Cruise vessels still calling on Antigua

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A warm welcome extended to visitors to Antigua

The nation’s main ports of call (Heritage and Redcliffe Quays) played host to four cruise vessels today  transforming St John’s into a hub of tourist activity.

Two of the four vessels were welcomed by Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism and Cruise Authorities after they diverted from hurricane struck St Maarten which suffered major infrastructural damage.

“This inaugural marks a special occasion to the cruise sector of our country for it means that our tourism product is being enhanced, our culture and local heritage is being experienced and our hospitality welcomed,” remarked acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Mrs Marvo Newton-Richards, during an official welcome ceremony on board the Mein Schiff 6.

“Although we definitely do not revel in our neighbours’ misfortunes, we are cognizant of the fact that it takes a breath-taking experience for a visitor to give a pleasant referral and that is what we aim to accomplish in the quest to keep our cruise industry buoyant,” Mrs Richards continued.

Captain of the Mein Schiff 6 Kjell Holm, remarked his pleasure in berthing at the Heritage Quay Pier on this occasion as he has captained all previous Mein Schiff vessels on their inaugural calls into Antigua and Barbuda . He noted that for him English Harbour is the best port in the Caribbean!

A plaque exchange ceremony took place between the officials representing the Ministry of Tourism, Bryson’s Shipping (Agents), as well as the Immigration Department.

Independence of the Seas also took berth at Heritage Quay as a diversion from St. Maarten.

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