Economy & Business - February 2024

REGION: Mixed reaction to Icon of the Seas

The world’s largest – and brand new – passenger cruise ship, the ‘Icon of the Seas’ set out from Miami on 27 January for a seven-night maiden tour of the eastern Caribbean taking in St Thomas and St Kitts & Nevis. The launch celebrations included the presence of the now Miami-based Argentine footballer Lionel Messi. Despite the razzamatazz, opinions are divided over whether the ‘Icon’ and other big ships are a good or a bad thing for Caribbean tourism.

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