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Will Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruises base at least one new cruise ship in Barbados?

Sir Richard Branson - lucky old bastard!

Sir Richard Branson – lucky old bastard! *

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

While the concept was rolled out some time ago, the details were largely announced in a media conference which took place at the Museum Park in Miami last week.

Never shy of dominating the global limelight, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Cruises should have three brand new Italian built ships in the water by 2020, each with a mid-size capacity of 2,800 passengers and around 110,000 gross tons. www.virgincruises.com

I will not insult readers to guess the planned colour of these new vessels and it perhaps sets new parameters for the cruising industry, opening it up to a whole new market with a brand that is among the strongest on the planet. The placard statement ‘let’s make waves’ emblazoned on the arrival helicopter carrying Sir Richard said it all.

Virgin will have a huge marketing advantage by having its own airline and through the joint holding it has with Delta Airlines, the United States second largest carrier.

The first ship will operate out of the Port of Miami, the cruise capital of the world, with a quoted throughput of 4.8 million multi-day passengers in 2014 operating 7 day Caribbean cruises.

But there is an incredible opportunity for Barbados – if we can make it happen. With the Delta flights servicing two of the largest airports in the USA, Atlanta and New York and Virgin Atlantic proving the only scheduled carrier to operating direct flights out of two major British hubs, Gatwick and Manchester, could the second or third ship, homeport from Barbados?

This would give travellers a myriad of holiday options. Fly from the UK to Barbados, cruise to another island and fly back to England from there. All with the same airline and cruise brand.

By enticing Virgin Cruises to Barbados, it could directly benefit us in so many ways. Stay and cruise options, provisioning and higher employment on the ships with more ‘locals’ are among the potential.

So what could persuade Virgin Cruises to position one ship here?

Of course there are historic precedents of subsidising selected tourism partners.   Continue reading


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Mix-up at Grantley Adams International Airport – all luggage switched between two flights!

Thomas Cook flights to Manchester and Gatwick – luggage switch?

Dear Barbados Free Press,

I would like to know, if it is true that on January 29th, 2012 they was a mix-up between two (2) Thomas Cook flights, one going to Manchester and the other going to Gatwick, and the luggage for the Manchester flight was put onto the aircraft going to Gatwick and vis-à-vis? It is time that someone is held accountable for this.

Paul Hinds

We’ve heard those rumours too… and they are true!

We couldn’t find anything in the Barbados or London papers, but we did find some stories at Cruises.co.uk. Yup, it looks like it happened as you’ve heard. If any of our readers can assist, we’d love to hear further details…

from the discussion at Cruises.co.uk

Topic: Missing Luggage

28th January 2012 02:21 PM #1
yesrock, Liverpool

We have just returned from Ventura N201 three hours ago after a splendid cruise.

Unfortunately our return flight (Thomas Cook) to Manchester was delayed for over 4 hours so we were the last P and O flight to leave Barbados when we should have been the first. A few minutes after landing the Captain informed us that our luggage had been loaded onto the Gatwick aircraft and we had the luggage which should be in Gatwick. Needless to say there were a few grumbles. We had to complete a form and then join a lengthy queue to hand it in. Our luggage should be delivered within the next 24-72 hours. Oh well I suppose these thing happen, better to lose it on the return journey than on the outward flight.

28th January 2012 02:21 PM
Jan, Gosport

Baggage mix up on TCX239

We were on flight to Gatwick and all waiting for luggage at carousel when all bags from Manchester flight were going round and round until it was so full that it stopped. Then an announcement said our luggage had gone to Manchester!! A mad scramble then to get form to fill in. We were told luggage would be delivered within 24-48 hours. What a joke its now 3.45 Monday 30/01/12 and we’ve just found out that luggage will not be delivered until tomorrow. I’ve emailed Thomas Cook who replied with a duff email address and a telephone number that says ‘due to a high volume of calls we cannot deal with your call please call again later’


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