First impressions count – and the Bridgetown cruise terminal has all the right ingredients in place to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for cruise passengers from the moment they step ashore.
As the cruise terminal gears up for the new season, visitors will continue to enjoy a taste of Barbadian hospitality thanks to the exciting range of products and entertainments on offer within the terminal.
Welcome to Barbados
Operated by a private sector joint venture including Barbados Port Inc and officially opened in 1994, the cruise terminal is now home to over 60 businesses. There is a range of duty free shopping outlets selling everything from clothing and leather goods to souvenirs, crystal, jewellery and liquor, as well as open-air bars where visitors can sample local beers and Bajan cuisine.
The terminal pays homage to Barbadian culture in the form of traditional wooden pushcarts manned by smaller vendors selling crafts, souvenirs and other gifts. The heritage of Barbados is reflected still further in the colourful Chattel House shopping area just outside the main terminal, where visitors can buy 100 per cent Bajan-made local items.
Recent additions to the cruise terminal include a free mobile-friendly Wi-Fi service for all passengers and crew. In 2016 the terminal launched its first online publication, Docked Magazine, with insider tips for passengers about Barbados. Click on ‘FREE Cruise Terminal Wi-Fi’ for instant access.
The Tour Departure Area has been enhanced with additional seating and the introduction of recreational games like hopscotch, checkers and the distinctly Bajan sport of road tennis. Visitors are invited to try their hand at these traditional games. From time to time, members of the Barbados Road Tennis Association will be on hand to give would-be players a free demonstration.
A Hive of Entertainment
The cruise terminal is known for its regular entertainment exhibitions and festive atmosphere.
On the days when ships are in port, visitors can enjoy the sweet sounds of a steel band or tuk band as well as performances by local artists and school choirs. At various times of the day passengers are invited to sample local rum and food and to join in ‘mixology’ sessions by local bartenders using award-winning Barbadian rums (also available to buy within the terminal).
Other services at the cruise terminal include a post office; a guest information service; and a dedicated area for tour operators offering island excursions and trips to local attractions
Taxi services, including a Bridgetown shuttle, are available just outside the terminal.
Customs, immigration, health and quarantine services are housed within the cruise terminal.