St Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands is already a popular destination for cruise ships but the Caribbean port now plans on building a pier for even larger ships.
The new development is knows as The Long Bay Landing Project and its aim is to cater for the newer larger ships now being built including the worlds largest Oasis class vessels.
The pier will be located near the West Indian Company, Limited (WICO) dock and just minutes away from the busy Havensight dock which can already berth three cruise ships. There is also another dock in St Thomas called Crown Bay and that can already hold larger cruise ships but is located on the other side of the Harbor.
According to the projects site “the entire new marine facility will have two parallel berths divided by a pier. Each berth is approximately 1,350 feet long consisting of a main structure of approximately 1,100 feet in length by 66 feet wide.” There already plenty of local shops that are already used by cruise ship passengers and crew members so the new pier will benefit these local businesses. Additional shops and venues will also open up with the new pier.
The new development will keep St Thomas competitive within the cruise market. St Marten has become a rising port of call in the region and gets visits from the worlds largest cruise ships. There is also an expansion underway in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands along with talk of improving Antigua.
No details have been released yet of dates but Cruise Hive will keep readers informed on The Long Bay Landing Project.
Photos By: Long Bay Landing Project