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Caribbean-On-Line » Caribbean Travel News » Cruise News » ST. CROIX EXPERIENCES BANNER CRUISE SHIP WEEK


ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, February 5, 2010 - St. Croix's economy is getting an added boost this week as a record five ships call on the island bringing thousands of cruise passengers to its shores to shop, dine, and explore all St. Croix has to offer. The banner week started with the arrival of the Summit on Monday followed by the Millennium on Tuesday and the Journey on Wednesday. Tomorrow both the Adventure of the Seas and the Mercury will visit St. Croix to top off the record week.

As part of its hospitality program, the Department of Tourism welcomes cruise ship passengers on the pier with live musical entertainment and cheerful greeters distributing island information, Cruzan Rum samples and USVI-branded souvenir gifts. In addition, tomorrow the Department has organized a special once a month "Customs Square Show" extending the entertainment from the pier into the historic Customs Square, encouraging residents to enjoy entertainment and camaraderie with cruise passengers in downtown Frederiksted. The show kicks off at noon with a dance performance by the African drumming and dance group Per Ankh. DJ Poppy Pops will keep the show moving, providing music for the dancers from Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Music in Motion, Sparkle Lite Twirlers and members of the Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbie troupe. The show wraps up at 4 p.m. as costumed performers pose for pictures and say farewell to cruise passengers.

"With close to 8,000 cruise passengers anticipated by the week's end, this is certainly a busy week for St. Croix," said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. More than 70 calls are estimated for St. Croix for the 2009-2010 season. "We continue to work closely with the cruise lines to promote the unique attributes of St. Croix and to ensure steady growth of cruise business to the island."

Next month representatives from the Department of Tourism and the Port Authority will attend the annual Seatrade Conference in Miami, Florida where the port of St. Croix will be showcased among the Territory's three seaports. While in the Miami area, Department of Tourism officials will also meet with cruise line executives, travel agents, airline executives and the media to share USVI news and keep the destination top-of-mind among these key decision-makers and influencers.

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