BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday December 30, 2010 – Barbados’ bid to become the number one cruise destination in the Southern Caribbean got a boost recently when one of the largest cruise ships, the Queen Elizabeth, sailed into the Bridgetown Port.
Joining four other ships – Explorer of the Seas, Crystal Serenity and home porters, Wind Surf and Royal Clipper – to bring a total of 6 816 passengers to the island, Queen Elizabeth made Barbados its second port of stay on its inaugural trip.
Chairman of the Port David Harding promised that the Bridgetown Port would be redefined as it related to cruise tourism.
“New and exciting trade lines are opening up with South and Central America. Just as Puerto Rico has become a super hub in the North we are moving to make Barbados a similar super hub in the South,” he said.
CEO of Platinum/Foster Ince, Martin Ince, added that “the historical connection which Barbados has with England and the great package which our island offers as a cruise destination is what attracts visits and passengers like those on board the Queen Elizabeth and the other ships currently in Port”.
The Queen Elizabeth is expected to visit Barbados twice a year which would supplement the six yearly trips currently being made by Queen Mary and Queen Victoria.
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