Posts Tagged ‘St. Thomas – USVI’

USVI governor calls for improvements to cruise ship visitor experience

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

The governor of the US Virgin Islands has called for the private and public sector to work together to improve the experience for cruise passengers visiting Charlotte Amalie. (

A True Picture of Cruise Ship Industry in USVI: Data Is Imperative, But Context is Crucial

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

While data is imperative in analyzing the cruise industry in Charlotte Amalie and throughout our Territory, it is crucial that data be evaluated within context. Passenger counts are an important consideration, but the measure of success for the West Indian Company, Limited (WICO) and other port operations in the Virgin Islands can only be understood by the economic contribution to the destination in expenditures. (

U.S. Virgin Islands Embarks on New FCCA Sponsorship Package for Sustained Growth

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The FCCA is proud to announce that the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism, a long-time FCCA Featured Marketing Partner and prominent cruise and tourism destination, became the first to embark on the FCCA’s new partnership package to continue their cruise tourism growth. (more…)

USVI: WICO Optimistic for Cruise Season

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

St. Thomas continues to be one of the most requested ports of call by passengers in the Eastern Caribbean, according to WICO’s announcement, released Monday. (

Costa Cruises Returns to St. Thomas

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Costa DeliziosaOver the last 15 years, many ships suspended trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands because of challenging American customs regulations. (

Carnival to Fly Passengers Home From St. Thomas

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line has provided the following update on the Carnival Liberty situation: “The Carnival Liberty continues to remain in St. Thomas following an engine fire that occurred on Monday, Sept. 7, while the ship was docked there during a scheduled port of call visit.” (

Carnival Liberty to return back to San Juan

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

The Carnival LibertyThe Carnival Liberty continues to remain in St. Thomas following an engine fire that occurred yesterday while the ship was docked there during a scheduled port of call visit. The ship’s command is presently awaiting permission from authorities to sail. (

Tuesday Carnival Liberty Update – Ship Still in St. Thomas

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line has posted the following statement regarding the Carnival Liberty: “While docked in St. Thomas yesterday Carnival Liberty experienced an engine fire….. (

Long Bay Cruise Pier Plans Abandoned in St. Thomas

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Citing a potential negative impact on the quality of life of Virgin Islanders, the Board of the West Indian Company Ltd. (WICO) has suspended its plans for a new cruise ship pier in downtown St. Thomas. (

St. Thomas Cruise Port Set to Expand Under Long Bay Landing Project

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas Harbor, one of the world’s most heavily trafficked cruise ports, is set to expand with the commencement of the Long Bay Landing project. (

CTO Selects Barbados Minister of Tourism as New Chair

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Barbados has been elected Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election as Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy. (

CTO: Opening Annual Conference

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Delegates and other guests arrived in St. Thomas on Monday for the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization Conference. (

Virgin Islands cruise ship numbers plummet

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Virgin Islands cruise ship agents say that numbers of passengers in the 2012-2013 season fell by 9.4 percent over the previous year to 340,484 passengers. (

Report: Water shortage on St. Thomas impacting cruisers

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

A water shortage on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas has begun impacting the thousands of cruisers who visit each week, a local news outlet says. (

Update: Another Cruise Line Cancels Parasailing Tours Following Deadly Accident

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Carnival Cruise Lines is the latest of three lines to cancel parasailing trips in St. Thomas, following an accident that killed one passenger and left another critically injured. (

Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cancel Parasailing Tours Following Deadly Accident

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Celebrity Cruises has canceled all parasailing trips in the Caribbean — indefinitely — following an accident in St. Thomas that left one passenger dead and another critically injured. (

Woman killed in parasail fall

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Celebrity Cruises terminated parasailing excursions in the Caribbean after an accident one mile south of Water Island on Tuesday killed a cruise ship passenger and seriously injured her daughter. (

Drug dealer on Worlds Largest Gay Cruise pleads guilty

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Not long ago we reported on a drug dealer busted on the Worlds Largest Gay Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The man pleaded guilty this week in a U.S. Virgin Islands court to dealing drugs on board a cruise ship. (

Report: Family sues Carnival over daughter’s death in St. Thomas

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The family of the 14-year-old Carnival cruise ship passenger killed last year in a highly publicized shootout in St. Thomas is suing the line, according to a Miami news outlet. (

St. Thomas prepares welcome for tour group of blind passengers

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

A tour of 51 blind people will be arriving Tuesday on the Carnival Dream, and the St. Thomas community is pitching in to ensure they have a memorable trip. (

Cruise ship drug dealing alleged in Virgin Islands

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

A California man was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on suspicion of selling drugs to fellow passengers on a Caribbean cruise, officials said Friday. (

New emission rules to target ships in PRico, USVI

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Federal officials are looking to clear the air in two U.S. Caribbean territories by requiring cruise liners, tankers and other large ships in the region to reduce their emissions or face penalties. (

V.I. expects higher cruise passenger numbers for summer 2011

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

A blog post by Arthur Frommer, the travel guide pioneer, has been circulating around the territory causing panic, but Tourism officials say there is nothing to fear. (

Odd Staffing Issues Cause St. Thomas Docking Delays for Cruise Ships

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Numerous cruise ships, including 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, were delayed from docking in St. Thomas this morning due to bizarre and still-unresolved staffing issues. (

Report: Killing of cruiser in St.Thomas sparks changes at popular beach

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The killing of a cruiser near a popular beach in St. Thomas earlier this year has sparked some big changes in the area, according to a report today in the Virgin Islands Daily News. (

Dredging indefinitely on hold, Royal Caribbean drops pledge

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Royal Caribbean’s megaships the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas will not be berthing anywhere other than Crown Bay anytime in the foreseeable future, according to West Indian Company Ltd. President and CEO Ed Thomas. (

USVI Tourist Shooting Brings Crackdown, PR Blitz

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Tourism officials in the US Virgin Islands have begun a major campaign to allay the fears of cruise lines and cruise passengers following the shooting death last week of a 14-year-old Carnival cruise passenger. (

Police flood tourist areas in St. Thomas in wake of cruiser killing

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The U.S. Virgin Islands says it is moving quickly to make St. Thomas safer for tourists in the wake of last week’s killing of a cruise ship passenger. (

Cruise lines waive cancellation fees for St. Thomas excursions in wake of killing

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival have waived cancellation fees this week for shore excursions on St. Thomas in the wake of Monday’s killing of a cruiser on the island. (

More Cruise Lines Cancel St. Thomas Shore Excursions After Shooting

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

At least two more cruise lines suspended shore excursions on St. Thomas that travel through the Coki Point Beach area, where a Carnival Cruise Lines passenger was killed on July 12. (

Carnival Suspends Some St. Thomas Tours After Shooting

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Carnival Cruise Lines said it has suspended shore excursions to Coki Beach on St. Thomas after a 14-year-old female passenger died after being caught in the crossfire of a gun battle in the area. (

Teen tourist killed in U.S. Virgin Islands shooting crossfire

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A 14-year-old cruise passenger was killed in a crossfire Monday as she rode on a tour bus on the U.S. Virgin Islands, police said. (