Antigua and Barbuda is investing some US$95 million in port expansion during the course of this year, as the two-island state builds out its cruise port facilities.
Cruise port operator, Global Ports Holding (GPH), plans to invest USD$50 million across the year to expand Antigua and Barbuda’s cruise terminal. This is in addition to the US$45 million GPH is already spending on enhancements to the cruise port.
CEO of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, who made the announcement said GPH’s investment will be spent on port projects including the construction of a sea wall, land reclamation, dredging of the main channel and St John’s Heritage Quay area renovations. Antigua is also currently working on a fifth cruise berth at St John’s, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2020-2021 cruise season.
“Featuring regional fare, island-style BBQs, live music, along with thrills such as jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkelling, and a family splash pad, the beach club will make for an unforgettable day at the beach.”– Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is also investing in a new “Royal Beach Club” project, scheduled to open in 2021 at Fort James, Antigua. The multi-million-dollar beach project will be used to develop 805m of beach near Fort James, at the entrance to the St John Harbour.
The beach project is expected to generate US$80 million in direct government revenue, with an estimated US$1 billion in indirect revenue over the next 30 decades. In the meantime cruise ship operator, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has signed an agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for first Royal Beach Club on the island.
The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year. The resort will be exclusive for guests of Royal Caribbean. The Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of pristine beachfront and combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities.
According to a news release from Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, “the ultimate beach club experience will offer guests exceptional views from private cabanas and a stunning pool with a swim-up bar, complemented by locally inspired experiences. Featuring regional fare, island-style BBQs, live music, along with thrills such as jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkelling, and a family splash pad, the beach club will make for an unforgettable day at the beach.
“The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. The cruise line has committed to bringing Symphony of the Seas to the island nation with a call on November 3, 2020.
Docking at the island capital of St John’s, guests on board Symphony will have the opportunity “to experience the rich culture and heritage of the island, delectable delicacies and some of the world’s best beaches”.