cruise.
—Unvaccinated passengers over the age of 12 should submit a damaging RT PCR take a look at 72 hours/ days inside embarkation of vessel at homeport at first of the cruise.
—Unvaccinated passengers have to be examined by the cruise line on the terminal on the day of embarkation at homeport earlier than the start of the cruise utilizing a RT PCR take a look at to verify a damaging COVID – 19 standing.
—95 p.c of all crew onboard the vessel have to be totally vaccinated as per CDC tips. All crew servicing company onboard the vessel have to be totally vaccinated.
—Self-samples, or unsupervised (not administered by permitted medical skilled) house take a look at kits, and take a look at with oral swabs, and RT PCR take a look at with oral swabs will probably be thought of invalid.
—People who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 are to not board the vessel.
“The primary Celeb Cruise arrival for the 2021 season is definitely an event for celebration,” mentioned Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “The protection of our nationals, residents and guests has at all times been our high precedence and we’ve labored intently with stakeholders to ascertain bubble excursions that can enable cruise ship passengers to take pleasure in our one-of-a-kind and awe-inspiring experiences, resembling a go to to Brimstone Hill Nationwide Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage website, or a scenic experience across the island on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. Guests are captivated by the great thing about the view from Timothy Hill and Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor continues to offer guests an introduction into the traditional artwork of wax-resist dyeing to make vibrant batiks. We’re a vacation spot brimming with actions ready to be found and loved.”
The Celeb Equinox leaves Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, September 5, 2021, on a 13-day itinerary that features St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Maarten and St. Kitts and returns to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 17, 2021.
SOURCE: St. Kitts & Nevis press launch.