Cruise Line Cuts Antigua Calls After Passenger Murder
February 1, 2010
(11 a.m. EST) -- Ten days after a Star Clippers passenger was murdered while ashore in Antigua, the cruise line has announced that it will cancel the rest of this season's calls there in light of the incident.
The island of Nevis will replace Antigua stops on the five remaining Royal Clipper Windward Island itineraries this season, starting with its previously scheduled February 2 call through April 10, when the ship repositions to Malaga, Spain.
A decision about next season's itineraries, which kick off in November, has not yet been made.
"Star Clippers has called at Antigua for many years without incident, and with its long sailing and yacht history, the island has always been a popular destination with our guests," Mikael Krafft, CEO of Star Clippers, is quoted as saying in a prepared statement. "We are taking this decision after much deliberation, and we will continue to monitor the security situation in Antigua and evaluate our options for next winter season regarding returning to the island."
The murder of 29-year-old Nina Elisabeth Nilssen, whose body was discovered on a secluded trail at Windward Bay, near Pigeon Point Beach, marked the fourth time in less than two years that a tourist has been slain on the Caribbean island (in three separate incidents).
As we reported last week, a number of cruise lines -- including Princess Cruises, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, Crystal and Carnival -- have ships scheduled to call on well-trafficked Antigua in the coming weeks. No other lines have yet announced itinerary changes due to the incident.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor