The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

The Queen of the Car­ni­val, Car­ni­val Sail­ing’s new­est ad­di­tion, was launched on Jan­uary 14th. A spe­cial launch event was held to of­fi­cially in­tro­duce the one-of-a-kind cus­tom-built lux­ury day char­ter cata­ma­ran to the pub­lic, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Car­ni­val Sail­ing shared with spe­cially in­vited guests some of the key fea­tures of the cus­tom-de­signed ves­sel.

“This awe­some cata­ma­ran has no ex­pense spared on the qual­ity and com­fort of your ex­pe­ri­ence,” Gen­eral Man­ager Peter Byrne ex­pressed, adding that the boat is “per­fect for wed­dings and cor­po­rate events”.

Queen of the Car­ni­val is 70ft long and was de­signed and built by Two Oceans Marine Man­u­fac­tur­ing in Cape Town, South Africa. From there the cata­ma­ran was shipped to Tor­tola. With a team of four mem­bers: Peter Byrne, Car­ni­val Sail­ing Gen­eral Man­ager, Chan Richards, Car­ni­val Sail­ing Cap­tain, Si­mon Han­d­ley and Ar­mani Smith from Two Oceans Marine Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the ves­sel sailed from Tor­tola to Saint Lu­cia in forty-four hours on Jan­uary 12th.

When asked what led to the de­ci­sion for the new ad­di­tion, GM Peter Byrne stated, “Car­ni­val Sail­ing has been the lead­ing cata­ma­ran provider for many years and, over the past few years, we have been up­grad­ing our prod­uct, giv­ing our clients un­for­get­table experiences in Saint Lu­cia and of­fer­ings ex­clu­sive to Car­ni­val Sail­ing.

“We tai­lor our pack­ages to suit your needs, from food and bev­er­age pack­ages, on-board chefs, en­ter­tain­ment from steel pan to in­ter­na­tional artists; and large group pack­ages to ex­clu­sive high-end pri­vate char­ters, Car­ni­val Sail­ing of­fers it all.”

The Queen of the Car­ni­val will host all ex­ist­ing Car­ni­val tours. The com­pany says large book­ings can now sail on the same boat, whereas in the past large groups were split over two boats. There will also be lo­cal boat rides at the weekend.

The luxurious Queen of the Car­ni­val reaches 19–20 knots, just un­der the power of its two large 315 Yan­mar horse­power en­gines and large Cum­mings gen­er­a­tor. This ves­sel can ar­rive at Soufriere dock from Gan­ters Bay, Cas­tries in forty-five min­utes com­pared to the hour and a half usu­ally taken by sim­i­lar boats.

At the launch event Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet sent out his con­grat­u­la­tions: “To have this boat li­censed in such a quick time is not that some­body chased pa­per, it’s the fact that Peter from the get-go in­cluded Mr. Alexan­der and SLASPA in the de­sign of the boat. This is an ex­am­ple for both the pri­vate sec­tor and pub­lic sec­tor mov­ing for­ward in terms of what they have to do to achieve. As Prime Min­is­ter and a per­son very keen on tourism, I am so ex­cited for see­ing the up­grade of this prod­uct.”

The Queen of the Car­ni­val on her way to Saint Lu­cia.

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