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World’s largest cruise ship goes to St. Vincent

Queen Mary 2
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent- This eastern Caribbean nation last month welcomed to its shores the world’s largest cruise ship – Queen Mary 2 – with tourism officials saying the call this season will “make-it- or-break-it for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
 Ahead of the arrival of the vessel, authorities in Kingstown embarked on a virtual “operation clean-up” with vagrants and other socially displaced persons being removed wholesale from the streets and taken to the Mental Health Centre.
 “A lot depends on the product that we offer, the services that we give and the experience the visitors will get when they come to St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Director of Tourism Vida Bernard said. The vessel went to this country just two days after the Christmas celebrations with some 5,728 passengers and a crew of 1,292.
 “We have to show that we can handle a crowd of that magnitude and let the cruise industry know that we are ready to get even more ships in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Minister of Tourism, Glen Beache said.
 “This will depend on how we handle ourselves,” Beache added as he encouraged tourism stakeholders to be ready for the arrival of the vessel. The tourism director appealed to stakeholders to be honest in their dealings with the tourists and not to swindle them.
 “Do it for your country,” she said. “It is important that as Vincentians we give our very best to the visitors when they come.”