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The Frederiksted Pier, called by locals 'the longest recreational swim pier in the world.' (Don Buchanan photo)

Gov. Bryan: St. Croix ‘Probably Will Get Cruise Ship Passengers This Year’

St. Croix will "probably get cruise ship passengers this year,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. told the Public Finance Authority board of directors at the board's meeting on Wednesday.

Department of Tourism is Livestreaming ‘1 Night, 1 Fete’ Friday

A musical celebration, "1 Night, 1 Fete," which is being held Friday at the West Indian Company Ltd. dock on St. Thomas, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. AST.
A cruise ship docks at the WICO dock on St. Thomas. During the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic the sight of cruise ships at the pier has become a memory. (Shutterstock)

WICO Says There is No Green Light on Cruise Ships Returning Just Yet

The West Indian Company Limited board of directors made it clear on Thursday that no green light has been issued for ships to return to the territory this summer. Royal Caribbean said it's planning to sail on June 12. WICO board urges patience.

State of the Territory is ‘Resurgent;’ Bryan Looks to Future With Hope

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the V.I. looks toward the next year with renewed hope brought on by increasing tax revenues, new economic development projects and growth in the marine, tech and agriculture industries.

WICO Board: V.I. Might Not See a Cruise Ship this Year

The U.S. Virgin Islands has not seen a cruise ship since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and might not see another this year, the West Indian Company Ltd. board was told at its Friday meeting.

WICO Seeks to Diversify in Effort to Stay Afloat

The West Indian Company Ltd. cannot sit idly by while cruise lines resolve how to resume sailing amid a raging pandemic and federal restrictions that have sidelined the industry since March, WICO board members said on Wednesday.

Longtime Civil Servant Conrad ‘Ricky’ Francois II Passes Away

Conrad "Ricky" Francois II, who headed several V.I. government agencies over a long career before becoming a member of the West Indian Company Board in retirement, has passed away.

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.

All Cruise Lines Hit Pause, Inflicting Blow to USVI Economy

Days after the new coronavirus epidemic led both Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises to halt all cruise operations until May, all other cruise lines have followed suit.
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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