WILLEMSTAD - Cruise lines are currently looking to lay up their vessels in safe ports with all the necessary facilities, while the cruise industry is awaiting the market to pick up. Several government owned companies and governmental departments together have drawn up a plan to provide this service to cruise lines, to stimulate economic activities in our ports, while taking into account the precautionary measures implemented by the government in connection with the crisis related to the COVID-19 virus.
Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) approached the government of Curaçao with the request to allow cruise ships to lay up in Curacao for long term with only a limited number of crew members on board. The Ministries of MEO, GMN, VVRP and AZ all worked together to make this a reality. RDK also provided its assistance by offering its jetties to accommodate the ships.
The joint cooperation of all companies and government agencies has led to the first cruise ship, the Coral Princess of the cruise line Princess Cruises to select Curacao to layup one of its vessels.
Coral Princess arrived in Curacao on Saturday, May 16th at 8 A.M. and moored at the Mega Pier Jackie Voges. The vessel is 294 meters long with a weight of 91,627 gross ton. There is a minimum number of 192 crew members on board, none of whom are allowed to disembark. All must remain on board in quarantine for 14 days, after which everyone will be tested by officials from the health department.