Royal Caribbean strengthens ties with Barbados

Royal Caribbean International is strengthening its ties with Barbados through a new strategic partnership with the country’s authorities.

The agreement, which was signed today in Miami, aims to identify employment opportunities for Barbadians aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

According to Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, the recruitment initiative will not only include “typical hotel-style positions” but also entertainment roles, including musicians, choreographers, dancers and more. Again.

“In the Caribbean, we have had a long-standing relationship for a long time. I think this is one of the most formalized deals we put in place,” Bayley commented.

“It’s a testament, not only to the relationship we’ve had (with Barbados) for a long time, but surely also an acknowledgment of what’s happened over the past two years,” he added. mentioning the support of the Barbadian authorities during the pandemic. operational pause.

Royal Caribbean is also looking for ways to deepen commercial relations with the country, through the supply of Barbadian niche products.

“We can improve business that comes to local communities and artisans, not only improving the customer experience, but also improving it for local people, who will have a better opportunity to generate revenue,” Bayley explained.

“We are truly delighted with the strategic partnership we are forging with Royal Caribbean,” said Senator Lisa Cummins, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport.

“It is the strategic partnership that allows us to break down these silos and work together for the benefit of the Barbados destination,” she added.

Royal Caribbean International has also added Bridgetown as a new home port, with the Grandeur of the Seas offering a Southern Caribbean cruise program departing from the port of Barbados for last winter.

The operation returns for the 2022-2023 season, but with a different ship, the Rhapsody of the Seas.

The Vision-class ship arrives in Barbados in November for a series of seven- and 14-night cruises to destinations including Tobago, Bonaire, Martinique, St. Lucia, Colombia and more.