We’ve been keeping you up to speed on the jailed Carnival Cruise passengers that were jailed in Antigua after a scuffle with police, and are currently being held pending trial. Today we find out that Carnival is dropping Antigua from the itinerary – the first change for the Carnival Victory in four years.
Carnival says the change is unrelated to the jailed tourists.
“We have not modified this Southern Caribbean itinerary in the past four years and had a desire to incorporate a new port of call,” said Carnival Cruise Line. “At the same time, St. Maarten holds very strong appeal from a tourism standpoint and we have made a commitment to St. Maarten to support the extensive port and infrastructure development currently underway there.”
While Carnival will still sail to Antigua on other ships, dropping the Victory from the rotation will reduce passenger arrivals by 80% – a big hit to Antigua’s vendors that count on cruise travelers to stay in business.
Source: Cruise Log