Barbados’ cruise season is off to a bumper start with the arrival of a second inaugural ship.
TUI Discovery arrived in Barbados on Sunday, just one week into the official start of the season, carrying just over 1,800 passengers and 771 crew. It is one of the newest ships in the Thompson Cruise fleet.
Captain John Westgarth-Pratt received an official party, led by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding, on board for an official plaque exchange ceremony, an age-old tradition for the first visit of a vessel to a country.
Sealy welcomed the captain and his crew to the island and encouraged more Thompson vessels to homeport in Barbados, saying the island has all the infrastructure to accommodate any ship, plus the bonus of being a beautiful, highly sought after holiday destination.
Captain Westgarth-Pratt noted that although it was TUI Discovery’s first visit to Barbados, Thompson Cruises had been coming to the island for years and the hospitality has always been excellent.
“We love to come to Barbados. The quality of the handling in port is of a high standard and leagues ahead of the other islands in the Caribbean,” he said.
TUI Discovery will be in the Caribbean until April 2017 and will homeport from Barbados every Sunday. Its next stop is Bequia.
The ship features an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a mini-golf course, a five-storey atrium and an indoor pool.