Over two thousand passengers arrived in Antigua and Barbuda Monday on the Disney Magic. The vessel returned to Antigua Cruise Port for the first time in the year
The Norwegian Getaway was also docked at Heritage Quay with over four thousand passengers onboard, according to cruise officials.
According to cruise officials, the two vessels berthed at the cruise port during the summer season is a sign of the positive change in the cruise sector “as recent previous seasons have been inactive because of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Taxi driver Alwyn Daniel said Heritage Quay was vibrant with visitors, taxi drivers, and vendors, saying “Today [Monday] is a good day for the taxi drivers, the vendors, and everybody.”
Meanwhile, Jessica Russel, Antigua Cruise Port’s Leasing & Marketing Officer said, “It’s great to have two vessels here even after our busiest period would have ended. With tourism being our main industry, we want to ensure that we get the most out of it and move beyond the limitations of what is expected during the summer season; so, we’re glad to have Disney Magic and Norwegian Getaway here.”
Vernon “Goldie” Griffith, who plays the banjo in the quay, said he felt encouraged by the vessels berthing in St. John’s.
Another one of Disney Cruises’ vessels, Disney Fantasy will make a call to the island on July 19.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky will visit Antigua multiple times from June to August.