Cruise lines sign MOU to build new cruise port in the south

The Government of Saint Lucia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises to form a joint venture to manage the existing cruise pier and terminal facilities in Saint Lucia.

The agreement also includes the design, construct and operate a new cruise port in the south of the island.

The MOU was signed during a ceremony October 21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the FCCA Cruise Conference.

As part of the MOU, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean and the government of Saint Lucia will establish a long-term concession agreement to formalize the terms and responsibilities for the joint venture to manage and operate the current cruise pier and terminal facilities at the Port of Castries.

Additionally, the joint venture will design, finance, construct and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort that will be able to accommodate the latest and most innovative ships in the cruise industry.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has called the signing of the MOU “historic” and “a major step towards enhancing Saint Lucia’s tourism product.”

Prime Minister Chastanet said that “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that Saint Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity”.

Together, the cruise line brands of Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises currently account for 75 percent of all cruise ship deployment to Saint Lucia.