GUADELOUPE FERRY BRINGS OVER 400 PASSENGERS TO ANTIGUA CRUISE PORT
St. John’s, Antigua, April 25, 2023 — L’Express des Îles ferry arrived at the Nevis Street Pier on Saturday bringing 427 passengers from Guadeloupe to Antigua Cruise Port.
The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Antigua & Barbuda Festivals Commission and Antigua Cruise Port welcomed the visitors along the pier with a cultural show inclusive of steel pan music, dancers, and traditional characters.
The passengers were also given flyers promoting Antigua’s Carnival, which is July 27- August 8. Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Director for the Caribbean & Latin American Markets, Charmaine Spencer said, “Our biggest draw for the summer would be Antigua’s Carnival and we are encouraging these visitors to come back.” She also said, “It (the ferry) is a great way for us to build our interregional travel and tourism.”
Antigua Cruise Port General Manager, Dona Regis- Prosper said, “With our increased port capacity and focus on service quality, we can now accommodate more ferries. We are pleased to partner with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Festivals Commission in creating the initial port-side welcome and look forward to future calls. As the Cruise Port Operator, we are always looking for ways to increase visitation to Antigua via the cruise port. We believe that ferries present an excellent option for interregional travel that can positively impact the port and destination.”
L’Express des Îles currently transports passengers embarking in Guadeloupe for chartered day trips.
The vessel has already been fully booked for its return to Antigua on May 18. The ferry will also visit in July and December.
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Could arrangements be made for the ferry to take Antiguans to Guadeloupe. A lot of Antiguans I am sure would like to visit.
Years ago there was an exchange program in place among the schools between those French islands& Antigua. Has that program become extinct?
Just as how we have interest in having LIAT as our local air transport to go island hopping, similarly we can have in place a ferry as an alternative means of transportation that can take passengers from island to island by sea.
Can Antiguans take the ferry back to Guadeloupe? There are a lot of cheap fares to Europe so we don’t have to go through London.
International tourists travel between the islands all the time on boats…ok…ships. The obvious difference is the size but the question remains, why can’t we just get bigger boats? We must have more residents than tourists.
Many years ago,I had a friend from Guadeloupe. She would come to Antigua on Air France every August for Carnival. Back then we really had fun in Antigua without looking over our shoulders. I wondered if those days would ever return.
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