Today marks another major milestone where St. John’s Harbour welcomed two ships in port. The Celebrity Apex of Celebrity Cruises and AIDA Luna of AIDA Cruises arrived to a resounding reception from Hon. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism & Investment, Mrs. Dona Regis-Prosper, General Manager of Antigua Cruise Port and team members, Ms. Maria Blackman and Mr. Shamoi Richards of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Bryson’s Shipping representatives and the local media respectively.
The Celebrity Apex, which is part of the Celebrity Cruise Line fleet, is on her maiden voyage to the Caribbean with Antigua being one of its first ports of call. AIDA Luna, a German-based brand and part of the Carnival Group, has called at St. John’s Harbour numerous times but made its first call to Antigua since the restart of the cruising industry. Both vessels showcased the continuation of premium cruise vessels to the island despite the challenges of the pandemic.
“We are so happy to welcome these cruise vessels to Antigua,” Mrs. Dona Regis-Prosper said. “And we are confident that the comeback will be much greater than the setback.” She sincerely expressed how much it meant to see the return of cruising and the wonderful benefits that the arrival of these vessels would bestow upon Antigua. Both Ship Captains and crew were receptive to the warm welcome displayed by the island. Sweet steel pan music greeted a combined 2,700 passengers as the cruise vessels berthed at the Heritage Quay pier.
ABOUT ANTIGUA CRUISE PORT
Located İn St. John’s harbor, Antigua Cruise Port is the gateway to the city, serving over 800,000 passengers annually. The port will be redeveloped under the Antigua Cruise Port Development Project through a 30-year lease agreement between the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and Global Ports Holding. The newest pier constructed at the port, which was completed in November 2020, can accommodate Oasis Class vessels, making it possible for the destination to serve as many as 1 million cruise passengers per year. The new port will also have brand-new retail and food and beverage facilities, plus an additional 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial space to be leased to Antiguans and Barbudans.
Antigua Cruise Port launched operations in October 2019. Learn more about Antigua Cruise Port at www.antiguacruiseport.com.
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