Barbados, which is working to rebuild its cruise ship business after a period of decline, received a boost in the UK market recently with the award of ‘Favourite Cruise Destination’, at the 2019 Cruise International’s British Cruise Awards.
The winner of the award was determined by public vote, with Barbados getting more votes than Jamaica, Dubrovnik, Norway and Singapore.
The awards event took place at the House of Lords in London on Monday Sept 9. Barbados High Commissioner Milton Inniss, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.’s UK Director, Cheryl Carter, and Senior Business Development Officer Marc McCollin, accepted the prize.
Barbados remains a favourite on the Caribbean cruising circuit, appearing on many itineraries, including those of Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC, P&O, TUI, Marella, Star Clipper, Silversea, Seabourn, and Fred Olsen.
Earlier this year, Barbados was named one of the Top 5 in the category ‘Best Cruise Destination in the Southern Caribbean’ in Cruise Critic’s Annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.
Barbados is expecting to welcome 840,000 cruise arrivals this year and the BTMI has embarked on a number of initiatives to boost arrivals, including the weekly Festive Fridays marketplace at the Pelican Craft Centre, which gives cruise passengers the opportunity to purchase local food and craft, and mingle with Bajans late into the night.
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