St. Lucia tourism officers staged a festive welcome ceremony for P&O Cruises’ latest ship, Arvia, when it referred to as at Port Castries on January 18. Singers and dancers in conventional costumes entertained cruisers as they disembarked for his or her island go to.
Tourism Officers Roll Out Welcome Mat for Arvia
P&O Cruises’ new 5,200-guest Arvia made its inaugural name to St. Lucia as she repositioned from Southampton to her winter homeport in Barbados. Arvia is the primary Excel-class ship to go to St. Lucia, and native officers celebrated her arrival with speeches, music and a Plaque Change Ceremony. The ship entered service in December.
Readily available for the massive welcome had been representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority, Make investments Saint Lucia, cruise brokers Cox & Firm Restricted, and the St. Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Affiliation.
Lorine Charles-St Jules, CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, mentioned, “Arvia’s go to is reflective of the federal government’s intentional method to constantly place the vacation spot inside the cruise realm. Saint Lucia is dedicated to delivering memorable journey experiences that make cruising one of many nice methods to understand the vacation spot.”
She added, “At each alternative, we dialogue with cruise companions on plans for welcoming and rising cruise arrivals and increasing the island’s enchanting product choices.”
The plaque ceremony was held on the port and there have been speeches by different tourism officers, as properly, together with Castries Mayor Geraldine Lendor, who welcomed the ship’s roughly 4,000 visitors to the island.
President of the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Affiliation Paul Collymore mentioned he seems ahead to the enterprise that visitors will convey for members of his affiliation.
Arvia Captain Paul Brown mentioned he’s thrilled to be again in Saint Lucia, main his crew and cruise visitors for the vessel’s maiden name to Port Castries. Additionally readily available was P&O Cruises Vice President of Port and Shore Operations of Carnival UK, Sander Groothuis.
Native officers mentioned the itinerary for Arvia’s inaugural go to was designed to supply passengers the absolute best island experiences, together with exploring its pure magnificence and wealthy tradition, visiting the world-renowned Pitons, climbing the island’s rainforest, and having fun with its culinary choices.
Like different Caribbean locations, St. Lucia is aiming for a resurgence in cruise arrivals. For the primary 10 months of 2022, the island obtained about 180,000 cruise guests. The island’s pre-pandemic cruise arrivals quantity for a similar timeframe in 2019 was 570,000, in line with TourismAnalytics.
Arvia Will Homeport in Barbados
Arvia, the cruise line’s second Excel-class ship after Iona, departed Southampton on January 6 to reposition to the Caribbean for a sequence of winter cruises from Barbados.
The ship’s naming ceremony is about for March 16 in Barbados. P&O mentioned the ceremony will characteristic a few of Britain’s hottest performers and presenters, and shall be broadcast reside on-line to a worldwide viewers.
From Barbados, the ship will sail a sequence of 7- and 14-day cruises. Seven-day sailings will name at Tortola, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, and Antigua-Barbuda, whereas 14-day cruises will go to these ports and in addition name at St. Kitts and Nevis, Martinique and St. Lucia.
The 184,700-gross-ton vessel has 20 eating choices and 4 cabin classes. Leisure venues embody the Limelight Membership and Headliner’s Theater, plus an escape room.