By Aabigayle McIntosh
The first Oasis Class ship from Royal Caribbean Cruises will arrive in the county on January 2nd, 2024.
Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Authority Colin James said this is a remarkable feat.
Representatives from the cruise lines are expected to arrive in the country shortly to assess the country’s readiness to welcome the larger ships to sail the ocean.
“As soon as they have done their assessment and the captains are satisfied that we have the depth that they require. The ship is so large it needs at least 45 meters of clearance on either side, it comes in very, very slowly if there is a crosswind or gust it may cause the ship to drift.
“They want to make sure that there is no room for mishaps or challenges. The turning basin and other work are completed. I think we are now positioned for the cruise arrival,” James said.
He explained that the cruise lines are building larger and larger ships and with this, the destination has to ensure they are able to dock safely and there are enough tours and excursion activities to keep the visitors entertained.
James said his team is also pleased with the ferry service which is not coming out of Montserrat and Guadeloupe.
“Next year we are going to be having from April, May, June, July, August, and December we are going to have the very service every month,” James said.
An influx of people will also be expected on the island next year for the SIDS conference and other events.