Saint Lu­cia Tourism Author­ity Cel­e­brates In­au­gu­ral Call of Le Cham­plain

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Tourism Author­ity is ec­static over in­creased cruise calls to Port Cas­tries over the hol­i­day sea­son.

From mid-De­cem­ber, the Cas­tries Har­bour has been abuzz, wel­com­ing up to five ships per day. On Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 2, 2019 Le Cham­plain made its maiden voy­age to Saint Lu­cia. The ves­sel is the se­cond ship of the Ex­plor­ersclass of cruise ships op­er­ated by Po­nant.

Le Cham­plain docked in Soufriere where pas­sen­gers were greeted with the warm morn­ing sun and the view of the UNESCO World Her­itage Site—the Pi­tons. The ves­sel sailed up the west coast of the is­land to dock in Rod­ney Bay just about 3:00 p.m., giv­ing pas­sen­gers a com­pre­hen­sive view of the is­land’s north­ern tourism hub.

Le Cham­plain de­parted its home port in Fort-de-France, Mar­tinique on De­cem­ber 28, 2018 with calls to Grenada and the Gre­na­dine Is­lands, Saint Lu­cia and Guade­loupe, and cul­mi­nated its voy­age yes­ter­day in Fort-de-France. The ves­sel, named af­ter Sa­muel de Cham­plain, “The Fa­ther of New France”, of­fers a re­fined small-ship cruis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 184 pas­sen­gers.

The visit by Le Cham­plain is part of the bustling 2018/2019 cruise sea­son when Saint Lu­cia is pro­jected to re­al­ize in­creased num­bers of cruise pas­sen­gers com­pared to the record-set­ting 2017/2018 fig­ures. The ves­sel is slated to make ad­di­tional calls into Saint Lu­cia dur­ing its 2019/2020 cruise sched­ule.

The desti­na­tion also wel­comed in­au­gu­ral calls of MSC Preziosa, Zuider­dam (see page 11), Nor­we­gian Jade and Nor­we­gian Es­cape in 2018 and is look­ing for­ward to a bustling cruise sea­son in 2019.

Le Cham­plain is just one of sev­eral cruise ships which made their first visit to Saint Lu­cia.

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