Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

St. Kitts welcomes 'one of the greatest ships in the world'

'Very special event' to welcome 'one of the greatest ships in the world' - From left, Capt. Per Kristoffersen, Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant; Don James, ceo, St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority; and Clayton Perkings, md, Delisle Walwyn
Oasis of the Seas made its maiden visit to St. Kitts on Wednesday, bringing more than 6,000 passengers to an island that will handle more than a million cruisers this year.

Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant, who led a delegation for a plaque exchange with the captain, called it a 'very special event' to welcome 'one of the greatest ships in the world.'

Grant noted that Port Zante, built more than 20 years ago, is able to accommodate the world's largest cruise ships—a testament to those who conceptualized the port and oversaw its upgrades.

Capt. Per Kristoffersen said Oasis of the Seas was carrying 6,380 passengers and 2,183 crew.

The captain also mentioned his eagerness to play a few rounds on what he'd heard is one of the Caribbean's best golf courses.

Also present at the ceremony were officials from the Ministry of Tourism, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority, High Command of the St. Kitts Police Force and the ship's agent, Delisle Walwyn & Co.

Wednesday was a three-ship day for St. Kitts, with approximately 14,000 passengers arriving.

Oasis of the Seas will be visiting a total of five times in 2016.