Barbados celebrated the official arrival of its winter season on October 15th, which will run through March 2023.
The Caribbean nation anticipates over 700,000 cruise passengers between now and March, with over 25 cruise lines calling there. In recent weeks leading into the official start of the season, Barbados has already welcomed two new ships: MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia and Seabourn’s Seabourn Venture.
“We are ecstatic to welcome cruisers back to Barbados, whether they’ve visited us before or are experiencing our destination for the very first time,” said Cruise Barbados’ Senior Business Development Officer, Tia Broomes. “Barbados offers unforgettable experiences for even the most discerning of travelers, from extensive tours of Harrison’s Cave to rum tastings at Mount Gay Distillery, afternoons spent at Copacabana or private boat tours to swim with turtles. We also are pleased to celebrate the return of many wonderful destination events this year, along with some unique new tours and activities.”
Known for offering the most authentic Caribbean experience, Barbados features a rich culture and history. Rated at one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com, Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.
The island itself is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island, and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world-class events including the annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival (returning this fall), the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012.
A variety of pre and post-cruise land experiences are available to visitors, ranging from plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts and five-star resorts.
Barbados was voted eighth in the world by Trip Advisor’s “2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category.