St Johns (Antigua)

Cruise Port schedule, live map, terminals, news


Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2019-05-23 11:58

Antigua Port Authority, PO Box 1052, St John’s, Antigua

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St Johns is a port town located in West Indies (Leeward Islands, Caribbean Sea) as well as the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda. Located on Antigua Island's northwestern coast, the town covers land area of approx 10 km2 (4 ml2) and has population around 22,000. St John's is also country's commercial centre and main seaport.

St Johns (Antigua) cruise port

St Johns cruise port has a deep-water harbour and capacity to handle world's largest liners. Major cruise companies (including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, Celebrity, Princess and NCL-Norwegian) use St Johns cruise port as a port of call in their regularly scheduled US-roundtrip itineraries.

The city attracts cruise ship tourists served by the dock in the harbour at Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay. Antigua Rum Distillery (at the Citadel) has annual capacity over 180,000 gallons bottled. Among the other tourist attractions are museums, city skyline (dominated by the baroque St Johns Cathedral), Botanical Garden, St John's Light (port's lighthouse in the harbour), Fort James (at harbor's entrance), Fort Charles, Fort George, Fort Berkeley, Fort Barrington, Fort Shirley, Government House (19th century residence building), large shopping malls and boutiques (selling top-fashion clothing and designer jewelry), natural beauty and premium resorts. World-class celebrities (including Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, Giorgio Armani) own private residents on the island.

Besides tourism, another major industry is investment banking - some of world's largest financial institutions have offices here.

In February 2019, GPH (Global Ports Holding / 2004-founded, UK-based company, world's largest cruise port operator) signed a 30-year exclusive concession deal with Antigua and Barbuda for Antigua cruise port and retail shopping operations. A similar deal GPH signed with Cuba (for Port Havana) in 2018. Part of the deal was that GPH will invest in improving port's current retail shops and construct new retail and food-beverage facilities. GPH also handles cruise vessels anchoring close to Falmouth Harbour.

In mid-March 2019, Carnival Cruise Line updated its website eliminating all scheduled cruises to Antigua (St Johns) from November 2019 onwards. However, in April, Antigua and Barbuda's Government managed to convince Carnival to reverse its decision to cancel all scheduled port calls to Antigua and Barbuda planned for 4 liners (Breeze, Legend, Pride, Magic). Both parties signed a non-disclosure agreement preventing them from divulging information to the public. Carnival's decision would have resulted in heavy losses to island's economy (millions of dollars) and would have affected not only the cruise port but also local tour operators, vendors and other tourism-related businesses.

St Johns cruise terminal

Port Saint Johns Antigua has max capacity of 4 large-sized ships at a time. Most cruise liners are berthed at Heritage Quay pier - the newest and largest of the two quays. When the port has scheduled more than 4 vessels at a time, some of the ships are berthed at Deep Water Harbour Terminal. This facility is located approx 1,5 km (1 ml) from downtown. Sometimes, smaller-sized ships anchor at English Harbour (on the island's southern coast).

St Johns (Antigua) cruise port

In 2018 was announced a port expansion project that includes dredging the main shipping channel, building a new seawall (harbour defence structure), new cruise berth, land reclamation and renovation of the entire Heritage Quay area.

Heritage Quay

The 2-story cruise terminal building has numerous duty-free shops selling electronics, jewelery, liquors, tobaccos / cigars, designer clothing and watches, local music, fine china and crystal, cosmetics, perfumes, sport equipment, swimwear. Shopping is easy as there are no restrictions once you proof your travel status.

At the Heritage Quay terminal there are also specialty restaurants and bars. Heritage Quay's last renovation was in December 2006.

Redliffe Quay

The second St Johns port's cruise ship terminal is located at one of town's oldest parts, dating back from the 17th century. The docking area used to be among the busiest Caribbean trading centers in the 18th century. The Redliffe Quay terminal has boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants.

St Johns tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Beaches: Antigua is famous with the fact that there are 365 beaches – a different one for each day of the year.
  • St John’ Cathedral: major landmark. It dates from 1683 when it was just a wooden structure. It was rebuilt several times since than. Now it is stunning building with impressive Baroque towers.
  • Museum of Antigua and Barbuda: explore the islands’ history. Located at Long Street.
  • Nelson’s Dockyard National Park: tour the area. You can also visit the Dockyard Museum and the Admiral’s House Museum. Another landmark of the park is the Clarence House.
  • Fig Tree Drive: if you have more time, you should definitely try it. The drive follows the southern coast of Antigua and you can enjoy the amazing local live going through fishing villages, farmlands or beautiful rainforest. ”Fig” is the local name for banana tree.

Port St Johns cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from St Johns, Antigua. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

1 May, 2019
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Explorer07:0018:00
12 May, 2019
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAdventure Of The Seas08:0017:00
15 May, 2019
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineFreedom Of The Seas08:0017:00
29 May, 2019
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineFreedom Of The Seas08:0017:00

The St Johns cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near St Johns, Antigua.

If you lose the St Johns location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.

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