Barbados welcomes MV Viking Star

The MV Viking Star docked for the first time at the Bridgetown Port today and it received a warm welcome from Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy and other officials.

(From left) Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Captain of the Viking Star Rene Lokling

The cruise liner with its 930 guests, pre-dominantly between the ages 55-65, and 475 crew members, was on course to visit eight ports.

Famous for its river cruises, the Viking brand introduced the MV Viking Star in May 2015. Applauding the award-winner cruise liner for its superb reputation, Ministry Sealy urged tourism players to expand the island’s relationship with Viking Cruises to include home porting at the Bridgetown Port.

Minister of Tourism and International Richard Sealy gifts Rene Lokling, captain of MV Viking Start with a plaque to mark his inaugural visit to Barbados

“We’re in the home porting business and we have in fact expanded this facility … it was a multi million dollar extension and we are extending that again by another 140 million … so we will have the capacity to even home port two mega ships, “ said the Minister of International Transport.
Minister Sealy stressed that home porting was significant to the island’s economic development.

“We like the home porting because it leaves a larger economic footprint when a cruise starts in Barbados, the ship has to provisioned so manufacturers can benefit, farmers can benefit, even importers can benefit and service providers can benefit as well,” he said.



11 Responses to Barbados welcomes MV Viking Star

  1. Fluffy Brokenbird
    Fluffy Brokenbird October 24, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I thought watching this was amazing

  2. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson October 24, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I only get to see this on the AWE channel great to see it in our beautiful Island Barbados

  3. Alex Alleyne October 24, 2016 at 7:51 am

    The Captain of the viking Star “well dressed” while Minister Sealy and Mr,Harding dress like “2 wild boys” looking in very poor taste.

  4. Alex Alleyne October 24, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hand in pocket, shirt tail out side. back in the day, you would get run out of one’s office.
    I guess he dress to go to the Mount Gay visitor’s shop to hold a few grogs.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 24, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Or should I say “saga boys”.

  6. Bank Hall Guy October 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    The minister is dressed to suit our climate in the Caribbean. I guess you haven’t realised how hot it is these days. Find something positive and uplifting to say.

  7. Whitehill October 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    50+ years of conditioning I maybe tempted to speak negatively on
    the mode of dress by the two Barbadians representatives, however, given the hot climate and the mode of wear that was foist upon us…
    Had this event occurred in some south pacific island, I’m sure these two gentlemen would’ve been wearing those colorful printed shirts
    with those flowers hanging about their necks and a bevy of sensual
    erotic Polynesian dancers…No whucking up or mother sally crap.

  8. Alex Alleyne October 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I take it that the gentlemen in the last photo is standing somewhere on the moon.

  9. Tony Waterman October 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I Thought that we were about to Celebrate 50 years of Independence from Colonialism, but i guess that you can take the Person out of the Colony, but it seems as if we will NEVER get the Colony out of the Person.
    We are in Barbados ?? degress Hot, Collar and tie does NOT suit everthing, that is why Why people in HOT Climes wear the Nehru Jacket as Official Wear(No Collar,No Tie) Jawaharlal Nehru Late Prime Minister of a TRULY Independent Country, INDIA made that famous, i never saw him in a Suit and Tie, and no one Criticised him, but our people always find a way to Downgrade their Own, but get mad when S&P does it to us. WHY???

    Mr. Sealy is NOT my Favourite Bajan Politician, but i am with him 110% with this one, Independence should be good for Something, NOT British.

    Happy Independence to you ALEX ALLEYNE.

  10. Elridge Dixon October 25, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Come on Sub-editors, stop the American English influence! The use of the word ” gifts ” in the caption is ridiculous. Whatever happened to ” presents.” The word ” gift ” is a noun. It is what you give to a person. The action of giving is a verb. The American practice of turning nouns into verbs should not be copied by an reputable newspaper. Soon Barbados Today will be telling us that persons have ” pled ” guilty instead of ” pleaded.”

  11. Whitehill October 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    During my time in the USA I saw many Barbadians who were cast aside, left for “dead” by the system in Barbados rose to heights
    beyond their wildest imagination. I saw Barbadian women who were destined to be subservient to men all their lives turned their fortune around by being in the USA using “American English.”

    Why don’t you black Barbadians seek to capitalized in a positive way the billions of $$ remitted here by your black relatives in the diaspora? Stop being silly and stupid.

    “American English my A…


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