According to the Telegraph.co.uk, two cruise lines, Star Clippers and Carnival, have both taken Antigua off their Caribbean itineraries due to the increased crime on the island.
Ten days after the body of American tourist Nina Nilssen was found near Pigeon Beach, Star Clippers decided Antigua was no longer a destination of interest for the company. Now, Star Clipper cruises will stop at Nevis; although they plan to revisit the decision to forgo Antigua next winter.
In January 2010, several Carnival Cruise Line passengers were involved in an altercation with Antiguan police. The incident prompted the cruise line to remove Antigua from its list of destinations.
The Telegraph.co.uk reported, “Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line are among the other cruise lines that stop in Antigua. All are currently operating as normal.”
A warning was sent out by The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to all potential visitors of Antigua, informing them about the increase in crime, including offenses involving guns.
“‘You should take precautions and be vigilant at all times,’ the Foreign Office website says. ‘Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, after dark,’” reported the Telegraph.co.uk
The Telegraph.co.uk also wrote, “Carol Hay, of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, said, ‘Crime is something we sadly all need to consider wherever we are going in the world. It's really too early to consider an impact on bookings. However, I'm pleased to say early indications are that Caribbean bookings for 2010 are strong.’”