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Withdrawal of Cruise Lines Deals Blow to Barbados Holidays

There are concerns over the future of Barbados holidays within the cruise industry as two major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Sea Princess, announce that they will remove all of their ships from the southern Caribbean from next summer.

Withdrawal of Cruise Lines Deals Blow to Barbados Holidays

Two major cruise lines have announced that they will no longer be providing Barbados holidays for their passengers as they confirm they will be removing their ships from the southern Caribbean from summer 2012.

The news has come as a blow to the Barbados tourism sector as Sue Spring, Executive vice-president of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, revealed that the Royal Caribbean’s ship, the Serenader Of The Seas, has been removed due to the high costs of fuel involved in getting the ship as far south as Barbados.

The Sea Princess provided tourists with holidays in Barbados this winter on a weekly basis and has announced that it will be now repositioning the ship to Australia under the P &O Australia brand in winter 2011/2012.

Martin Ince from Foster & Ince Cruises stated that the removal of Serenader Of The Seas would result in the loss of 25,000 tourists taking Barbados holidays on the island during the typically slow summer season.

Foster added that Barbados would also lose approximately 26,000 passengers this coming winter season due to the repositioning of the Sea Princess. This ship had been calling at the Caribbean island for the past six years.

The Carnival Victory, operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, will now be the only cruise ship which will provide holidays in Barbados for tourists during the summer months, with four calls a month, a reduction from its original six.

The loss of cruise ship calls could also have an impact on occupancy levels at Barbados hotels during the slower summer months.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has said that it understands the need for ships to reposition during the summer months but it is worried about the impact it could have on the island’s already struggling summer season.

The CTO have already started putting measures in place to ensure that Barbados remains a highly desirable cruise destination for holiday makers from all over the world.

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