Today is likely to be a busy day for stakeholders in the tourism sector as approximately 4 thousand passengers will be docking at the St. John’s Port on the largest Carnival cruise line vessel.
The Carnival Vista, which is one of the second largest vessels calling into to Antigua.
Nathan Dundas, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association said that there are a number of cultural events planned out to welcome the vessel and its passengers.
“There’s gonna be a celebration of sort such as dancers, decorations, steel bands and as much as we can to ensure that we give the passengers the best experience possible and a good departure in the evening,” he said.
Dundas, who speaking during an interview on state owned media said that the original plan was to have the vessel dock at the new heritage quay pier. He said nonetheless, preparations were made to accommodate it at the Nevis pier.
The president said that the aim is to win over the Carnival cruise line in order to secure additional calls.
“We want to woo Carnival to come back, we miss the Carnival ships that used to come on weekly basis and we are hoping to get them back by putting out their best,” he dded.