HAL Cancels St. Croix Calls

July 12, 2002

Cruise passengers with a yen to call at St. Croix -- one of the United States Virgin Islands -- are finding it tougher and tougher to find a trip as Holland America becomes the third line to cancel calls there in 2003. Zuiderdam will replace St. Croix with St. Kitts (Oosterdam had one scheduled call in December 2003; it’s been dropped, too). The reason? Security issues, according to a spokesman, same as the others. This spring, Carnival, was the first to abandon St. Croix, cutting it off itineraries for Victory and Triumph in 2003. Later, Norwegian also changed course, sending Norwegian Sky to St. Kitts instead.

That leaves the occasional visit by smaller, yacht-like lines such as SeaDream Yacht Club. The only major relatively regular ship that still has St. Croix on the itinerary is Celebrity’s Constellation, which will include it in winter itineraries; the company maintains it has no plans to cancel those calls.