Norwegian Star makes inaugural call to St. Maarten

POSTED: 04/23/12 8:35 PM

St. Maarten – Cruise ship Norwegian Star made its inaugural call on Sunday as it repositions from Florida to New York and later to Europe. It was one of six cruise ships in port making it a very busy day in port and in Philipsburg on the day of the annual Children’s Carnival Parade.

Norwegian Star Captain Konstantinos Fafalios was impressed with Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities and its developments. He had first visited the country in 1987 as first mate aboard S.S. Americanus.

A delegation from St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies, consisting of CEO Mark Mingo, CFO Ton van Kooten and supervisory board member Renald Williams met with the captain and other ship’s officials aboard the vessel for the traditional plaque exchange ceremony.

The captain was impressed with the plaque from the harbour group featuring an aerial view of Norwegian Star just after she came into port in the morning.

St. Maarten is “one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean,” the captain said, adding that it would be nice if the ship made regular calls here next season.

Van Kooten and Williams answered questions from the captain and staff captain Martin Holmqvist about the destination and the operations of the harbour group especially about the fuel bunking of several vessels in port.

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