The Cruise & Maritime Voyages cruise ship MS Magellan named after the famous Portuguese explorer made its maiden voyage to Barbados on Friday as part of a 33-day cruise that started from its London Tilbury homeport.  It is the seventh of 16 new vessels expected to call on the Bridgetown Port this season.

Magellan is 46,052grt and offers adult only cruises.  On this trip, it is carrying 948 guests and 567crew.

Keith Wilson, a Barbados Port Inc. Director welcomed Captain Nikolaos Michaloliakos and his charge to the island.  “Captain, it is a pleasure to have you and we wish you an enjoyable stay.  Barbados is known for its friendliness and hospitality, and we hope that you, your staff and guests will experience this.  Thanks for choosing Barbados and we invite you to visit us many more times in the future,” Wilson said.

Captain Michaloliakos in his response said that Barbados is a favourite destination for both crew and guests.  “Barbados is a favorite port for guests.  They feel safe and want to come here every season.  It is one of the highlights of our cruise,” he said.  

Some stakeholders from within the port were present for the traditional exchange of plaques including representatives from Barbados Port Inc., Immigration, Platinum Port Agencies and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Magellan operates alongside sister ships Azores, Astor and Marco Polo.  The ship returns to Barbados in February.

Caption Left to right:  Captain Nikolaos Michaloliakos, Keith Wilson, Director BPI, and Hotel Director, Daniel Reiter

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