Last week, SeaDream’s leadership team invited travel partners and guests globally to join a webinar where they conducted an open and transparent discussion about future plans and possibilities. Over 700 people attended and were able to ask questions in a live environment and directly to the panel of SeaDream decision makers.
Not only were SeaDream able to explain how we have successfully navigated a brand-new season of voyages in Norway since June, but there was also an open invitation for attendees to ask questions and consider future planning ideas.
One such option being discussed openly is to use Barbados as a base for the UK winter cruising season. With a programme of week-long round-trip voyages embarking and disembarking in Bridgetown, Barbados and visiting places that are currently considered to be safe to the UK government(FCO/DFT). These voyages would visit such ports as St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada – all islands regarded as low-risk for COVID-19.
Proposed voyages would embark at Bridgetown on Sunday, call at Kingston, St Vincent (Monday), Port Elizabeth, Bequia (Tuesday and overnight), Canouan Island (Wednesday), Mayreau (Thursday), St George’s, Grenada (Friday), Tobago Cays and Union Island (Saturday), and disembark in Barbados (Sunday).
Barbados has excellent direct air links from UK airports and could therefore become a strong option for those guests that just want to get away at sea this year. This flight route is already popular in the UK with many travellers visiting Barbados, so much so that British Airways will add another daily-direct flight in November.
And in terms of COVID-19 testing, it was confirmed that all passengers would be tested by SeaDream when they embark in Barbados. PCR testing with very fast results and equally fast testing of all passengers onboard. SeaDream has had experience in handling COVID-19 onboard protocols since June during a very successful Norway programme, where electrostatic fogging of luggage and public areas, removal of self-service and UV-C treatment of accommodations after nightly turn-down service is standard.
The mood is certainly supporting of such a programme, which would see SeaDream offering a ‘Barbados Bubble’ season throughout the winter and to some of the most beautiful islands of the region and most importantly, places that will offer a very warm welcome to SeaDream guests.
It’s also important to remember that any new bookings on such a season will be protected by our unique ‘Ultimate Booking Assurance’ where we have worked hard to remove any perceived risks of booking a voyage with us.