March 31, 2004 – The summer cruise season — from May through September — will see 208 calls by ships in the territory, an increase from 197 last year, The West Indian Co. announced on Wednesday.
WICO singled out two coming schedule changes as significant:
– Princess Cruises' new Caribbean Princess will go into year-round service in the Caribbean on April 27, with itineraries of two consecutive weeks in the Eastern Caribbean, including calls at St. Thomas, and one week in the Western Caribbean. The vessel, sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., can accommodate 3,100 passengers and carries a crew of 1,200.
– The three-year-old Carnival Legend will return for a second season of weekly cruises out of New York beginning May 3 with visits to St. Thomas. The ship carries 2,124 passengers and a crew of 930.
The summer schedule will be available shortly in electronic form as an Adobe Reader .pdf document, the company said in a release, and it will no longer supply printed schedules. Also, the release stated, monthly schedules beginning with May will be posted on a WICO Intranet site to be activated on April 26.
Meanwhile, the release noted that the Zuiderdam will not make its scheduled call at St. Thomas on Tuesday because the vessel has been booked for a special charter cruise of the Western Caribbean next week.
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