Sealy: Cruise lift on horizon
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is predicting a rosy future for cruise ship business to Barbados, with the return of the Royal Caribbean ship Jewel Of The Seas this summer and promises of other lines coming here.
Sealy said yesterday 2014 would see a busy cruise ship season, and he expected Barbados to capture even more of the billion-dollar cruise market when the $400 million Sugar Point cruise terminal was completed at Trevor’s Way.
The minister has just returned to Barbados after extensive tourism meetings abroad, including meetings with principals of cruise ship lines in Barbados’ key tourism markets such as Britain and United States.
Updating the media at a conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, he said he had been able to engage “many cruise partners” in Britain and the United States.
Sealy noted Barbados was the only island in the Caribbean that received more British than American tourists, and he said more and more British vacation seekers were looking for cruise options.