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Carnival Cruise Line will not sail to Antigua

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Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the fleet will no longer sail to the island of Antigua, which affects passengers booked for travel on the Wind, the Legend, the Magic and the Pride of ships as of November 2019.

Reps for the cruise line told Fox News that the decision was made as Antiguan officials have indicated that they “don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit,” so for the time being the cruise line has decided to focus “on destinations that are more welcoming.”

The chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association, Nathan Dundas, said that the decision is likely to lose the island’s important tourism revenue, Nation News reported Tuesday.

“Officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate that they don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit, so for the time being we focus our routes on the destinations that are more friendly,” reps for the cruise line, told Fox News.
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“I’m afraid we may see more failures and it is, indeed, reason for concern as these cancellations will have an impact on everyone’s business, the shop owners, tour operators and bars and restaurants, etc,” Dundas said.

According to the outlet, the Carnival ships were expected to bring in about 250,000 tourists through the season.

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Dundas further revealed that the Carnival was not clear about exactly why the choice is made, and that he fears what the consequences of the cancellation forms for Antigua in a broader sense.

“I would not be surprised to see Princess, Holland America, Seabourn and other European Rules to cancel going forward,” he said.

Reps for the cruise line returned to Fox News’ request for comment with the following statement:

“Officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate that they don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit, so for the time being we focus our routes on the destinations that are more welcoming.”

It remains unclear at this time how permanent this decision will be.
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It remains unclear at this time how permanent this decision will be.

As noted by Cruise Hive, Antigua is in the process of closing down a multimillion dollar agreement with Global Ports Holding company of London, which touts itself as ” the world’s largest cruise port operator.”

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Carnival passengers affected by the news will probably sail to St. Kitt’s and Tortola instead, Cruise Hive reports.

According to the State Department’s most recent travel advisory update for Antigua and Barbuda, there is currently no pending warning warning for these islands. Travelers are advised to “exercise normal precautions” when visiting.

The news is the second time Carnival has made headlines for a major change in the policy in the past few months. Earlier this year, the Florida-based line announced that room service is no longer free on all ships in its fleet.

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