Cruise Passenger Arrivals on the Rise in Antigua and Barbuda

By ,   October 8, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Cruise passenger arrivals continue to rise in Antigua and Barbuda, part of an effort to turn the Eastern Caribbean country into one of the leading cruise players in the region.

According to tourism officials, cruise arrivals in Antigua reached a total of 520,465 through the end of August, a 17,8% growth compared to the same period last year.

Currently, the destination is readying to unveil a 5th major cruise berth in port St John’s, with plans to debut by the middle of 2019, tourism officials revealed at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of Industry conference in Nassau Bahamas.

St Johns (Antigua) cruise port

The port expansion project features the dredging of the main channel, building of a new sea wall, reclamation of land and entire renovation of Heritage Quay area.

When completed, the new berth is due to accommodate even the world's largest cruise ships (Oasis-class liners of Royal Caribbean).