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From left: Minister of Tourism, Carlos James with Government Relations Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, Roy Schultheis along with Paul Delves and Joanna Jack of Corea & Co.
From left: Minister of Tourism, Carlos James with Government Relations Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, Roy Schultheis along with Paul Delves and Joanna Jack of Corea & Co.
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has announced the removal of COVID-19 protocols for cruise passengers during the upcoming 2022/23 season.

Tourism Minister Carlos James made the announcement at the 28th Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference in the Dominican Republic this week. 

The FCCA conference taking place through Oct. 14, 2022, brings together leading cruise industry executives, government leaders and stakeholders to discuss tourism development and cruise operations including safety and security. 

James said SVG took the decision to relax its health protocols for arriving cruise passengers following a period of low infections globally and low COVID-19 related admissions to the island’s health facilities. 

During the last cruise season, SVG implemented protocols to facilitate cruise passengers, including safe zones established for vaccinated cruise passengers. 

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Minister of Tourism Hon. Carlos James shares a moment with Associate Vice President Government Relations Caribbean for Royal Caribbean Group Wendy McDonald
Minister of Tourism, Carlos James shares a moment with Associate Vice President Government Relations Caribbean for Royal Caribbean Group, Wendy McDonald.

For the upcoming 2022/23 season, the destination will swap those protocols with new relaxed health guidelines, welcoming unvaccinated cruise passengers to the destination for the first time in two years.  

“As the island prepares itself to welcome new and returning cruise lines to its shores and with the island’s La Soufriere volcano now settled, the tourism minister reassured stakeholders and cruise industry executives that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is safe and free to explore during the 2022/23 cruise season,” the ministry said in a press statement.

“In spite of the many challenges encountered in the last two cruise seasons, from a global health pandemic to the eruption of our country’s La Soufriere volcano, your strategic partnership allowed us to navigate those turbulent times,” the release quoted James as saying.

2 replies on “SVG drops COVID-protocols for 2022 cruise season ”

  1. More proof the Gonsalves vaccine mandate was ill advised. The master of deception has accidentally shot himself in the foot as he would not be able to lie himself out of this. I think he must slowly be coming to the realization there is a power higher than he and Julian.

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