Cruise Line Services Suspended Due To COVID-19 Pandemic


On March 13, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that several major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, and MSC, will voluntarily suspend sailing operations to and from U.S. ports for 30 days due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Disney also suspended its sailings through to the end of March 2020. Most ships at sea will continue with theiritineraries as planned as these cruise lines are prepared to temporarily suspend North American service.

Many European cruise line brands including TUI, Costa, Aida, P&O, and Marella Cruises, have also suspended operations for a period or have made significant changes to their itineraries.

We anticipate that some cruise lines may request to berth ships at Antigua Cruise Port during the suspension period. Should these opportunities arise, we will contact the relevant local authorities for their advice.

We have been and remain in constant communication with the major cruise lines, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), various government ministries, retail tenants, tour guides, taxi drivers, and other key stakeholders as this situation unfolds.

Our cruise line partners have undertaken extraordinary measures to safeguard their crew, passengers, shareholders, and other stakeholders, and we have and will continue to benefit from their efforts. We support their difficult decision to temporarily suspend sailing amid this global public health crisis. Everyone’s health and safety are our paramount concern.  

Over the next few weeks, we will review our health and safety protocols in anticipation of the resumption of cruise visits to Antiguaand to improve the safety of the port environment. This review will support enhancements that have already been implemented, such as increasing the frequency and intensity of our already vigorous cleaning and sanitizing process, the installation of additional handwashing sinks for retail tenants and passengers, and increased signage to promote good personal hygiene habits throughout the port facility.

We are committed to the health of our passengers, employees, port stakeholders, the entire Antiguan & Barbudan community, and theglobal communities as we navigate this challenging situation.

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