Simply weeks earlier than the 2022-2023 winter Caribbean cruise season begins, the federal government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has dropped all COVID-19 journey restrictions for cruise passengers.
That is welcome information not just for main cruise strains, however for a lot of smaller luxurious strains that go to these stunning islands.
All Journey Restrictions Finish
In accordance with the nation’s tourism minister, Carlos James, the choice to loosen up well being protocols for arriving cruise passengers is because of ongoing low international an infection charges and low COVID-19 associated admissions to the island’s well being amenities.
The restrictions have been really lifted on September 18, 2022, however the official announcement was made on the twenty eighth Florida Caribbean Cruise Affiliation (FCCA) Convention within the Dominican Republic this week, the place cruise trade executives, authorities officers and different tourism stakeholders met to debate growth and cruise operations within the area.
This now signifies that cruise vacationers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines not want to offer proof of vaccination, take pre-cruise COVID-19 assessments, or have a quarantine plan in place.
It’s as a result of well being and security protocols, nevertheless, which have permitted the small nation to securely come by way of the pandemic and different challenges, together with the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in April 2021.
“Despite the numerous challenges encountered within the final two cruise seasons, from a world well being pandemic to the eruption of our nation’s La Soufriere volcano, your strategic partnership allowed us to navigate these turbulent instances,” stated James, commenting to attendees on the convention.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a inhabitants of simply over 100,000 residents. Via your entire pandemic, the nation has recorded over 9,400 COVID-19 instances, with 116 deaths attributed to the illness, in accordance with the federal government’s well being monitoring knowledge.
Different Caribbean Nations Drop Restrictions
The choice by St. Vincent and the Grenadines follows a number of different Caribbean nations equally dropping all journey restrictions in current weeks.
Beginning October 25, Bermuda will drop all journey necessities, although the nation is maintaining its controversial $40 entry authorization payment in the intervening time.
Barbados dropped all restrictions in late September, whereas The Bahamas eased journey protocols in late August. Different Caribbean nations, together with St. Kitts and the Cayman Islands, equally relaxed protocols weeks in the past.
Cruise vacationers ought to observe, nevertheless, that particular person cruise strains can nonetheless preserve stricter well being and security protocols, and all passengers should abide by established necessities earlier than setting sail.
Company booked on upcoming cruises ought to keep in shut contact with their cruise line for any modifications in pre-cruise necessities, which might change on quick discover.
All Cruise Ships Welcome Once more
The upcoming Caribbean cruise season – historically November by way of April when regional cruise visits are at their highest as a result of nice climate and the urge for tropical getaways from northern winter situations – would be the first time in two years unvaccinated visitors have been welcomed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The nation is positioned within the southeastern Caribbean, a part of the Lesser Antilles, and is a well-liked vacation spot for extra unique or far-reaching Jap Caribbean or Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries.
The preferred port of name in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Kingstown, the nation’s capital and largest metropolis.
Within the coming months, Kingstown is scheduled to have visits from a number of cruise strains, together with P&O Cruises, AIDA Cruises, TUI Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean Worldwide, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and extra.
Many smaller luxurious cruise strains additionally go to the nation, and different, extra intimate ports of name in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will welcome ships from Seabourn, Windstar Cruises, Ponant Cruises, Star Clippers, and different unique strains.