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Royal Caribbean to Build Beach Club on Antigua

Royal Caribbean International has signed an agreement with Antigua and Barbuda to build the company's first Royal Beach Club.

The Royal Beach Club will occupy a half-mile of Antigua's beachfront. It will offer a pool, cabanas, live music and restaurants. It also will have a variety of recreational activities including snorkeling, jet skis, paddle boarding and a family splash pad, which is a playsite with spraying water for younger children.

The concept is similar to the cruise line's private port at the company's $250 million Coco Beach Club at CoCo Cay island in the Bahamas.

The company plans to break ground on the Antigua site later in 2020.

“The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Together with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, we will bring to life an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and create significant economic benefits and opportunities. In addition, we are looking at ways for the local community to also enjoy the beach club on days our ships are in other destinations."

Royal Beach Club is part of a trend among cruise lines to open and operate private cruise ports.

The cruise line also announced it is sending Symphony of the Seas to Antigua's cruise port at St. John's for the first time on Nov. 3, 2020. Symphony will be the first Oasis Class ship to visit the island. Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships are the largest in the fleet with about 6,500 passengers.

Expanded Antigua Cruise Port


Symphony of the Seas will visit a new $30 million pier at St. John's that will accommodate ships of its size, according to Global Ports Holding. The pier is part of an $80 million expansion of the St. John's cruise port. Global Ports Holding will lease and operate it for the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The expansion project will also include 50,000 square feet of additional retail, food and beverage businesses as well as an update of the Heritage Mall Shopping Complex.

Global Ports Holding is the world's largest cruise port operator and operates 18 ports in 10 countries, the company says.
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