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VIPA: Celebrity Summit Is The Second Cruise Ship In Two Months To Cancel Visit To St. Croix


FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) said on Monday that the Celebrity Summit cruise ship has cancelled its April 9 call to the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility on St. Croix’s West End.

VIPA’s Acting Executive Director David Mapp, quoting the ship’s agent, said the Celebrity Summit is scheduled for emergency repairs on the day it was scheduled to be on St. Croix.

The cancellation comes nearly two weeks after Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, the cruise industry’s most important gathering, where Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Tourism Director Beverly Nicholson-Doty said good things happened.

The Celebrity Summit’s cancellation is the second for St. Croix this year. On January 7, the Port Authority announced that Holland American Cruise Lines had cancelled its January 10 visit of the Dutch ship to the island. No details were given about why the ship cancelled.

The Celebrity Summit is a Millennium-class cruise ship owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises. It was built in 2001 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Celebrity Cruises as GTS Summit, and renamed with the “Celebrity” prefix in 2008.

The ship features a special restaurant that has original panels and ornamentation from SS Normandie, which includes the bronze statue “LA NORMANDIE” purchased in 2001 from the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

Based in Bayonne, New Jersey or San Juan, the ship’s normal cruise track finds it wintering in the southern Caribbean and summering at Bermuda with port calls at popular destinations such as Kings Wharf, and during the winter season calls at St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica and Grenada, as well as St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Barbados and Antigua.

When cruising to Canada and New England in fall, key ports of call are: Portland, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Québec City and Charlottetown.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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