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Maiden visitors

Captain Olaf Hartmann (left) in discussion with officials (from right) Kevin Yearwood, David Douglas, Kenneth Atherley, and Martin Ince.

The 2012-2013 cruise season continues to bloom as Barbados welcomed three more inaugural cruise vessels to its shores.

Columbus 2, Quest for Adventure and the MV Voyager brought approximately 2,000 passengers and crew to the island in a bumper week that saw 13 cruise ships with about 18,000 passengers and crew moving through the port.

The Columbus 2, a vessel of Hapag-Lloyd cruises and TUI AG, a German multinational travel and tourism company was the first of the three ships to arrive.

Ship’s captain Olaf Hartmann said that although the ship had just 370 of its capacity 760 passengers on board, they were expecting a full ship for Christmas. He commended Barbados on the high quality of service at both the air and seaports.

“The crew and I were especially pleased to note that Barbados has such high quality facilities at both the air and sea ports. Our passengers too commented on the number of German-speaking tour guides they encountered, indicating that it was definitely making their visit here more enjoyable. Certainly, this is a very important feature and would contribute to Barbados’ pull factor as a holiday destination for the German market.”

The newly named Quest for Adventure just out of dry dock, loaded up some of its passengers and crew for the first time

in Barbados. The ship’s British captain, Wesley

Dunlop explained that the vessel frequently changed names and was known as the Pearl 2 before it was dry docked in the Bahamas, where it received upgrades to several of its facilities including restaurants and duty free shopping areas.

MV Voyager, a North American ship was the final of the three inaugurals to berth at the Bridgetown Port last week. It boasts a capacity of 540 passengers. Like the Quest for Adventure, the cruise ship recently received several upgrades and was also renamed, having previously been known as the Alexander von Humboldt.

Captain of the Voyager, Neil Bromhall expressed his crew’s delight at having Barbados on their schedule and said that they were looking forward to returning.

A welcome party made up of ship agents and Port Inc. officials greeted officers of the vessels exchanging commemorative plaques in honour of their maiden voyages to the island.

The MV Riviera is the next vessel that will make its maiden call at the Bridgetown Port.

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