Blues Cruise To Return To St. Croix After Five­year Absence

Holland America ms Westerdam to dock in Frederiksted on January 16

ST. CROIX, U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS, January 14, 2008 – The Department of Tourism is pleased to welcome the “Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise” to St. Croix on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. The Blues Cruise, commonly known as the Holland America ms Westerdam, is scheduled to arrive at the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted at 8:00 am, and will be met by Department of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Director of Cruise Activities Alvin Milligan and the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Honorable John P. de Jongh, Jr.

In support of the Blues Cruise, the Department of Tourism will host a “meet-n-greet” from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm for passengers and crew complete with Mocko Jumbies, Cruzan Rum punch and entertainment from the Educational Complex Quelbe Band, Sour Lab Steel Orchestra and the Complex Quadrille Dancers. Festivities resume at 6:00 pm with performances by Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra, Calypso Inc. Banjo Players, Native Rhythm Quelbe Band, the St. Croix Heritage Dancers Inc., the West End Masqueraders, Rigidims Festival Troupe, Eddie Russell Latin Quelbe Band and Mocko Jumbie.

Our Town Frederiksted is also scheduled to host an outdoor concert for cruise guests in the Paul E. Joseph Stadium starting at 2:00 pm, featuring local artists including Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Maxx Cabello, Jr, the Deanna Bogart Band, Terrance Simien, Shemekia Copeland, Coco Montoya and Taj Mahal & The Phanton Blue Band.

“We have been working hard to foster the growth of the cruise industry in St. Croix,” states Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. “The ship’s return for the first time in five years is confirmation that our efforts are paying off. We look forward to welcoming its passengers to celebrate the rich culture, natural beauty and unique offerings of America’s Caribbean.”

The visit is the first time the ship has docked in St. Croix since 2003. The day’s festivities are part of the ship’s seven-day cruise itinerary traveling the Eastern Caribbean from January 13-20. For more information, visit http://www.bluescruise.com/caribbean08.html.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel—including on-line check-in—making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.