The Government of Antigua and Barbuda managed to convince Carnival Cruise Lines' executives to reverse the earlier decision to cancel scheduled calls by 4 of their ships to Antigua and Barbuda from November 2019.
This announcement came around a month after the government held the second round of talks with the executives of Carnival regarding the cancellation of calls to St John's.
The first meeting held in Miami FL the week prior had been described as "fruitful." However, no details were given to substantiate the claim. Leading up to the talks, the parties even announced the signing of a non-disclosure agreement, that prevented them from divulging information to the public.
The members who led the negotiations, that presumably saved port revenues from being significantly decreased, were applauded by the Cabinet. The government said the same numbers of visitors were expected to reach the shores of Antigua and Barbuda on Carnival’s ships during 2019-2020 winter season.
According to the weekly post-Cabinet notes, Royal Caribbean should have signed an agreement establishing the dates and frequency of cruise ship calls during 2019-2020 winter season. The government reported that there would be no reductions in ship calls from 2018-2019.