Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is ecstatic about the inaugural call of Seabourn Ovation to Port Castries on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
The Seabourn Ovation, launched in 2018, is a sister to the Seabourn Encore. It is modeled after the newer ships in the Seabourn fleet and has ultra-luxury design elements often found in private yachts. The prestigious vessel is fitted with modern amenities and offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment, and enriching activities. The 690ft vessel houses a capacity of 600 guests.
A welcome ceremony was held onboard the vessel to welcome Seabourn Ovation to Saint Lucia’s ports, anchored at the Rodney Bay Marina. In attendance was the Tourism Minister, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, representatives of Invest St. Lucia, the Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Cox and Company Limited, and SLASPA.
Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, said, “Saint Lucia has noted an 81% recovery or rebound in terms of tourism,” says Minister Ernest Hilaire. He further expressed the Government’s enthusiasm stating, “we are certain that our operators and service providers on the ground are looking forward to reaping as much benefit as possible from this cruise season.”
SLASPA has welcomed a total of 4 inaugural calls since the beginning of the cruise season. Some of these include; Evrima, Celebrity Edge, Rhapsody of the Seas, and Seabourn Ovation.
Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Minister of Tourism- Ernest Hilaire also expressed pleasure in welcoming Seabourn Ovation to the shores of the destination for the first time.
He cited, “Today we welcomed Seabourn Ovation to our shores for the first time. The ship arrived with 485 guests at Rodney Bay. It’s always a pleasure to welcome new ships to our beautiful island.”
Earlier, the authorities welcomed Rhapsody of the Seas to Saint Lucia for the first time.
“It is always a pleasure to have these inaugural calls as they show the courage the cruise lines put in Saint Lucia as a destination, “said the minister.
After two and a half year break, the cruise season 2022/23 started in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. The country welcomed Celebrity Millenium on October 19, 2022, and berthed at Duty Pointe Seraphine. The ship has a capacity of 2138.
Complimentary bags were made available by the SLTA to reinforce the welcome message and further promote “Brand Saint Lucia”. The welcome was appreciated by the captain, crew and some of the passengers who eagerly departed for their pre-booked tours.