A report from The Virgin Islands Consortium suggests possible expansion of Disney Cruise Line’s Eastern Caribbean calls to St. Croix. In 2015, Governor of United States Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp asked Karl Holz to consider including St. Croix to future cruise itineraries.
After Governor Mapp outright asked Holz if Disney Cruise Line had any place for visiting St. Croix. Holz responded by telling Mapp that DCL “has tried St. Croix and there are some issues in terms if it getting ready and being a fully fledged cruise ship destination.”
According to the report, Governor Mapp asked Holz for help pledging his own support to bring cruise traffic to St. Croix. Last January, Holz offer to send a team from Disney to study St. Croix in terms of what the visitor experience is on the island and offer suggestion on what the could be done to improve the guest experience. In addition, the team would assess the viability of St. Croix as a cruise destination.
It was not until March 2015, when Governor Mapp revealed that the Walt Disney Company offered the Government of the Virgin Islands the full portfolio of Walt Disney’s technical support system to help create a destination experience on St. Croix.
On November 15, 2015, a team from Disney arrived in St. Croix. The trip included meetings with local government, private merchants, and taxi and tour operators. The team essentially spent their time in St. Croix as if they were cruise passengers to determine what experiences the island could offer to day visitors arriving via cruise ships. On November 17th the team from Disney promise a comprehensive written report of their findings by mid-February.
In 2009, the Disney Magic sailed a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean itinerary with a stop in St. Croix along with nearby St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.
Hopefully, portions of the St. Croix destination experience assessment will make it to The Virgin Islands Consortium as the results could determine if DCL will return to St. Croix.
Have you visited St. Croix? We’d love to collect your thoughts on the island and if you’d like to visit St. Croix on a future Disney Cruise.