St. Croix, often called “the forgotten Virgin Island,” has come up with a bona-fide unique hook to attract cruise ships: Harbour Night, a festival featuring bands and vendors selling everything from bowls decorated with grasshoppers to rum punches served in coconut to handwoven dolls to shish kebabs.
The kicker? Harbour Night, which takes place every other Wednesday throughout the streets of Fredericksted, at the foot of the cruise ship dock -- is, and you’ll get this from the name, held in the evening. And in one of the more unusual itinerary twists, Carnival Victory, which includes every-other-Wednesday ports-of-call in St. Croix, forsakes the typical glide-off-into-the-sunset cruise departure and sticks around for the event.
Wednesday’s Harbour Night, the first of the 2000-2001 cruise season (which runs through April 1), also attracted passengers from the QE2, making her once-a-year-stop in St. Croix, and sailors from the British naval ship HMS Cardiff.