Cruise tourism officials are looking forward to a productive 2015/2016 winter season which will see “for the first time” a large number of inaugural calls from new ships visiting the twin island destination.
Five new vessels are expected to call, during the season which begins in November.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association Nathan Dundas said the country will benefit from the merger of Costa and Aida cruises, which will result in two new ships AIDAmar and Costa Favalosa making their inaugural calls.
A larger Mein Schiff 3, will also be docking in the St John’s Harbour on November 11 with 2,500 passengers.
“Carnival-UK’s new vessel, Britannia will make its inaugural call on November 17, returning every two weeks with 3,600 passengers for 12 calls in total for the upcoming season. For the first time, we will also be receiving the Viking River Cruises which will be making its inaugural call to Antigua, and we look forward to receiving this larger 937- passenger vessel which is coming to the Caribbean for the first time,” Dundas said in an interview.
The new business is as a result of the country’s recent participation at the Seatrade Convention in Europe – the largest gathering of cruise tourism officials in Europe.
Dundas said the local delegation was provided with a unique opportunity to meet and negotiate with European cruise partners.
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