World`s Largest Cruise Liner Docks In Antigua

Cruise tourism in Antigua and Barbuda got a major boost last week when the Adventure of the Seas, the world`s largest cruise ship, docked at the Heritage Quay Port in St. John`s just a few minutes after 7:00AM.

Port, Customs Officials and curious onlookers were on hand to welcome the ship`s captain and crew as it made its inaugural visit to the country. An official reception is slated for later today.

Adventure of the Seas has been described as a revolutionary marvel of naval engineering, and is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International out of Miami Florida, and brings a whole new world of elegance and class to the cruise industry. The ship`s featured highlights include an Ice Skating Rink; a Royal Promenade; Rock Climbing Wall, a Five Story Theatre and a Ship-Shape Fitness Center, that`s second to none, just to name a few.

The Adventure of the Seas has a passenger capacity of 3, 114; a gross tonnage of 138,000; a length of 1020` a draft of 25` and a cruising speed of 23.7 knots.

The ship will be sailing the Southern Caribbean year-round and is part of the Voyager class of ships.

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Tourism officials here are expressing delight in having the Adventure of the Seas in town with its weekly visits, adding that, this is good news for the country`s cruise tourism product. On January 1 this year, four cruise ships visited the country and brought a total of over 9000 passengers with them.

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