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The Cruise Terminal provides services for the use of cruise passengers and crew members. It offers 24 duty free shops, quaint pushcarts, unique Chattel Houses, the Customs, Immigration, Port Health, Plant and Animal Quarantine Services, a Post Office, a communications centre and general information services at the Barbados Tourism Authority
Over 20 large duty-free shops offer a range of items, including jewellery and watches, fine china and crystal, electronic goods and perfumes. Shop in air-conditioned comfort as you purchase tax-free merchandise, at prices typically 30% to 50% less than in Europe and North America. Sixteen colourful pushcarts are located along the center of the aisles where street-style lamps and plants give the impression of being on a Barbadian street. The pushcart vendors retail a range of items, particularly hand crafted objects and even home made cakes, condiments and confectionery.
A tax of US$6 is payable by each passenger arriving at Bridgetown.
November to February is the busiest time for Barbados' Port. As many as five ships arrive on these days. The largest cruise ship we welcome is the Queen Mary 2. On one day, over 10,000 people can pass through our Port.
In 2004, Barbados won the award for Best Cruise Destination in the Caribbean by the World Travel Awards, and also in that same year, a record and unprecedented 721,000 cruise passengers visited Barbados.