Published on : Thursday, March 14, 2019
Carnival Cruise has announced that its fleet will no longer be sailing to the island of Antigua, affecting passengers booked for trips on its Breeze, Legend, Magic and Pride ships as of November 2019.
The representatives for the cruise line told that the decision was made as Antiguan government officials have expressed that they “don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit,” so for the time being the cruise line has decided to focus “on destinations that are more welcoming.”
The president of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association, Nathan Dundas, said the decision will likely lose the island major tourism revenue, Nation News reported Tuesday.
According to the outlet, the Carnival ships were expected to bring in roughly 250,000 tourists through the season. Dundas further divulged that Carnival was not clear regarding exactly why the decision was made, and that he fears what the implications of the cancellation may pose for Antigua in a larger sense.
Government officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate they don’t want cruise lines and the guests to visit so for the time being they are focusing our itineraries on the destinations that is more welcoming. It remains unclear at this time how permanent this decision will be.
Carnival passengers affected by the news will now likely sail to St. Kitt’s and Tortola instead, Cruise Hive reports. According to the State Department’s latest travel advisory update for Antigua and Barbuda, there is currently no outstanding cautionary warning for those islands. Travelers are advised to “exercise normal precautions” when visiting. The news marks the second time that Carnival has made headlines for a big policy change in recent months. Earlier this year, the Florida-based line announced that room service would no longer be complimentary on all ships in its fleet.