PORT: Cruise ships around the world are reviewing their itineraries and deciding where in the world to go that is safe for passengers and crew.
St. Maarten/St. Martin is featuring high on many cruise lines’ agenda due to its low number of known COVID-19 case and the vaccination program on both sides of the island.
What tops all of this in-house planning is the level of publicity the island is getting via different media. Cruising advertisements are targeting everyone from the casual gamer playing Candy Crush and Bejeweled online to people watching television and riding trains.
One advertisement spotted online from Celebrity Cruise Line tells readers the wait to take to the high seas is over: “Someday is here. New 7-night summer Caribbean sailings from St. Maarten.”
People and cruise lines are also drawn to the island for its humanity. This was one of only a few ports that reached out to the cruise industry early in the pandemic to give safe mooring to cruise ships and their crew.