Barbados welcomes cruise ships to its shores once again starting today, with all passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Tourism Minister Lisa Cummins disclosed this information.
“We are anticipating welcoming cruise ships back to Barbados for the first time in 15 months. Celebrity Millennium will make a transit call in Barbados on Monday. “She is due to arrive in Barbados at about 11 am (local time).”
“It has been over a year of discussions, negotiations, and engagement at the level of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the European Union (EU) healthy sail guidelines, working through America’s Crews Task Force … chaired by the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Michael Bailey and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados.”
Cummins said a number of protocols are in place and all passengers are required to have valid PCR test results three days in advance of their arrival.
“There will be testing which takes place on board the ships to ensure people remain safe, but there are multiple different scenarios, and I want to spend some time describing what that looks like. Everyone is comfortable that we have been robust and thorough in our assessment of what the parameters need to be, what the risks are going to be, and what measures need to be taken,” she said.
She also outlined the plans that have been put in place to receive cruise ships and passengers.
We needed to consider at least three different types of parameters when cruising… . In order to board the aircraft, people will have to pass a negative PCR test before they arrive in Barbados. They will then be taken directly to the port, where they will undergo further screening before embarking on the ship,” she said.
She said that bubble tours will be made available for passengers.