Grandeur of the Seas.

People looking to sail the seas for leisure when the dangers of COVID-19 have ceased will have a choice of boarding a cruise ship much close to home than the usual Florida bases.

Royal Caribbean International has announced that Barbados will be the “home” of Grandeur of the Seas from the winter season.

However, T&T nationals choosing this option will have to be prepared to visit home, as the cruise line is adding calls to Trinidad and Tobago in its three, seven and 14-night itineraries.

“We are excited to grow our longstanding partnership with Barbados and introduce Bridgetown as Royal Caribbean’s newest homeport,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

“The pink-sand beaches and unexpected adventures across Barbados also make it an ideal destination for our guests to experience even more of the Caribbean charm and culture before or after their cruise.”

Royal Caribbean said it recognised Barbados for its rich history and hospitable people.

Scarborough, Tobago will be the first stop in the seven-night Southern Caribbean Island Hop, followed by Port-of-Spain, before it moves on to Grenada, St Vincent, Dominica and St Lucia.

Trinidad will be the last stop on a 7-night Southern Caribbean Adventure before the ship returns to Barbados and Port-of-Spain is also included in the 14-night Ultimate Caribbean cruise, which will also include stops in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, together with other Caribbean countries.