Published on : Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Viking Sea sailed into the Port of St. Maarten this morning, making the end of a 13- week cruise ship dry spell as Sint Maarten, a Dutch-Caribbean destination recovered the damages sustained during Hurricane Irma that wrecked several areas of the Caribbean Island destroying the tourism culture there.
The milestone of Viking Sea was marked with fanfare, with a welcome banner, appearances from a steel drum band, stilt walkers, carnival queens, and dancers, while ministry and port officials greeted the vessel as it sailed in and passengers disembarked.
Complimentary #SXMSTRONG wristbands were passed out to visiting cruisers in a show of support and solidarity. A plaque exchange also marked the occasion, a crucial one toward economic recovery for St. Maarten, in a private ceremony onboard.
British line Marella Cruises is scheduled to arrive in St. Maarten with its ship Marella Discovery tomorrow, on December 5. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas is set to call on St. Maarten on December 17.
The similar portside activities like live music and performers in addition to wristbands and an official welcome are being arranged by the Port of St. Maarten for both calls.
St. Maarten, a stalwart of Caribbean cruising, is the most recent in a string of Eastern Caribbean cruise ports to reopen to ship calls. St. Thomas welcomed passengers on November 10, 2017 and San Juan reopened as a port of call on November 30, 2017.
Tortola, a cruise port in the British Virgin Islands, is also scheduled to reopen to Marella Cruises on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.