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Caribbean-On-Line » Caribbean Travel News » U.S. Virgin Islands » ST. THOMAS TO WELCOME ALLURE OF THE SEAS FOR INAUGURAL CALL TOMORROW


U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, December 14, 2010 - St. Thomas will welcome Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas for its inaugural call to the Territory on Wednesday, December 15 at 8:15 a.m. at the Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Facility in Crown Bay. The Allure of the Seas and its sister ship the Oasis of the Seas, which debuted last year, share the distinction of being the two largest cruise ships in the world. In addition to the Allure, St. Thomas will host four other ships on Wednesday including the Eurodam at Crown Bay, the Solstice, the Azura and the Norwegian Pearl at WICO. Also on Wednesday St. John will welcome the Seadream II and the Club Med II. In total, more than 15,000 cruise passengers are estimated to visit the St. Thomas/ St. John district.

The Department of Tourism will welcome all visitors with a team of greeters spanning across Crown Bay and Havensight to Market Square, Emancipation Garden and throughout the downtown shopping area. Additionally, visitors to Crown Bay will be treated to entertainment throughout the day culminating in a cultural show in the afternoon including carnival dancers, mocko jumbies, majorettes, quadrille dancers and a live band. A Quelbe band will perform in Market Square during peak shopping hours and two bands will entertain visitors at Havensight Mall throughout the day. On St. John, cruise passengers will be welcomed by greeters and a steel pan band.

As implemented whenever ships dock at Crown Bay, the taxi stand at Guttets Gade will be utilized as a drop-off and pick-up point for passengers traveling to and from Crown Bay, while passengers from Havensight will be dropped off and picked up from the taxi stand area adjacent to Emancipation Garden and Vendors Plaza. Taxis will not be allowed to stop on Main Street to fill their vehicles, and safari buses and other large vehicles will be prohibited from traveling along Store Taver Gade - the narrow street leading from Main Street to the parking area in front of the Green House Bar and Restaurant - to ensure pedestrian safety.

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