POINTE BLANCHE: Port St. Maarten recently met with cruise lines representatives about the resumption of cruises. St. Maarten remains a favorable port of call for the cruises.
Port Management said scheduled port calls are important to the destination as it will allow passengers to explore the island in a safe manner for a couple of hours as was done pre-COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidelines also now hint towards lines being able to allow passengers to explore cities at their own discretion in line with the given country protocols for fully vaccinated passengers.
The CDC guidelines also include reduced social distancing, no masks onboard the cruise ships, and this is in alignment with other industries. This means that cruise ships can now carry a full complement of passengers.
The CDC is also allowing cruises longer than seven days out of U.S. based homeports, and this is also very beneficial for St. Maarten.
Therefore, it is essential that the majority of the population is vaccinated. This will send a strong signal to the tourism and travel trade including the cruise industry that destination St. Maarten is a safe destination to visit.