BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Saturday December 16, 2017 – Barbados recently welcomed two cruise ships who made calls on the island for the first time.
First to arrive, and the larger of the two, was the 18-deck MSC Fantasia, the first Italian ship of the Fantasia-class. Days later, the 16-deck Celebrity Silhouette sailed into the Bridgetown Port with 2,900 guests and 1,200 crew members.
Speaking at the official inaugural ceremony and plaque exchange on the MSC Fantasia, recently promoted cruise Captain Stefano Aiello, expressed his pleasure at returning to Barbados after visiting some time ago.
“We are pleased to come here and bring one of the biggest MSC cruise ships to the island. MSC is a family owned company, in fact it is the only cruise company that is owned by a family. We hope for the future to make many more trips to this beautiful island,” he said.
MSC Fantasia carried 4,363 passengers and approximately 1,370 crew members. The cruise ship provides guests with an authentic Mediterranean experience, offering designer themed lounge bars, a disco, casino and a Broadway-scale theatre featuring world-class performances. Other amenities include sporting facilities, an aqua park complex and 4D Cinema.
The Port of Bridgetown was the first Caribbean port of call for the cruise ship which arrived from Spain and continued on to Martinique.
Before arriving in Barbados, Celebrity Silhouette visited St Lucia and Grenada and travelled onwards to Martinique, St Kitts, and Miami.
The luxurious ship houses several state-of-the-art facilities, including theatres, a fitness centre, spas, restaurants, pools, lounges, bars, a casino, and several boutiques.
Captain George Latrou and the crew on the vessel which was on a 12-day Caribbean cruise, were greeted by Richard Sealy, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, on arrival.
Sealy had high praise for the relationship that has developed between Celebrity Cruises and Barbados Port Inc., and said the affiliation is one that has been of tremendous benefit to Barbados as a premier cruise destination.
“Celebrity has been a great partner of Barbados for some time, and I have noticed the increase in commitment from Celebrity Cruises. This can be seen as we pass by the Bridgetown Port – there is a very distinctive, funnel stack of Celebrity Cruise ships. We are thrilled that you’ve continued to come back to Barbados, giving your guests the opportunity to experience our unique brand of tourism,” he said.
“I also want to congratulate you and your organization for the tremendous work you’re doing. If you check out the feedback on Cruise Adviser, this particular cruise line has a very strong reputation, and I will implore your team to keep up the great work.”
Captain George – as the ship’s captain is affectionately known –, said Barbados is always the number one choice for his passengers.
“We are always happy to be in Barbados, and we continue to see a trend of passengers preferring that Barbados be included on the itinerary,” he said.