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Cruise ships and their passengers: Asset or liability to Barbados?

Barbados Cruise

Cruise Ship family spends a total of $25 for a day in Barbados!

submitted by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous…

This article on the Royal Caribbean blog says it all when it comes down to the poor contribution of the cruise industry to the Barbados economy.

This family spent $25 for mum and dad each, kids free, and got an island tour, free water, beer and rum punch. They also enjoyed free wi-fi, free recharging of electronic devices, seating facilities in an air-conditioned office and probably bathroom facilities at the cruise port terminal.

They had breakfast on the ship before they went on the tour, went back to the ship for lunch, and stayed all afternoon on the ship, before having dinner in the evening, on the ship.

Barbados Cruise Ship

About the cruise terminal they had this to say:

“After getting back to the ship we walked through the shopping plaza at the pier.  Of course, it’s tourist trap stuff and given its lack of air conditioning, I can’t say it’s worth more than a walk through.  However, there is free WiFi provided there so I guess I can’t slam it too much.  If you happen to be there, go to the Barbados Tourism Office because it’s air conditioned, has the best WiFi signal and has chairs for you to sit down (and electricity to charge your devices).”

Where is the profit for the ordinary Bajan in this? We are happy to have visitors from all over the world come to Barbados, but the cruise ship passengers barely covered their costs for a day of pleasure, touring and entertainment in Barbados.

Where is the benefit to our economy? A few taxi fares to pay for a cruise ship terminal? Good Lord!

Jewel of the Seas Live Blog – Day 6 – Barbados

Today is our last port day and it’s always a bittersweet day for me (well, not as much as tomorrow will be) and we are in Barbados.

As per usual, up at 7am, in the Windjammer at 8am and off the ship at 9am.  The crowd at Windjammer at 8am versus 9am is incredibly different and 8am is much better.  I think I’ve said this in past cruise reports but I’d like to see more variety in breakfast.  Unlike lunch and dinner, the breakfast spread has been exactly the same every day.

We got off the ship a little before 9am for our tour we had booked with Tyronne Griffith tours, which was coordinated by people on Cruise Critic.  Because we all booked as a group on Cruise Critic, we were able to get the per person rate down to $25 per adult (kids free) and free water, beer and rum punch.

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Ricky Skerritt: Cruise ships leaving Caribbean for more profit. Tourists say that’s not the entire story.

UK Air Passenger Duty hitting Barbados hard

The chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation just told TTG Travel Trade Gazette that the Caribbean is starting to feel the effects of cruise ships moving to European and Asian waters. Ricky Skerritt also told TTG that the Air Passenger Duty is a killer when it comes to one of Barbados’ most important markets: the Brits …

“The ships are going wherever they can get the best yield, which we understand, because the cost of flying to the Dominican Republic or Barbados is so much higher for European passengers, especially from Britain with Air Passenger Duty.

“We are constantly talking to the lines to see what we can do to stimulate demand, but it will be very difficult to bring them back overnight,”

Those ships aren’t returning to the Caribbean anytime soon

Mr. Skerritt’s attempt to put some hope and an upbeat spin on the situation is understandable, but logic tells us that the decisions made by various cruise lines to abandon the Caribbean either for the summer or permanently will not be reversed anytime soon.

The cruise lines did their homework, gathered their information and then decided upon new strategies. This didn’t happen overnight. New tours, marketing strategies and materials were probably prepared a year or more in advance. People book cruises for the destinations and also for specific ships that they know and favour – and many cruise veterans plan their trips years ahead. “Darling, let’s do Asia in the summer, then Africa the year after, then Alaska the following summer.”

Once again, logic tells us that once a ship leaves Barbados and the Caribbean on a permanent basis – it may be years before we see it or a replacement tie up a Bridgetown.

Tourists say: The cost of getting to Barbados isn’t the only problem

An old friend alerted us to this story and also to the reaction on some of the cruising blogs and discussion forums.

The reaction to Mr. Skerritt’s comments by experienced Caribbean cruise passengers from the UK is both revealing and disturbing.

Here’s what the conversation is looking like at the Cruises.co.uk discussion forum… and it’s not pretty. Have a read and think what these folks are saying, and how they are making their vacation plans…

“I can understand their concerns but I have little sympathy with them. Until fifteen years ago the Caribbean was seen as the ultimate winter destination for Europeans. The prices became vastly inflated, hotels/resorts did not reinvest their profits and standards began to slip. But almost out of the blue the other resorts developed rapidly (Maldives etc) offering Europeans great value and the Middle East offering out of this world amenities It’s a lesson which all tourist destinations should heed, don’t take the tourists for granted, someone is always willing to offer them a “better holiday experience””

… Alan, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Continue reading


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Jolly Roger sets sail on Thursday!

Inaugural voyage Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 10am to 2pm

The Jolly Roger I is fresh from a major rebuild and refitting and she’s ready for her first commercial cruise on Tuesday morning.

The Barbados Rally Club sampled The Jolly Roger’s hospitality last weekend and a fantastic time was had by all. The ship will host regular 4 hour cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Reservations: (246) 826-SAIL (246-826-7245)

email: bookings@barbadosblackpearl-jollyroger1.com

Website: http://www.barbadosblackpearl-jollyroger1.com

How about a blog for Black Pearl Party Cruises?

The website for Black Pearl Party Cruises – the Barbados company that runs the Jolly Roger – is a little basic. No doubt Captain Shane and his partners have some grand plans that will take a while to kick in, probably with online bookings and all that.

In the meantime, they should consider throwing up a blog at WordPress because it could be done in a day. Call it the “Captain’s Log of the Jolly Roger” or some such name, and do one short entry every day about the boat, the crew, the trips, some movie star that they saw on the beach as they went by Sandy Lane or some little happening. Keep it light, photos of the boat and Barbados as seen from the boat. Profiles of the crew. Comments from passengers, stories of first timers to Barbados. Adventures finding the boat, getting it rebuilt and getting it to Bim.

Yup, I could see that blog being picked up by Google, and with Facebook and Twitter establishing the Jolly Roger’s serious presence on the internet and in Barbados tourism virtually overnight so that any tourist thinking of coming to Barbados would be bound to stumble across the Jolly Roger and decide to take a cruise while on the island.

That’s our suggestion and we promise to Captain Shane and the good crew that if they put up a blog, we’ll regularly link to their stories. That goes for any Barbados business, because these are tough times and we will help where we can if asked.


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