‘Fans Get Chance To Cruise To CWC Finals’
An interesting article by A. Aisha Browne appeared in Wednesday’s Antigua Sun (see below)
Perhaps Antiguans are not aware that the Barbadian Government (taxpayer) is footing the bill of US$15 million to charter Carnival Destiny.
If each of the 1,321 cabins are filled for the 19 days duration of the charter agreement at an average of US$170 per cabin per night that will return to our Government a princely total of US$4.27 million.
So those booking to travel are actually getting a real bargain subsidised by Barbadian taxpayers.
A Barbadian taxpayer.
Fans get chance to cruise to CWC finals
Wednesday April 11 2007
by A. Aisha Browne
Cricket enthusiasts have been given the opportunity to follow the CWC games while enjoying the luxuries of a Caribbean cruise.
Calling it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for Caribbean residents, President of Antigua & Barbuda’s Cruise Tourism Association Nathan Dundas revealed yesterday that the government of Barbados, in collaboration with the Carnival Destiny has embarked on an initiative whereby fans will have the opportunity of catching the CWC semi-finals in St. Lucia and the finals in Barbados.
The Carnival Destiny which calls to Antigua weekly – on Fridays – has been chartered by the government of Barbados to handle the accommodation needs that were anticipated for the CWC. Dundas explained that since the projected numbers fell significantly short of target, countries which had commissioned the cruise lines as accommodations also suffered considerable loss as they were unable to achieve their desired results. Hence, the joint venture between the cruise line and Barbados. Dundas added that who added that after first taking a flight to Barbados, “Fans will be able to journey between Barbados and St. Lucia by means of the ship sailing between those two ports.
The main incentive according to Dundas is the added luxury of a cruise experience at extremely good rates. These rates, he noted, are a “steal of a deal” and range from US$170 for double occupancy interior rooms to US$505 for the lavish Penthouse Suite. Every third and fourth person will be charged an additional US$40 per person.
Additionally, passengers will not only enjoy the amenities of a cruise ship, but also satellite feed of selected matches and a variety of entertainment to include spectacular Vegas-style production shows.
Another advantage of such initiative Dundas was quick to point out was that many people desirous of taking a cruise have been deterred by the visa requirements.
“Here’s an opportunity especially for those who don’t have a visa and who can afford the airfare as well as the cruise,” he said.
“If it comes to a point where we have enough persons or a lot of interest, then we can look at chartering of flights which will turn out to be much cheaper…the more persons, the lesser the airfare cost,” explained Dundas.
Dundas noted that the government of Antigua & Barbuda has fully endorsed the project and added, “I hope that PM Spencer will be joining us on the cruise along with Minister Harold Lovell…they have given the project the green light.”
… read the entire article at The Antigua Sun (link here)