Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises, along with the Government of St. Lucia, on Tuesday announced that they will partner to take over management of the cruise pier and terminal in St. Lucia and will build a new port on the southern part of the island.
The two companies are already responsible for 75% of all cruise ship deployment to St. Lucia and they believe that the new port is going to help continue the cruise growth in the Caribbean.
“We are excited to partner with the Government of Saint Lucia to ensure that the destination directly benefits from that growth, while giving more guests the opportunity to visit this unique gem in the Caribbean,” Royal Caribbean’s CEO and President Michael Bayley said.
The new port will be built in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia’s second-largest town located on the southernmost point of the island. The town is near the Hewanorra International Airport, the larger of the island’s two airports.
The agreement is “a major step towards enhancing St. Lucia’s tourism product,” according to the island’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island,” he said. “We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of St. Lucia, and for our island as a whole.”