The largest independent cruise port operator in the world, Global Ports Holding Plc, announced that it commences cruise port operations in Antigua. The news follows the signing of an agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on February 1, 2019.
Antigua is a tourist destination featuring access to key cruise itineraries. It's the potential highlight of Southern, Deep Southern cruise itineraries and transatlantic routes. Serving predominantly as a transit port, it also has the opportunity for turnaround cruise operations, mainly for European brands.
GPH and its partners revealed they are committed to financing the completion of the brand new pier in St. John’s that will be able to berth the largest, 5,000+ passenger ships in the cruise industry. This will allow the cruise port to handle the largest cruise ships in the world.
Last year, Antigua hosted nearly 800,000 cruise passengers. The addition of Antigua Cruise Port to the portfolio of GPH is expected to increase the total passenger volumes for next year to close to 13M.
GPH is due to invest in improving and adding to the retail facilities of the port, with an expected initial investment in the first year of operation of US$45-50 million.