May 1, 2002
St. Croix -- the third U.S. Virgin Island -- got a real blow last week when Carnival Corp., which dominated the cruise ship scene there, decided to cancel it as a port-of-call. The culprit? In what could be the establishment of a new precedent, Carnival is pulling ships out of St. Croix due to, according to a spokeswoman, continuing crimes against passengers. That -- and the fact that St. Croix has a much lower profile than sister islands St. Thomas and St. John. Carnival has been mulling the move since at least December, when a handful of passengers had been victims of robbery and assault. Despite stepped-up security at the cruise ship dock in Fredericksted, crimes continued. Carnival Triumph will be the last Carnival ship -- at least for the foreseeable future -- to dock in St. Croix on May 11. By no means, however, does this move foreshadow an abandonment of the U.S. Virgin Islands by Carnival’s itinerary planners. St. Thomas -- the shopping capital of the Caribbean, among other claims-to-fame -- is a solid favorite of passengers as is nearby St. John, an easy day trip from St. Thomas.