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P&O Cruises' Arvia begins homeporting in Antigua

A grand fireworks display bid farewell to Arvia on its maiden call to Antigua Cruise Port. The ship will be turning around at St. John's every other week
P&O Cruises' Arvia began a season of homeporting in Antigua on Saturday with its first call to St. John's.

It is the largest cruise vessel ever to visit Antigua. The Excel-class ship has capacity for 5,200 passengers and 1,800 crew.

Welcome and farewell festiviies

Antigua Cruise Port welcomed the ship to its fifth berth with a water cannon salute and a short pierside ceremony. GM Dona Regis-Prosper exchanged plaques with Arvia Capt. Paul Brown who said he has seen many changes to Antigua’s cruise business in his 32-year career.

'We really do appreciate all the work that you have done to accommodate these larger vessels,' he added.

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez also thanked Antigua Cruise Port for facilitating Arvia’s arrival.

Concerted effort

Regis Prosper said the successful turnaround was a concerted effort with the Ministry of Tourism, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority, Customs & Excise Division and the Immigration Department.

Fireworks bid farewell to the vessel. 

Arvia will be calling every other Saturday until March 11 and is scheduled to return for more homeporting operations in November.