Carnival Cruise Lines pulls out of Antigua

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Carnival Cruise Lines has announced it is cancelling all scheduled calls to Antigua effective March 13, President of the cruise association Nathan Dundas has announced.

The announcement comes two weeks after Prime Minister Gaston Browne accused the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association of exploiting the region.

The cruise line did not give a reason for its decision.

“So all four ships booked commencing next season November 2019 to 2020 – Breeze, Magic, Legend and Pride will be going to other ports,” Dundas said.

Dundas has warned of even more cancellations.

He said, “I am afraid that we may see more cancellations and it is indeed cause for concern as these cancellations will impact everyone, businesses from store owners to tour operators and bars and restaurants etc.”

“Once Carnival has started the cancellation, unfortunately, I expect to see cancellations from all of its brands. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Princess, Holland America, Seabourne and other European lines making cancellations going forward.”

Two weeks ago Antigua signed a US$ 80 million agreement with Global Ports for the management of cruise facilities for 30 years.