Sunday December 6, 2015. Carnival Corporations’ German cruise ship AIDAdiva sailed into the Bridgetown Port for the second time this season, turning over about 2000 passengers at its newest home port.
The ship’s Austrian captain, Vincent Cofalka, welcomed an official party on board the luxury liner led by Hon. Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism and International Transport. Cofalka said that Barbados matched all the requirements Carnival looks for in a destination, and it was now part of the liner’s long-term plans.
“We are very satisfied with the existing capacities and quality of infrastructure at your port,” he said, and went on to explain that his guests are also delighted with island and its landscape, and he is sure that the cruise will result in more tourists from Germany visiting the island.
Minister Sealy officially welcomed the captain and performed the customary exchange of plaques between the Port and new vessels. He said that Germany was an important market for Barbados, and he was delighted that AIDAdiva had chosen Barbados as a homeport. “We get German tourists but not enough that is why I am delighted to be here to welcome you. We are quite keen on growing this market,” Sealy said.
The 69,200-gt AIDAdiva stands out from other ships in port with provocative red cherry lips and sultry female eyes on her bow. The ultra-modern ship, which has a very casual dress code, was built to appeal to young, active and fun-loving German speakers. AIDAdiva is on a two-weeks cruise of the Caribbean. She visits 11 destinations in 14 days.