P&O Cruises aids ravaged St Lucia in first cruise ship call to the island

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P&O Cruises Oceana became the first cruise ship to call at St Lucia since Tropical Storm Tomas ravaged the island.

Oceana docked yesterday (Sunday) in the port of Castries just ahead of Holland America Line’s Noordam.

Oceana’s captain, Mark Symonds was met by St Lucia’s Prime Minister Stephenson King and tourism minister Allen Chastanet as he presented donations to the local Red Cross, including two pallets of mineral water, biscuits, mattresses and furniture.

Prime Minister King has accepted an offer of a tour of the ship and lunch on Tuesday when Oceana next returns to the island. He will be accompanied by the Prime Minister of Grenada who is visiting St Lucia that day.

The Prime Minister reported that TS Tomas has “wiped out” agriculture and destroyed 100% of the island’s banana crop.

The town of Soufriere was the hardest hit although roads are expected to reopen soon.

Water supply remains a big problem but suppliers are due to return to normal by Wednesday.

All the usual tourist and duty free shops have opened for cruise ship visits, and the majority of shore excursions including Dolphin Watch, St Lucia Ziplining, Piton’s pleasure cruise and the aerial tram are operating as normal.