Over ten thousand visitors arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday, as the Antigua Cruise Port (ACP), has once again hosted six vessels simultaneously.
Five of the visiting ships – Seabourn Quest, AIDA-Diva, Marella Discovery, Costa Pacifica and Celebrity Millennium – were docked in St. John’s Harbour, while Royal Clipper, was anchored at the Falmouth Harbour. The combined number visiting from the ships, total 10,911 passengers and crew.
ACP General Manager Dona Regis-Prosper said, “We are happy to see this growth in the sector. The rebound of cruise tourism is being felt by industry stakeholders.” She said the benefits are both economic and social.
On Tuesday, the Old Road Primary School, Grades 5 and 6 students and their principal Ryona Joseph toured AIDA-Diva. Grade 6 student, Anthony Edwards said, “It was like I was a tourist coming from a different country to Antigua.”
The students were able to learn a few words in German and facts about the ship. The principal said of the initiative, “I do hope that this will continue.”
Three groups of primary school students have toured AIDA vessels for the year. The tours are a social outreach partnership between the cruise line and the Antigua Cruise Port.