For Immediate Release
March 29th, 2016
The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes further positive news for the Cruise Industry.
The vital cruise ship sector is to receive a boost, as P&O Cruise Lines has selected Saint Lucia to be its home porting destination.
A P&O cruise ship, the Britannia, will sail from Southampton, United Kingdom to Saint Lucia to begin its Saint Lucia cruises on Monday, 12 November, 2016. The cruise line will embark on a total of 28 voyages from Saint Lucia which will conclude on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
P&O Cruises' Marketing Director Christopher Edgington, who touted Saint Lucia as a highly sought-after destination stated:
“Introducing new itineraries that all depart or return St Lucia will offer a new dimension to our Caribbean cruises. St Lucia is a popular destination with passengers and no other (large) cruise line has it as a homeport, so we are looking to make the most of this by offering an exciting range of shore excursions to maximise the time there.”
Prime Minister, Dr Kenny D. Anthony, remarked;
"In this time when the regional tourism product is becoming increasingly competitive, it is indeed pleasing that P&O has selected Saint Lucia as its home port for its Caribbean Cruises. We have to make this experience truly special for the crew of this ship and its passengers. This is really a great opportunity for us. I am anxious that the passengers experience the beauty of Saint Lucia's landscape, the warmth of its people and its rich and diverse culture. The Minister of Tourism and his team in the Tourist Board and SLASPA deserve our thanks and commendation for this initiative."
This home porting initiative will provide direct benefits to stakeholders and their families. Therefore we welcome the Britannica to our shores and will continue to work assiduously to maintain Saint Lucia's unique positioning in the tourism market."
The home porting initiative serves as part of a seven (7) night fly/cruise program - a novel idea for the cruise line. The maiden cruise from port Castries will call at Dominica, Antigua, St Maarten and Barbados.