The MSC Preziosa made its inaugural visit to the Port of Bridgetown on December 4, 2018.

With 3 200 passengers on board, Captain Corrado Laconis said he was delighted to bring yet another ship from the world’s largest privately held cruise company to Barbados.

To mark the occasion, plaques were exchanged between Barbados Port Inc.’s Manager of Terminal Operations, Ian Stewart and Captain Laconis.

Welcoming the Captain, crew and passengers also were Honorary Consul for Italy in Barbados, Paola Baldi-Lussan and Managing Director of Platinum Port Agency Inc., Kevyn Yearwood.

The MSC Preziosa was launched in 2013 and built by STX France at a cost of US$550 million. The vessel, is scheduled to make 11 calls to Barbados this season with air sea transfers every two weeks. It is anticipated the turnover will be 400-500 passengers per call. Some 300 UK visitors flew into Barbados to join the ship yesterday for the continuation of the cruise.

The vessel, which also homeports at Fort-de-France, Martinique will also embark guests from there as well as at Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe.

The MSC Preziosa, labelled a luxury eco-ship and Mediterranean masterpiece, is currently on a 14-day cruise which began November 22, 2018 in Genoa, Italy and ends in Forte-de-France.

Barbados Port Inc.’s Manager of Terminal Operations, Ian Stewart (Right) and Captain Corrado Laconis exchanged plaques to mark the inaugural visit.

 

Captain Corrado Laconis and Honorary Consul to Italy in Barbados, Paola Baldi-Lussan toast the MSC Preziosa’s arrival.

 

Did You Know?

In 1978, the Port added another 6.5 hectares of land through a land reclamation project?