Ship sail

Antigua pleased with recent cruise ship arrivals

Five cruise ships in the port of Antigua this weekend (ACP Photo)

the Antigua Cruise Port (ACP) said on Monday it expected December to be the busiest month after the tourism sector reopened, with 65 cruise ship calls scheduled for the month.

The area had been closed as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID019) and ACP said a notable milestone in December was the arrival of five cruise ships, including the all-new Spirit of Adventure operated by UK- based on Saga Cruises.

“We reopened the cruise port almost five months ago with a very modest restart and we are happy with our performance so far. Saturday was very special for us as the completion of the fifth berth earlier this year allowed us to now be able to receive more ships in port and seeing these five ships perched so beautifully at the cruise port was definitely a captivating sight. ”Said Dona Regis-Prosper, CEO of CAP.

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“Recognizing that we are still in an active pandemic, we continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Wellness in executing protocols to ensure the safety of our guests, service providers and residents. While still not back to 2019 levels, we look forward to a continued growth trajectory. She added.

CAP said next year is also very promising with over 200 bookings to date.

He said that with upgrades to the Heritage Quay shopping center starting by the second quarter of 2022, “this development is expected to increase the commercial and food and beverage footprint of the Antigua cruise port while also increasing entertainment offerings in the destination “.