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Plans for enhanced Barbados Port

February 2, 2023
Photo: Francine Blackman, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; Denis Cadogan, Deputy Chair of the Barbados Port Inc.; the Hon. Ian Gooding-Edghill, Minister of Tourism and International Transport; Richard Sasso, Chair of MSC Cruises; Shelly Williams, Chair of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI)

Barbados’ top cruise line partners are looking forward to the developments being undertaken by the Barbados Port Inc. to enhance the destination’s cruise experience.

This comes as Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Ian Gooding-Edghill, led a delegation of Barbados Port and Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. officials to present tourism development plans to the destination’s main cruise business partners headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Minister Gooding-Edghill over two days met with senior executives from MSC Cruises, Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

During these meetings, he presented a number of developments already in train at the Barbados’ sole cruise port of entry.

According to the cruise lines, Barbados remains a primary port of call on many southern Caribbean cruise itineraries.

This 2022/23 winter season, the Barbados Port will welcome a total of 15 inaugural vessels which include P&O’s newest and largest ship, Arvia.

Overall, the number of calls scheduled for the season is 364.

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