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TUI Discovery’s first call on Barbados

 Barbados’ cruise season is off to a bumper start with the arrival of a second inaugural ship.

TUI Discovery arrived in Barbados on Sunday, just one week into the official start of the season, carrying just over 1,800 passengers and 771 crew. It is one of the newest ships in the Thompson Cruise fleet.

Captain John Westgarth-Pratt received an official party, led by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding, on board for an official plaque exchange ceremony, an age-old tradition for the first visit of a vessel to a country.

Sealy welcomed the captain and his crew to the island and encouraged more Thompson vessels to homeport in Barbados, saying the island has all the infrastructure to accommodate any ship, plus the bonus of being a beautiful, highly sought after holiday destination.

Captain John Westgarth-Pratt presenting to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy while Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding looks on.

Captain John Westgarth-Pratt presenting to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy while Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding looks on.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy presenting the traditional Barbados mahogany plaque to Captain John Westgarth-Pratt, while Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding looks on.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy presenting the traditional Barbados mahogany plaque to Captain John Westgarth-Pratt, while Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding looks on.

Captain Westgarth-Pratt noted that although it was TUI Discovery’s first visit to Barbados, Thompson Cruises had been coming to the island for years and the hospitality has always been excellent.

“We love to come to Barbados. The quality of the handling in port is of a high standard and leagues ahead of the other islands in the Caribbean,” he said.

TUI Discovery will be in the Caribbean until April 2017 and will homeport from Barbados every Sunday. Its next stop is Bequia.

The ship features an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a mini-golf course, a five-storey atrium and an indoor pool.

One Response to TUI Discovery’s first call on Barbados

  1. jus me November 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    OH
    “We love to come to Barbados. The quality of the handling in port is of a high standard and leagues ahead of the other islands in the Caribbean,” he said.
    YEAH.

    Wonder what he will say in St Lucia.??
    I would say thats a prime example of a Judgement a person makes, who comes to Barbados for one day.

    EVERYTHINGS WONDERFUL.
    Hands up ALL those who agree.??

    Reply

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