St Kitts and Nevis is a popular destination for the superyacht industry and can offer visiting crew, guests and owners a range of advantages. Yachting Pages spoke to Serviciz, a leading yacht services company based in St Kitts & Nevis, to find out more about the superyacht industry there.
Can you tell us about the company?
Serviciz was established in 2007 and has developed into a very useful service for the yachting industry here in St. Kitts & Nevis. We provide a full concierge service which includes: Customs clearance, airport meet and greets, provisioning, on-shore excursions, courier services, dinner reservations, fireworks displays and our newest cash-to-captain service. Whatever the request we try our best to satisfy our clients.
How are you different from competitors?
We consider ourselves as professional concierges and are not just in this business providing the kind of service we do simply for money. We believe that all of our clients are special and as a result we continue to provide consistently good service whenever required. That level of consistency and professionalism makes us unique.
What challenges do you face in the superyacht industry?
The biggest challenge that we face at the moment has to do with the fact that we do not have any berthing facilities to accommodate superyachts visiting our island, although that will soon change. I will also say that we were affected somewhat by the recession as we saw a slight decline in superyacht arrivals but that is beginning to turn around.
What are the facilities like in St Kitts & Nevis?
Currently we have two major marinas under construction, one in St. Kitts called Christophe Harbour Development and the other in Nevis under the name Tamarind Cove Marina Development. Both developments are well on their way and might be ready to do limited business at the beginning of 2015.
We do have a small marina in Basseterre called Port Zante that can accommodate yachts of up to 120' (36.5m). Unlike St Kitts, with its current limited berthing space, Nevis on the other hand currently has no marinas, so all yachts are anchored.
Both Christophe Harbour Marina in St Kitts and Tamarind Cove Marina in Nevis will be able to accommodate yachts up to 300' (90m). I most certainly expect the number of yachts to increase when the marinas are completed and we will be seen by the yachting community as a new home for yacht owners.
Can you tell us more about the tourist opportunities?
We have a number of onshore excursions for both crew and guests alike and here are just a list of some of them.
- Full or half island tours
- Rain forest or volcano tours
- ATV bike adventures
- Scuba diving
- Plantation tours
Have you received any strange requests from clients?
The most interesting client request was that we were asked to find a monkey that can become a part of the crew on board a particular yacht.
What’s the largest superyacht you have worked with?
We are the agents for the largest superyacht that visits the island namely 138m M/Y Rising Sun owned by the American David Geffen.