With a population of just over 100,000, Bridgetown is a small but lovely city in the tropical island nation of Barbados. It is a popular port of call for cruise ships and home to some interesting historical and cultural attractions, as well as the famous duty-free shopping.
Visitor hotspots include the Barbados Museum, St. Mary's Church, the National Heroes Square, the Neo-Gothic parliament buildings and the Independence Arch. The Malibu Rum Factory is also a favourite! Most sights are within walking distance of each other, and taxis or buses can get you to those more distant.
Bridgetown cruise lines and destinations
You can cruise from Bridgetown with P&O UK, a line based in Britain and offering a somewhat British style of cruising in both family-friendly and adults-only ships. There are also various other lines which offer departures there on occasion, including small-ship luxury lines like Silversea. Other major cruise lines which occasionally pass through the area include cruises with Australasia's P&O cruise line, Princess cruises, Celebrity cruises and cruises with Royal Caribbean or Carnival.
A cruise leaving from Bridgetown is well-placed for a Southern Caribbean journey. Destinations close by include Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and the Virgin Islands. Many itineraries also venture further afield to the Turks and Caicos, Caymans and various other Caribbean islands, or even south to port cities on the South American mainland.
Bridgetown cruise port
Ships visiting or departing Bridgetown tie up around a mile west of downtown, at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal. It is home to a wide range of duty free shops, a tourist information desk, internet services, phones and all the necessary passenger processing facilities.
There is an inexpensive shuttle service from the terminal to downtown Bridgetown, and taxis are also quite cheap - you can even walk into town along the boardwalk. The international airport is nearly 20 kilometres from the terminal.