Ships berthed at Port ZanteIn St. Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Crooke, managing director, Delisle Walwyn, pointed out in an exclusive interview with Cruise Industry News that traffic for this past season was up an astonishing 20 percent and discussions are ongoing to build a second pier at Port Zante.

“We will have a second year-round ship this year,” said Crooke, noting Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, “and plans are being made for a trial visit from an Oasis-class ship this December. Additionally, Mein Schiff 2 will make 10 calls next winter.”

Crooke also added that other destinations will be noticing the surge in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Those ports that have lost some market share to ‘fresh’ destinations like St. Kitts. They are definitely retooling and have become quite aggressive.”

Representing the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority in St. Kitts, Delcia King, head of corporate affairs, said that they were looking for “partners,” talking about the new pier proposal, “but not necessarily a cruise line.”

Right now, St.Kitts can take two ships at Port Zante, with a cargo pier available for a third, as well as tendering options.

To read a special edition 10-page Caribbean roundtable profiling the latest happenings in the region, see the Spring 2011 edition of the Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine.