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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.
Dodson James, nominee for a position on the U.S. Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission, testifies during Monday’s Rules and Judiciary hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert)

Racing Commission Nominee Dreams of Horse Racing Reemergence

Dodson James has been in the business of horse racing for more than 40 years. During Monday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing he passionately expressed his dreams for what the industry could be in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Delays May Be Over at STT Airport and Blyden Marine Terminal

After two weeks of long lines at Cyril E. King Airport and Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal on St. Thomas, repairs to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening areas have been completed and normal operations will resume Friday.
Passengers crowd into the Cyril E. King Airport Thursday to get the first fights out. (V.I. Port Authority photo)

Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Opening Welcome Center at STT Airport

A welcome center in the Cyril E. King Airport will do just that in preparation for the anticipated grand opening of the U.S. Virgin Islands' largest resort, the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort and Spa on St. Thomas.
Blyden Terminal, St. Thomas (File photo)

Port Authority Working Out Delays at USVI Air, Sea Ports

Delays continue at the St. Thomas airport as Port Authority contractors are still fixing an unexplained environmental issue found during construction, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Yacht Haven Sues WICO in NY, WICO Sues Back in USVI

Yacht Haven USVI sued the West Indian Company on Dec. 4 in the state of New York for $400 million, claiming WICO “conspired” to direct business away from Yacht Haven and toward Havensight Mall. Last week, WICO countersued in V.I. Superior Court.
Carlton Dowe gestures to staff members while Sen. Steven Payne looks on at Monday's meeting. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Parking Fees on VIPA Lot Sparks Contentious Exchange

Carlton Dowe, executive director of Virgin Islands Port Authority, delivered good news and bad news to St. John residents at a town hall meeting held at the Legislative Annex Monday night.
Port Authority board members and staff view presentation on the agency’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Tuesday. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

VIPA Board Told To Expect Rising Revenues

Members of the Port Authority Governing Board were given an overview of the agency’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Tuesday when they convened a special meeting to complete the agenda of the regular, monthly meeting held July 23.

More Cruise Ships Likely to be Turned Away In Coming Year

During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.

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