Red carpet welcome
The inaugural visit of the Sojourn was commemorated with the traditional exchanging of plaques at a reception on board the vessel, which was attended by officials from Barbados Port Inc., Barbados Tourism Authority and Platinum Port Agency.
Divisional Manager, Corporate Development and Strategy, BPI, Kenneth Atherley, welcomed Captain Buer to Bridgetown, stating: “On behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, I am pleased to welcome Captain Buer, the crew and the passengers of the Seabourn Sojourn to the island.
“BPI appreciates the long standing relationship held with Seabourn and their fleet of deluxe vessels. This is a testament to Barbados’ reputation as a premiere cruising destination.”
Director of Cruise with the BTA, Ryan Blackett, thanked Buer and Seabourn for their support of the Barbados cruise industry, emphasising that although things were going well, there were plans being made to put a bigger dent in the market.
Buer expressed his pleasure at being in Barbados and recalled Seabourn’s history with the island.
“The relationship between Seabourn and the Port of Bridgetown goes back many years to the 80s with the Seabourn Spirit,” he added. “We have great cooperation with the Port and we look forward to maintaining this relationship for many years to come.”
The captain also shared that many of the passengers on board had been looking forward to their short stay in Barbados. Approximately 235 passengers had signed up for tours and many people had set out early for sightseeing and shopping.
Described as “… among the most luxurious cruising vessels of the world”, the Sojourn has a passenger capacity of 450, one of the largest in the Seabourn fleet. The cruise included a stop at Devil’s Island prior to Bridgetown and it will be leaving for Guadeloupe on route to Fort Lauderdale. The Sojourn will return to the Caribbean towards the end of the year.