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The Frederiksted cruise ship pier was named in honor of Ann E. Richards, who died Saturday. (Shutterstock image)

Cruise Ship No-Sail Order Extended Through September

Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of a No-Sail Order for cruise ships through Sept. 30.

Long Bay Landing Project in Jeopardy

Plans for a third cruise ship dock on St. Thomas, which would create the berthing area to dock two Oasis-class ships, are being threatened by ongoing lawsuits and the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry.

Cruise Line Offers Territory Floating Hospital and Hotel

The Virgin Islands may see its first floating hotel operation in the harbor of St. Thomas courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa, who has offered to temporarily supply a ship to help boost tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.
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Pandemic Economics: How bad Is It?

When asked to estimate the impact of the novel coronavirus on the V.I. government’s revenues, Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Joel Lee said they could not give a firm projection “because this has never happened before.”
An empty runway at the Cyril E. King Airport will be a common sight in upcoming months as airlines reduce their number of flights. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

COVID-19 Slashes Port Authority’s Marine and Aviation Revenue

The additional 100 day “No Sail” order put out by the Centers for Disease Control, in combination with airlines pulling flights from their schedules, has impacted the Virgin Islands Port Authority.
A test vial for the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

First USVI Case of New Coronavirus Confirmed Friday

The V.I. government confirmed the first Virgin Islands case of the new COVID-19 coronavirus that is rapidly spreading around the world.

*Updated and Expanded* Bryan Declares State of Emergency, Cancels STX St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Gov. Albert Bryan announced Friday he has declare a state of emergency and canceled Saturday's St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Coronavirus Impacts: Princess, Viking Cruise Lines Pause Operations

The coronavirus pandemic led both Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises to halt all cruise operations until May, which means several cancellations to the U.S. Virgin Islands representing several million dollars in lost revenue for businesses.

USVI Turns Away Royal Caribbean Ship but Allows Injured Passenger

The Port Authority confirmed that the U.S. Coast Guard denied Royal Caribbean’s 2,446 passenger Grandeur of the Seas’ request to berth at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas on Thursday.
The Havensight Mall entrance. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

WICO Laying Off Staff Prior to GERS Takeover of Havensight

The West Indian Co., Ltd. informed employees Tuesday that a significant portion of its staff would be laid off in the coming weeks and continuing through April as it prepares for the expiration of its agreement to manage Havensight Mall.

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