CHARLOTTE AMALIE -- Scheduled winter season cruise ship calls in
the U.S. Virgin Islands are up substantially over the same period a
year ago, according to a recent Virgin Islands Port Authority
St. Croix's schedule, which runs from Nov. 1 through April 30,
calls for 114 cruise ship visits, up from 61 calls last winter.
In St. Thomas, 786 ships are scheduled to call from Oct. 14
through May 17. This figure compares with 716 during the same
period last year.
St. Croix's geographic location as the first U.S. site in the
Western Hemisphere to greet the millennium accounts for 10 ship
calls between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, with four slated on Dec. 30.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norway will visit on Jan. 1.
At least five vessels visiting St. Thomas this season are
scheduled to call eight or more times from November through
Through June, 463 ships called in St. Thomas, down from 522 in
the same period a year ago; St. Croix figures are 49 and 58,
Cruise passengers to St. Croix last year numbered 154,300, an
85.5% jump in the past five years, while St. Thomas cruise visitors
totaled 1.54 million last year, a 6% increase in the same time
A complete schedule of cruise ship calls is available from the
West Indian Co., which administers the cruise docks, at (340)