Antigua welcomes 7 cruise ships in port


— It is a historical day for Antigua Cruise Port with 7 ships in port! Today, February 08, 2022, signals the highest single day arrival not only since the commencement of Antigua Cruise Port, but in the history of Antigua and Barbuda.

Grandeur of the Seas of Royal Caribbean International, Britannia of P&O Cruises, Norwegian Epic of Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Mein Schiff 2 of TUI Cruises and Celebrity Equinox of Celebrity Cruises were collectively docked at the Nevis Pier, Heritage Quay Pier and the new fifth berth, while Star Legend of Windstar Cruises and Royal Clipper were berthed at Falmouth Harbour. The cruise calls combined for a total of 5,405 passengers. This special day has been preceded by countless 5-ship days and therefore this 7-ship day is significant in our history.

“Today is historical for Antigua and Barbuda as we are able to accommodate 5 ships in the St. John’s Harbour and 2 ships at Falmouth,” said Mr. Rawle Reynolds, Operations Manager – Pier Services. “It shows that the cruise lines have not selected us by chance but have confidence in us as a destination. We have meticulously planned our port-side welcome to provide a superior guest experience and through collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment we ensure that all protocols are in place and adhered to.”

“Tour operators, taxi drivers, restaurants, shops, vendors, ship provisioners and suppliers would all benefit from today’s ship calls,” Mr. Reynolds continued. “Although the season started very modestly, it has greatly accelerated. Since our vaccination rate is commendable and our health protocols are strongly observed, these are amongst the reasons why we would be the destination of choice.”

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  1. Regardless of which political party one belongs, this is a proud day for Antigua. As Antiguans we need to position ourselves and benefit from this advancement. The politicians are all positioning themselves and their families to secure themselves. Now yesterday I drove up market street and was surprised how the gutters were overgrown with bushes . St. John’s development concentrate on these issues and leave our farmers alone. Our farmers should be allowed to sell on market street on Fridays and Saturdays. They cannot drop off all their produce at the supermarkets like Peres village farm.
    We need to teach our children to come and owe. We are seeing too much white faces in the tourism and service industry. Some of them don’t worth a grain of salt. Guess that is why our young people are bleaching so much. Whites are being paid higher salaries with less qualifications. Again the white people are supporting each other, while our people are fighting against each other.
    It’s time to look at the work permits we are signing. They come to work at a particular hotel and then they start moving around and replacing Antiguan in Jobs they are not qualified for. Whites are supporting whites so Antiguans bond together and get rid of thieving politicians.

    • @Frankly Speaking
      I found your remarks interesting…
      White supporting white shouldn’t be a new or novel idea. Why aren’t blacks supporting blacks?

      Ideally, I’d like to see people supporting people. We need to forget RED / BLUE and Black/ White divisions and instead we should focus on the things that unite us. There are many more things that unite us then there are things that divides us! We shouldn’t allow ourselves to fall for the stupid tricks used to divide and conquer the people. That just allows the power elites to control our lives.

  2. Nice. Now its up to to the vendors, shop owners, taxidrivers et al to present a product/service that is of good quality to the visitors.

  3. I am so sorry that they came at half capacity. I am sorry that the vendors, the taxi drivers, and shop owners did not do brisk business. I am sorry that the Global Ports head tax will not benefit the treasury.

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