Government ministers welcome the Norwegian Getaway to St Kitts
BASSETERRE – Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris, and Minister of Public Infrastructure Ian “Patches” Liburd joined their Cabinet colleagues in welcoming the MS Norwegian Getaway cruise ship on its inaugural visit to the shores of St Kitts on Sunday.
Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant warmly welcomed the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and outlined plans for a new pier in the future.
“In 2017, hopefully, we are going to give you a brand new pier and so we are expecting you to bring the new Norwegian Escape into St Kitts on many visits,” he said.
Grant encouraged the visitors and crew members alike to explore the warmth, beauty and tranquillity of St Kitts, and in doing so, the NCL would add the island to their itinerary moving forward.
Minister Liburd recalled important facts about the MS Norwegian when it was first launched.
“I believe when this ship was christened last year 2014, when it was launched as we would say in maritime language, it was amongst the top ten in ranking as the largest ship in the world,” he said. “I believe as well that after this 12 day itinerary and a one off stop here in St Kitts & Nevis you will perhaps be one of the largest ships if not the largest ship on an itinerary coming from Miami towards the tropics in the Eastern Caribbean.”
Minister Liburd commended the maritime division and the management of the St Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority (SCASPA) for their work in ensuring that the ship was docked without any hassle, and said that he looks forward to the ship adding more stops to the Federation.
The ship can hold a total capacity of 6 530 with crew and passengers combined. (SKNIS)