Carnival Cruise Line Will Skip All Antigua Calls

by Daniel McCarthy
Carnival Cruise Line Will Skip All Antigua Calls

Carnival Cruise Line's decision to skip Antigua calls will impact Carnival Breeze sailings. Photo: Benson Truong / Shutterstock.com.


Carnival Cruise Line will not sail to Antigua on upcoming sailings because of “recent developments” on the island that have led the line “to question our sustainability there,” according to a Carnival Corp. statement provided to Travel Market Report.

Carnival previously had Antigua as a scheduled port of call on sailings on its Breeze, Legend, Magic, and Pride.

While it’s not clear what issue drove Carnival to make the decision, a spokesperson told Travel Market Report that the company is “clearly concerned about the direction the government of Antigua has taken in regards to its port, and we have discussions underway with the government to see if we can resolve the issues.”

“Our focus, all along, has been to grow the business for the benefit of Antigua, its business community and our cruise brands and guests. To accomplish this, we need to have competitive pricing and retain our historical berthing capabilities. We look forward to working with the government on these important topics,” the spokesperson said.

The Antigua and Barbuda minister of tourism and investment, Max Fernandez, told Trinidad and Tobago’s Loop news that while the island regrets any loss of business, the total number of passengers impacted would be about 12,200, which “is a relatively small number of the total cruise passengers that visit our country annually.”

Antigua currently has a deal with Global Ports Holding (GPH), the world’s largest cruise port operator, to redevelop its cruise ports. Both Havana and Nassau’s Prince George Wharf have similar deals with GPH.  

  0
  1
Tip of the Day

Something could happen to any of us, the loved ones we travel with, or in this case, to the magnificent marvels put up by those who came before us. So we must travel as far and as often as time and money allow.


Stefanie Katz, The Travel Superhero

Daily Top List

Five Good Reasons to Tell Your Clients About Loyalty Programs

1. Saves money for your clients.

2. Saves time for your corporate clients.

3. Gets all sorts of perks for your clients.

4. Offers enhanced reporting to corporate clients.

5. Provides better service and better client relationships.

Source: TMR.

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=b75eceda-865f-e911-b4aa-782bcb66a2f2

5 Good Reasons to Tell Your Clients About Travel Loyalty Programs

Loyalty programs, also known as frequent buyer programs, have been around for a long time. But you might be surprised to know that many travelers don’t know about them. Here are five good reasons for travel advisors to spread the word to their customers, both leisure and corporate travelers.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Even with Progress Already Made, There’s Still Room for Cruise Industry to Grow
Even with Progress Already Made, There’s Still Room for Cruise Industry to Grow

New players coming into the industry, like Virgin Voyages and Ritz Carlton-Yacht Collection, are raising the bar, forcing legacy players to adapt and change, lifting the industry higher.

Federal Court to Decide on Blocking Carnival Ships from U.S. Ports on June 24
Federal Court to Decide on Blocking Carnival Ships from U.S. Ports on June 24

Carnival Corp. and all its brands will continue to operate its normal cruise schedule.

Tauck Planning Three Itineraries and a New Ship for Douro Debut
Tauck Planning Three Itineraries and a New Ship for Douro Debut

The ship’s capacity could have reached 112 guests, but the line purposely limited it to 84 guests to ensure the highest levels of care and service.

Scenic Eclipse Still on Track for August Debut
Scenic Eclipse Still on Track for August Debut

With 228 guests, the vessel will sail exploration itineraries, including cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Silversea Cruises Showcases Galapagos-Specific Ship Launching in Summer 2020
Silversea Cruises Showcases Galapagos-Specific Ship Launching in Summer 2020

Silver Origin will offer a 1:1.16 crew-to-guest ratio and a 1:10 guide-to-guest ration, which Silversea says is the highest in the region.

American Queen Steamboat Parent Company Plots Expansion to Mexico, Alaska, and Eastern Seaboard
American Queen Steamboat Parent Company Plots Expansion to Mexico, Alaska, and Eastern Seaboard

HMS Global Maritime said it will expand its recently acquired Victory Cruise Lines to more regions next year.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Tropics and Exotics 2020 -2021 Collection