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BVI Limits International Ports of Entry Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

 The British Virgin Islands has announced a series of measures aimed at protecting the territory from the spread of coronavirus.  The BVI has announced the immediate closure of its cruise port for a 30-day period, while limiting ports of entry.  …

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Royal Caribbean Buys Grand Lucayan Hotel in The Bahamas

 A partnership between Royal Caribbean International and Bahamas Port Investments has purchased the Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama in The Bahamas.  The government of The Bahamas was the seller of the property, which it had originally purchased the resort …

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Royal Caribbean Is Adding More Calls to St Maarten

 The Port of St Maarten will get a boost this year with a series of additional calls by cruise giant Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has modified its regional itineraries by adding 15 new stops in St Maarten this year. That …

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 Antigua and Barbuda may be breaking tourism records for stopover arrivals — but it’s also quietly becoming a major new Caribbean cruise power.  The Eastern Caribbean destination, which now has a partnership with Global Ports Holding, the world’s largest cruise …

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 In a boost for locals and visitors to one of the Caribbean’s busiest cruise ports, St Thomas will soon be home to a brand-new cigar lounge.  It’s called The Pelican Shop, and it will be set in St Thomas’ A.H. …

saint lucia

 Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Saint Lucia on a major new joint venture.  The two cruise giants will work together to manage Saint Lucia’s existing cruise pier and terminal …

port st maarten projects

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Port St Maarten is planning a series of improvement projects, officials announced this week. The new investments are part of a “primary focus of getting additional business in 2020 and beyond,” according to a statement. …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Holland America Line is returning to Tampa for the 2020 season for Caribbean cruises, the company said this week. The cruise line will return to Port Tampa Bay for a “full season” including 18 cruises …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Corporation is undertaking a major investment in The Bahamas, with plans for two major new cruise developments in the country that could mean $180 million in new investment. The company has signed an agreement …

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 By Alexander Britell It’s one of the most sought-after corners of the Caribbean — that famous triangle of Caribbean hotspots: St Maarten, St Barth and Anguilla. And just two years after Hurricane Irma, the trio of destinations is in the midst …

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 By Alexander Britell While San Juan has long been Puerto Rico’s undisputed tourism hub, the island’s efforts to ramp up tourism development have meant a look at new destinations for growth. That’s what has taken developers to Ponce, the second-most-populous …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Fast-expanding MSC Cruises is adding Tampa as its newest homeport, the company said in a statement. Beginning in Nov. 2020, MSC will be sailing from Tampa to the Caribbean, Mexico and The Bahamas year-round. That …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten’s all-important cruise sector continues to surge, according to the latest numbers released this week by Port St Maarten. The top-level Caribbean port reported close to 1.1 million cruise passenger arrivals between January and …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Global Ports Holding has formalized its partnership to create what may become the leading cruise port in the entire Caribbean in the heart of Nassau, The Bahamas. GPH has signed a $250 million heads of …

st kitts cruise pier new

 By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the Caribbean’s top cruise ports is expanding. St Kitts’ Port Zante has reached 90 percent completion of a major second cruise pier, according to St Kitts Public Infrastructure Minister Ian Patches Liburd. “The …

st croix caribbean cities

 By Bob CurleyCJ Contributor Our visit to St Croix’s two cities was the best of times and the better of times, and we had a Dickens of a time deciding whether we loved Christiansted or Frederiksted more. Then again, why …

caribbean cruise revenues

 By Robert MacLellanCJ Contributor Can tourism-dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil – their main source of national revenue – they banded …

bahamas royal caribbean destinations

 By Alexander Britell Royal Caribbean opened eyes earlier this year when it submitted a letter of intent to purchase The Bahamas’ Grand Lucayan resort, the first move of its kind for the company. Now, the company is shedding some light …