Cruising continues to be bright spot on Grenadas horizon

ST. GEORGES, Grenada -- Although Grenadas hotel inventory currently stands at 55% as properties renovate and repair following Hurricane Ivan last fall, Grenadas cruise picture is very bright.

Cruise passenger numbers are expected to top 280,000 this year, a 20% increase over 2004 and well above figures for 2003 as well.

A tourist board spokesman said that the high volume indicates that Grenada already is benefiting from the new cruise port, which opened last fall after the hurricane.

Cruise calls traditionally fall off in the summer period, as some of the larger cruise ships are redeployed to other regions.

There is still some work to be done at the cruise port, which will be carried out this summer without inconveniencing passengers, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, some of the islands hotels issued new timetables for reopening, including LaSource, which now plans to reopen in March 2006 instead of this December, and the Rex Grenadian, which will reopen in July instead of in May.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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