The MSC Cruise vessel MSC Orchestra is the latest cruise ship to make an inaugural visit to Barbados. The line has been in the Caribbean for three years but this season marks its first call on the Bridgetown Port.
Italian captain, Master Corrado Iaconis said that the ship usually sails in the Mediterranean but is in the Caribbean just for the season, taking in two new Northern and Southern Caribbean routes from its Forte-de-France homeport. Barbados is on its Southern route along with St. Lucia, Trinidad, St. Kitts, Grenada and Dominica.
Bridgetown, Nov. 16, 2015. Royal Caribbean International's most innovative ship, Anthem of the Seas, made its inaugural call to the Bridgetown Port on Sunday. The Quantum-class ship, the newest in the impressive Royal Caribbean fleet is on a twelve-day cruise around the Caribbean. Barbados was her second stop since leaving her permanent home, Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York on November 10.
Sunday December 6, 2015. Carnival Corporations’ German cruise ship AIDAdiva sailed into the Bridgetown Port for the second time this season, turning over about 2000 passengers at its newest home port.
The ship’s Austrian captain, Vincent Cofalka, welcomed an official party on board the luxury liner led by Hon. Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism and International Transport. Cofalka said that Barbados matched all the requirements Carnival looks for in a destination, and it was now part of the liner’s long-term plans.
Bridgetown, Saturday Nov. 21. Recently the buzz in the local cruise industry has been about the arrival of mega ships to the Bridgetown Port, however, on Saturday the Windstar ship Star Pride, a smaller boutique brand, made its maiden voyage to Barbados, trumpeting all the virtues of small, quaint and intimate cruising.
The 212-passenger Star Pride is the first of three small luxury all-suite sister ships that Windstar, now initiating a fleet expansion and worldwide product development, has purchased from Seabourn.
As we celebrate 47 years of Independence, this is a time to review the past and look to the future. This has been a strategic policy of the Bridgetown Port from inception.
The Port is a major port of entry for 90% of the goods used in the manufacturing and retail sectors in Barbados. A major part of its responsibility has been dedicated to supporting businesses in the import/export trade, a job that it carries out without any government subsidies, unlike the majority of ports in the region.
The Barbados Port Inc (BPI) is committed to maintaining its stellar reputation as an efficient port. Having consistently won regional awards and accolades, the BPI has recently embarked on a range of initiatives aimed at establishing the Port as a fully automated, world-class entity focused on delivering exceptional customer service.
Commercial Shippers now have the ability to track their shipment in real time on the Barbados Port Inc.’s (BPI) new web portal. This is just one of the new services being offered as part of the BPI’s ongoing plan to streamline operations and ensure effective and efficient customer service.
Twelve outstanding students were the recipients of Apple iPads (first place), laptop computers (second place), $600 COB Credit Union savings accounts (third place), and educational materials (special mention category) when Barbados Port Inc held the Awards Ceremony for their 50th Anniversary Schools Essay Competition at the Barbados Hilton. The winning schools each received $2,000 and a trophy presented to the principals.