The MV Viking Star docked for the first time at the Bridgetown Port today and it received a warm welcome from Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy and other officials.
The cruise liner with its 930 guests, pre-dominantly between the ages 55-65, and 475 crew members, was on course to visit eight ports.
Famous for its river cruises, the Viking brand introduced the MV Viking Star in May 2015. Applauding the award-winner cruise liner for its superb reputation, Ministry Sealy urged tourism players to expand the island’s relationship with Viking Cruises to include home porting at the Bridgetown Port.
“We’re in the home porting business and we have in fact expanded this facility … it was a multi million dollar extension and we are extending that again by another 140 million … so we will have the capacity to even home port two mega ships, “ said the Minister of International Transport.
Minister Sealy stressed that home porting was significant to the island’s economic development.
“We like the home porting because it leaves a larger economic footprint when a cruise starts in Barbados, the ship has to provisioned so manufacturers can benefit, farmers can benefit, even importers can benefit and service providers can benefit as well,” he said.