First impressions count – and the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal has all the right elements in place to make the onshore welcome a memorable experience for cruise passengers.
The Terminal, managed privately by Bridgetown Cruise Terminal Inc. (BCTI), offers some of Barbados’ finest shopping and entertainment. You can shop duty-free shopping or purchase authentic artisanal souvenirs at the terminal.
The terminal boasts 61 businesses with an expansive offering of everything from beachwear, t-shirts and casual attire to jewellery, crystal, local leather goods and souvenirs, accessories for bikers, fragrances, cosmetics, condiments, sweet treats and liquor. Hot and cold beverages, including local beer, are available at any one of the bars- both indoor and outdoor, and local dishes are a delight not to be missed. At various times on select days, passengers are treated to food or rum samplings with mixologists showcasing the award-winning rums of Barbados, all of which are available for purchase in the terminal.
Welcome to Barbados
Traditional Barbados is captured in the ambiance. There are chattel house styled shops and kiosks fashioned after the traditional bread-cart once popular on the streets of bygone Barbados. The cruise terminal however boasts all modern amenities, with guest entertainment featuring performances of all genre from local artistes, school choirs and musicians. Multilingual wayfinding keeps you on track as you make your way. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to passengers and crew and BCTI’s online magazine, Docked, featured on the Wi-Fi splash page, offers cruisers the information they need to make the most of onshore time in Barbados. The Visitor Information Centre also located within the terminal, offers complementary information in brochures, booklets and maps, with friendly personnel on hand to answer any queries. You can find more on places to go and things to do at Visit Barbados
Government offices, including a Post Office which provides service worldwide, Customs, Immigration, Health and Quarantine services are all housed within the terminal.
There is a dedicated Tour Departure Area for passengers who have pre-booked tours. If your tour is not quite ready you can either sit or indulge in an indigenous game of Hopscotch, Draughts or Road Tennis.
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).