Port and dock update: February 7, 2019
We ran across a few quick updates on port news that have some impact on Royal Caribbean in the future.
St. Croix wants to handle Quantum Class ships
Caribbean Journal reports the US Virgin Islands Port Authority is exploring an opportunity to increase cruise passenger visits to the island of St Croix so that it could handle a Quantum Class ship.
According to the Port Authority, the plan would be to modify the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted to accommodate Quantum Class cruise ships.
The largest ships that currently berth in St Croix have a max capacity of up to 2,501 passengers.
Victoria port expansion impacted by lost steel
CTV Vancouver is reporting a multi-million dollar dolphin extension destined to upgrade Victoria's cruise ship terminal has been lost at sea.
The piles were meant to extend Pier B at Ogden Point by 55 metres and allow it to serve bigger cruise ships like the Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, which has committed to stopping in Victoria beginning this May.
The B.C. Pilots Association and Royal Caribbean International carried out tests at Pier A on Friday and it has been decided that for this summer, the Ovation of the Seas will stop at Pier A.
The replacement steel is expected to arrive in late summer from China. The extension is slated to be completed in time for the 2020 cruise season.