Grenada in talks with Cruise ship operators

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Story via CMC – Grenada tourism officials say they are in discussions with US-based cruise ship operators in a bid to resume cruise calls to the island.

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Ministry of Tourism said they are in negotiations with Seabourn and Sea Dream Yacht Club adding “these discussions are aimed at creating income-generating activities for many Grenadians who are affected by the suspension of cruise ship calls to the island.”

In a statement, the authorities said that a task force comprising key stakeholders in the cruise industry is looking at modalities for restarting the Industry and holding discussions with the Cruise lines.

“As part of the discussions, requests have been made to secure access to uncrowded beaches to minimise personal contact between locals and visitors, thus reducing any possible transmission of disease. In this pandemic period, the first and foremost priority of the government is to keep the shores of the Tri-Island state safe and to ensure responsible, diverse economic recovery.”

The statement said that since the coronavirus (COVID-19) became full blown, “thousands of Grenadians involved in the tourism industry have lost their jobs, so the Government is working cautiously to restore their jobs while preserving the health of the nation”.

It said that Sea Dream Yacht Club is proposing to work with Barbados, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and will operate from Barbados, and only persons with negative tests will be allowed to board.

“Seabourn meanwhile, will operate from Barbados, and only persons who produce negative COVID -19 tests will be allowed into that country. They will then be tested in Barbados before boarding the ship, and will be strictly monitored while on board. This ship will cruise once every fourteen days.”

The tourism officials here said that five other islands are involved in this southern cruise, namely Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and St. Kitts/Nevis.

“The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation thanks the general public for their feedback and suggestions, and urges patience and solidarity as we work together to emerge from this latest crisis,” the statement noted.

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