Freedom Of The Seas coming to Barbados
Recently, Freedom of the Seas dropped its anchor for the first time at the Port of Bridgetown.
This class fleet is under the brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises and will be the second ship to dock in Barbados; along with Adventure of the Seas, which calls during the winter season. This island will be welcoming the vessel bi-weekly out of San Juan on Thursdays.
Freedom of the Seas first set its sails back in 2006 and has replaced the vessel Jewel of the Seas as that vessel is currently on dry dock. The ship currently operates with a capacity of 4 500 passengers and 1 360 crewmembers.
This service will increase Barbados’ accessibility to the Central and South American market, a region that has significant growth potential for the destination. For the first two months of 2018, cruise calls were recorded at 62; welcoming over 78 000 cruise passengers to the island. The introduction of this additional cruise vessel is predicted to positively impact those numbers and translate into opportunities for local hoteliers, restaurateurs, craftsmen and other industry partners.
Cheryl Franklin, Director of Cruise, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) mentioned, “We are delighted to welcome Freedom of the Seas to our shores – the Freedom is part of a larger class of vessel that will be docking on island. This vessel can potentially bring over 1 300 additional visitors per bi-weekly call and increases our opportunity to provide even more cruise guests with our uniquely diverse on shore experiences, simultaneously increasing average visitor spend.
“Moreover, our commitment to exceeding the expectations of every cruise visitor through the provision of wide ranging shore side experiences will help to ensure that we grow demand for Barbados as a repeat, long stay destination.
“Our partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is an exceedingly close one and we look forward to our continued collaboration as we implement complementary consumer and market driven strategies to stimulate and sustain our collective growth.
Jewel of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will then return to join Freedom and dock in Barbados in November 2018.” (PR)