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Barbados’ cruise season kicks off - and 700,000 passengers are expected

The annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival returns this autumn, just one of the island's highlights this season
Barbados is expecting 700,000 cruise passengers between now and March, with more than 25 cruise lines scheduled to arrive at the island.

Its season got officially underway October 15, ushered in by calls from MSC Meraviglia, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Ovation in recent weeks.

New tours and activities on the way

Said Cruise Barbados’ senior business development officer Tia Broomes, ‘Barbados offers unforgettable experiences for even the most discerning of travelers, from extensive tours of Harrison’s Cave to rum tastings at Mount Gay Distillery, afternoons spent at Copacabana [the beach club in Bridgetown} or private boat tours to swim with turtles.

‘We also are pleased to celebrate the return of many wonderful destination events this year, along with some unique new tours and activities.’

The island is the first Zagat-rated Caribbean Island and known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and it has hosted several world class events, including the annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival returning this autumn.

Pre- and post-cruise stays

Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct journeys from a growing number of US cities with a number of activities available for pre- and post-cruise tourists.