Tourism Minister: Record winter cruise season anticipated Loop Barbados

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Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Ian Gooding-Edghill is optimistic about this summer’s cruise season.

Disputing concerns of a possible low season, Gooding-Edghill reported a striking contrast while speaking at Seatrade Cruise Global 2023 in Miami.

“Contrary to the view that was expressed publicly about us not having any summer cruise business here, I am pleased to report that we will have four cruise bookings in the Bridgetown Port,” the Tourism Minister revealed.

The Barbados booth at Seatrade Cruise Global 2023. The display which portrayed Rihanna Drive, the street named after national hero Rihanna Fenty, was a hit.

Minister Gooding-Edghill also announced a “record cruise season” is expected for the 2023/2024 winter season, as Barbados continues to be in high demand by cruise operators. He disclosed that up to 738, 465 cruise passengers will be arriving in Barbados for the winter season.

“I am also pleased to announce the upcoming cruise winter season for 23/24 will be a record cruise season for Barbados, based on the current bookings and requests for births at the Bridgetown Port. We are projecting some 403 calls and 738, 465 cruise passenger arrivals into Barbados,” he shared.

The Tourism Minister highlighted that cruise operators continue to “demonstrate confidence in Barbados” and were enthused to partner with the island.