Antigua and Barbuda welcomes 50,794 passengers after a long pause due to COVID-19

After facing a continuous decline in the tourism sector due to the global pandemic, Antigua and Barbuda's cruise sector has again taken a pace.

Antigua and Barbuda welcomes 50,794 passengers after a long pause due to COVID-19

After facing a continuous decline in the tourism sector due to the global pandemic, Antigua and Barbuda’s cruise sector has again taken a pace.
The cruise sector has suddenly jumped to skyrocketing heights.

As per the information released by the ministry of tourism, in January this year, around 64 ships have reached one of the seven berths, carrying about 50,794 passengers. During this time, January 19 marked the arrival of the highest number of passengers, which is 2039, from Carnival Magic.

The sudden increase in the number of arrivals has brought a surprising situation to the island, as the company earlier announced that it would get back on the water during March 31 and mid-May 2022.

As per the statement released by Colin James, CEO of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, it was noted that just 176 cruise calls were scheduled for the first three months of 2022. He further added that the authority had anticipated more growth in mid-2022.

CEO James further added that, “Antigua and Barbuda is already excited to work with these cruise lines as they would provide us with the advantage of providing a safe venue and safe destination for the passengers of the nation.”

Meanwhile, the authorities have ensured the staff on board for regular RTPCR testing as well as to be fully vaccinated to protect themselves against the contagious mutants.

The cruise tourism sector plays an essential role in driving the nation’s economy towards a positive side.