The arrival of Costa Pacifica, one cruise liner in Costa’s fleet of 12, was marked on Dec. 19 by an inaugural ceremony and plaque exchange between the ship’s captain Roberto Bosio and Assistant Manager, Port Security Services, Lieutenant Commander Fernella Cordle.

This inaugural ceremony marked the 12th ceremony and plaque exchange held this season. These inaugural ceremonies are held to officially acknowledge the vessel’s first arrival at Port of Bridgetown.

They represent a gesture of goodwill between the ship’s officials and officials from the Port of Bridgetown. Addressing guests at the ceremony, which was held on deck eight on the bridge, Bosio said, “Today, we are truly excited to be in Barbados. It is a pleasure to be here experiencing the sunshine. On board, we have a multicultural diverse group of people — different nationalities, religions and cultures. Everyone works together to ensure the guests experience the best we have to offer.”

Cordle welcomed the captain and his team to the island and said, “On behalf of the government and people of Barbados, we want to welcome you to the Port of Bridgetown. We have had a long relationship with you, and we intend to continue to foster a better friendship going forward in the years to come.”

With Costa Pacifica, guests can enjoy their experience at sea aboard the 14-deck ship. The cruise features exciting shows and several dining options. The 2,580 passengers and 1,036 crew aboard the luxury cruise liner can experience an impressive art exhibition, discos, a casino, shopping centers, a theatre, restaurants, bars, an outdoor track and multipurpose sports pitch.

The ship is on a 15-day cruise from the Port of Malaga, Spain. Costa Pacifica’s other ports of call include Guadeloupe; Scarborough, Tobago; Willemstad, Curacao; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Port of Oranjestad, Aruba; and Castries, St. Lucia.

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