Meyers: “A job well done” on operation Carnival Dream

POSTED: 03/19/13 12:36 AM

St. Maarten – “I would like to take this opportunity to commend all those public and private sector agencies that were involved in Operation Carnival Dream,” United People (UP) Party interim faction leader Sylvia Meyers said in a press release yesterday.

The MP expressed her gratitude to all who worked hard the past weekend to transfer the stranded passengers to the airport. “From the personnel of Carnival Cruise Lines, the management and staff of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), the vendors at the airport, the police, tour bus operators, private taxis, the St. Maarten Port Authority and government agencies, for a job well done in taking care of the Carnival Dream cruise passengers and crew from when the cruise ship developed problems early Thursday morning,” the MP continued in her statement.

Public and private sectors rallied to the cause when the Carnival Dream developed a technical issue with the ship’s back-up emergency diesel generator on Wednesday.

“Cruise passengers were flown out on Friday, Saturday and yesterday back to the US, and from reports that I have received, the entire operation went well,” the MP stated.

“Over a period of four days the country has received tremendous media coverage and this should lead to additional visitors to the island over the mid to long-term.”

Cruise passengers have indicated that they will come back as a stay-over visitor as well, so all in all, what appeared to be a very bleak negative situation has turned out to be a positive opportunity for the country’s tourism sector,” Meyers said.

“Congratulations to the people of St. Maarten for stepping up to the plate once again,” Meyers conclcuded.


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