Basseterre (St Kitts Island)

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2019-06-20 17:30

min: 80 °F (26 °C) / max: 82 °F (28 °C) 81°F
27.3°C
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Min / Max Temperature82 °F / 28 °C
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Basseterre cruise port is Port Zante. The city is capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis - country in the West Indies (Caribbean Sea). Port Zante is located in a bay on the St Kitts Island's southwestern coast. Country's other cruise port is Charlestown (on Nevis Island).

Basseterre (St Kitts Island) cruise port

Basseterre City (population around 13,000) is one of the oldest in the Eastern Caribbean. It was established by France in 1627, under Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc (1585-1637). Port Basseterre is one of Leeward Islands' major commercial seaports.

For season 2015-2016, Port Zante reported a total of 373 cruise ship calls and 913,716 passengers. Season 2016-2017 was a record breaker - with 1,125927 million passengers and 569 ship calls. For season 2017-2018, Port Zante had scheduled 596 ship calls with 1,500993 million passengers.

On January 12, 2017, Saint Kitts Island was visited by 6 cruise liners with total passenger capacity over 16,000. These vessels were RCI-Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, Princess Cruises Regal Princess, AIDA Cruises AIDAluna, Marella Cruises Marella Discovery, and also the mega-yacht SeaDream (docked at Nevis Island).

In 2018 started construction works on Port Zante's new (second) cruise pier (scheduled completion for season 2019). The new dock allows berthing for the world's largest passenger ships (of RCI's Oasis-class).

On July 16, 2018, St Kitts received its 1 millionth cruise passenger with the arrival of Freedom of the Seas. The liner docked in Port Zante at 8 am. The lucky cruiser received free island tour, while all other arriving tourists received complimentary T-shirts.

On December 11, 2018, the cruise port handled world’s largest passenger ship - Symphony of the Seas (LOA length 362 m, max capacity 6370 pax plus 2400 crew). Symphony OTS visited on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from homeport Miami.

08 Dec 16:30Departing from Miami, Florida
11 Dec 09:00 - 18:00Basseterre, St Kitts Island
12 Dec 07:00 - 16:00Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
14 Dec 10:00 - 16:00Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
15 Dec 06:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

For 2018-2019, two other Oasis-class ships (Allure and Harmony) were also included in Port Zante's schedule. The season had all 8 Royal Caribbean liners visiting 85 times.

Basseterre cruise terminal

Cruise ships to St Kitts Island dock (anchor) at Basseterre's Port Zante. Deep Water Harbour (Port Basseterre) is capable of both berthing and anchorage of cruise vessels and cargo ships. It is located to Bay's extreme East.

Basseterre Bay also serves regularly scheduled ferries between Charlestown (Nevis) and Basseterre, with numerous daily crossings. The route is served by 6 ships. Ferry service between Oranjestad (Aruba Island), Statia (Sint Eustatius Island) and Basseterre, as well as to Philipsburg (St Maarten) is also offered, but with irregular crossings.

Port Zante (on the photo below) is located in the centre of the Bay. This pier is only used for docking by cruise ships. Port Zante can accommodate world's largest cruise vessels and also has an yacht marina.

St Kitts Port Zante cruise terminal

On October 6, 2018, was inaugurated the new Basseterre Ferry Terminal (building). The USD 1,4 million project included 6 months of construction works, carried out by Public Works Department and local contractors.

Second (new) cruise ship pier

In September 2016 was announced that by the end of 2016 starts the construction of a new (2nd) cruise pier at Port Zante. The formal agreement for the USD 48 million project was signed in 2015.

St Kitts Port Zante cruise port map

Two independent proposals were presented to the St Kitts and Nevis Government. For the project was contacted the Canadian Commercial Corporation. Before the new pier's construction, during peak season additional cruise ships had to dock at the container terminal in Bird Rock, and all cargo vessels coming into port had to wait before docking - until the cruise liners leave the terminal.

In November 2017, SCASPA (port authority) and Canadian Commercial Corporation signed the contract for the second cruise ship pier construction. Works were scheduled to start in early 2018, with planned completion within 18 months (opening for the 2019 cruising season).

The new docking pier is located west of the old pier and south of the Port Zante marina. For the building project were hired local subcontractors. The new pier allows simultaneous berthing of two Oasis-class vessels, which are currently the world's biggest (LOA length 360 m, GT tonnage 227,000 tons, max capacity 6780 passengers and 2390 crew).

The initial pier design was for only one Oasis-class ship (project cost USD 32 million), but was later lengthened and widened (new project cost USD 48 million). The upgraded design also included larger Amina Craft Market with a dedicated parking area (for taxis and tour buses), as well as a tug boat (for docking assistance).

Basseterre tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Carambola Beach

Port Basseterre cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Basseterre, St Kitts Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
5 June, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fascination08:0017:00
5 June, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAllure Of The Seas08:0017:00
11 June, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineFreedom Of The Seas08:0017:00
12 June, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic07:0017:00
12 June, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fascination08:0017:00
18 June, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas08:0017:00
19 June, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fascination08:0017:00
25 June, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineFreedom Of The Seas08:0021:00
25 June, 2019
Tuesday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Fantasy09:0017:00
26 June, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fascination08:0017:00
26 June, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAllure Of The Seas08:0017:00
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