PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management and Staff laid the annual traditional wreath at the statue of the late Dr. Claude Wathey in front of the Cruise Terminal Building on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
The country’s seaport – Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility – is named after Wathey who oversaw the economic transformation of the country over a 40-year period.
Over the four decades, Wathey’s vision transformed St. Maarten into a prosperous tourism destination. Since then, tourism continues to be the mainstay whereby the island maintains a competitive position within the Caribbean Basin.
Wathey’s legacy is celebrated at Port St. Maarten every July 24th that bears his name, the port continues to be proactive during this phase of cruise industry resumption ‘return to sail,’ and is making extra strides to ensure the rebound of cruise tourism reminiscent of the destinations pioneer.
On Wednesday, July 28, Port St. Maarten will be catering to two transit cruise vessels in port on the same day, a welcome scene not seen since before the pandemic. One of the vessels includes the first port call of Celebrity Equinox.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Members of the Management Team along with staff at the statue of the late Dr. Claude Watheyin observance of his 95th birthday.