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.
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.
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.
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.
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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