Two of the more popular cruise destinations for area cruisers include St Lucia and Jamaica. Both are served by Royal Caribbean, International.
Now, word that The Port of Castries in St. Lucia will join the Port of Falmouth in Jamaica as being among the major ports in the Caribbean to be developed and operated under an agreement between the government and RCI.
The Government of Saint Lucia and Royal Caribbean International have signed a deal that will see the transformation of Port Castries into one of the leading cruise ship destinations in the southern Caribbean.
This will allow the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority and the Government of Saint Lucia’s to transform the City of Castries into a bustling attraction for citizens and tourists alike.
Royal Caribbean International put US$20 – US$25 million into the project, which will see the southern Caribbean cruise capital Port Castries acquiring a makeover the likes of which is expected to be on par with some major tourist ports in the world.
The re-development will include a vendors’ craft market, a Waterfront pedestrian zone, a new ferry terminal complete with shops, restaurant and car park. All told, there is about a 3 1/2 mile strip that can be developed.
Also to be included in the re-development of the port are yachting berths, a boutique hotel and office space.
According to a St Lucia spokesperson, Castries had stopped being part of Saint Lucia’s tourism product and that the quality of shops there and the quality of the experience in coming to Castries had been under pressure.
No word on a time frame for the transformation was given.