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Jan. 27, 2004 – Eight cruise ships are scheduled to call at St. Thomas on Wednesday, carrying some 16,000 passengers plus thousand more crew, and for the occasion the portion of Main Street in the shopping district will again be closed to vehicular traffic to create a pedestrian mall.
Between Emancipation Garden and Rothschild Francis "Market" Square, the street will be off limits to motorists between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. — as was the case on Saturday when the Queen Mary 2, on its maiden voyage, made its first call in U.S. waters.
According to The West Indian Co., Wednesday's schedule calls for visits by the Costa Atlantica, Disney Magic, Explorer of the Seas, Golden Princess, Maasdam, Norwegian Dawn, Sunbird and Zaandam.
The Magic will anchor in the inner harbor and the Dawn, Maasdam and Sunbird will be in the outer harbor. The Zaandam will be berthed in Crown Bay and the other three ships will be tied up at the West Indian Co. dock.
The only other time this season that eight ships are scheduled to visit St. Thomas is on Feb. 11.
The Police, Public Works and Tourism Departments are "preparing to handle the large crowds expected" on Wednesday, James O'Bryan, St. Thomas and Water Island administrator, said in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.

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