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Royal Caribbean to homeport in Barbados for the first time

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Grandeur of the Seas will sail Sundays on three different itineraries
Royal Caribbean International will homeport at Bridgetown, Barbados, for the first time next winter to offer southern Caribbean cruises on Grandeur of the Seas.

Three distinct seven- and 14-night itineraries are planned, including three new destinations for Royal Caribbean: Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. Weeklong sailings will hop to a different destination every day or offer late-night stays at Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. The longer itinerary includes an overnight at Aruba coupled with visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Colón, Panama; and Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, among other places.

'Sailing from the heart of the Windward Islands unlocks new memorable vacations to share with family and friends in breathtaking places, such as Grenada, St. Lucia and, now, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago,' RCI President and CEO Michael Bayley said.

'After the year the industry and region have had, this is a shining light to look forward to this coming winter season,' said Lisa Cummins, minister of tourism and international transport for Barbados. 'We have wanted to see for some time more homeporting operations from Barbados, the incorporation of pre- and post-[cruise] stay vacations which expose cruisers to the best Barbados has to offer and, at a regional level, the development of new itineraries that elevate the cruise experience throughout the Caribbean.'

Bajan hospitality

Cummins added: 'We are looking forward to displaying our Bajan hospitality, wide range of accommodations, rich culture, diversity of experiences, world class cuisine, unique attractions and especially want to share the warmth of the Barbadian people. These are the things that keep visitors coming back for more.'

Adventure-seekers looking to discover the Bajan vibe will have diverse experiences to choose from across the country’s 11 parishes — a mix of coastal, rural and urban neighborhoods, some sophisticated and luxurious, others immersive and based in nature. Spanning 166 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island is chock-full of natural and cultural heritage.

The itineraries

The cruises, all with Sunday departures, opened for sale today.

The seven-night 'Southern Caribbean Island Hop' visits Scarborough, Tobago; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Roseau, Dominica; and Castries, St. Lucia.

The seven-night 'Southern Caribbean Adventure' calls at Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Trinidad.

The 14-night 'Ultimate Caribbean' includes Grenada, St. Vincent, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao, Trinidad, Cartagena, Colón and Puerto Limón.

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