Crystal Espirit Cruises Makes First Official Visit to Montserrat
The honourable Deputy Premier, Delmaude Ryan, on Friday welcomed the Captain, crew and passengers of Crystal Esprit on their first official call toÂ Montserrat.
According to a press statement from the Office of the Premier, the award winning cruise ship called at Port Little Bay with 41 passengersÂ and 88 crew members on board. Todayâ€™s visit is the first of two calls planned for the winterÂ season. The next visit is scheduled for early January 2018.
During her welcoming remarks, Minister Ryan expressed her desire to see future visitsÂ from Crystal Esprit. She stated that although the visits will be short this season, the sharedÂ pleasant experiences by the visitors and crew, will serve to encourage those responsibleÂ for planningÂ the trips to see the opportunities and uniqueness of Montserrat for future
The Deputy Premier also highlighted the impact of the Soufriere Hills Volcano as anÂ attraction for the visitors. Mrs. Ryan said, â€œEven though we have been set back, we are stillÂ able to persevere through all the challenges, and so the same volcano that was part of ourÂ set back is actually part of our come back.â€ She further noted that visitors are oftenÂ interested in seeing the Plymouth area as â€œit is the only place in the Caribbean where youÂ can come and see a Town gradually being buried,â€ stated the Deputy Premier.
Captain Jan Gustaf Rautawaara in his remarks described the island as a gem. He said, â€œItÂ is very nice to be in Montserrat, it is one of the islands that people usually do not come toÂ very much, and itâ€™s like a hidden small gem.â€
Captain Rautawaara explained that the Crystal Esprit visited Montserrat in November 2017Â with only the crew and office personnel. The visit then, he said, was to allow them toÂ familiarise themselves with the island and to ensure they know what to show theÂ passengers and where to take them.
He also stated that there is a possibility that the ship will be in the Caribbean in the nextÂ season and if so, he is certain Crystal Esprit will come here sometime after their JanuaryÂ 2018 scheduled visit.
Following the remarks, the Deputy Premier presented a plaque to the Captain on behalf ofÂ the Government and people of Montserrat. Captain Rautawaara in return, presented twoÂ plaques to the Government and people of Montserrat.
Minister Ryan was accompanied onboard the ship by the Director of External Affairs, DebraÂ Lewis; Director of Information and Communication, Viona Alexander-Smith; ProductÂ Development Officer in the Tourism Division, Rosetta West Gerald and two representativesÂ from a local costume troupe.
Crystal Esprit caters to the luxury cruise market and includes 31 suites. The ship canÂ accommodate 62 passengers and its features include, one evening restaurant, a lunch and breakfast venue, an outside deck with a pool, a small spa, a medical centre and a gym.