Supplier: St. Kitts Tourism Authority
The government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis were on hand to celebrate the completion of the twin islands’ new cruise pier at Port Zante in November. With the opening of the port’s second pier, Port Zante, located on St. Kitts, can now simultaneously host up to three of the world’s largest cruise ships.
The islands have welcomed a million passengers during each of the past two cruise seasons—a milestone visitor volume, reflecting the growing popularity of the destination.
December 16, 2019 was a milestone day in St. Kitts as a record 4 ships were in port at Basseterre.
Ships now dock at two piers, supported by a 27 acre fully loaded terminal in Basseterre Bay- located just blocks from downtown Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis. Port Zante has over 60 shops offering deals on jewellery, watches, gemstones and other items.
Basseterre’s charm stems from its distinctive mix of colonial-French and -English architectural styles; pastel-colored gingerbread homes are bordered by pedestrian-friendly streets. The city was officially founded in 1625 by the French—their first Caribbean settlement. However, the British had set up shop on the island two years prior. The two Old World powers initially shared the land, but the relationship regressed into a 150-year-long power struggle. The Treaty of Paris finally settled things in the Brits’ favor in 1783.
The impressive brown-and-white Georgian-style estate behind the port’s main shopping area is the Treasury Building, circa 1894. It houses the National Museum of St. Kitts, where visitors can discover the stages of the island’s varied history from precolonial times to the present. Exhibits feature ancient artifacts, artwork, maps, and other island memorabilia.
There are well over 25-day excursions to explore the destination, excellent port facilities and the warm hospitality of the Kittitian people.
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