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October 2022: Everything to Watch on Streaming & in Theaters

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The spookiest month of the year is upon us. With the arrival of October comes a new array of TV shows and films — some of them horror-themed, some of them of the prestige kind, some of them simple guilty pleasures.

Here, we tell you what’s new on streaming when it comes to film and TV, what shows are returning for new seasons, and what movies you’ll only be able to watch on the big screen — for now. If you want even more titles, take a look at our Coming Soon lists for September and August . And don’t forget our roundup of everything the entire fall movie season has in store for us . 

Some of October’s Most Anticipated New Shows

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Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire (October 2), AMC and AMC+: The Anne Rice universe is getting the prestige TV treatment with the release of Interview With the Vampire this fall and Mayfair Witches in early 2023. Starring Jacob Anderson ( Game of Thrones ) as Louis de Pointe du Lac, the character Brad Pitt played in the 1994 movie, and Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt, Tom Cruise’s character , this new adaptation of Rice’s tale features the author as an executive producer. Creator Rolin Jones ( Perry Mason ) has described the show as a gothic romance between the two main characters. And, unlike the movie, the show will openly approach queer sexuality and relationships.

Sherwood (October 4), BritBox: File this under one of the many, many projects Lesley Manville is headlining this year alongside the movie Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris , the PBS Masterpiece Magpie Murders — more on that in a bit — the new retelling of Dangerous Liaisons and the upcoming season of The Crown . But first: Sherwood . Inspired by real-life events, the six-episode first season of Sherwood tells the story of two murders in the industrial villages around the titular place. “Old wounds are reopened and the town is engulfed in tension and fear. Soon everyone is under suspicion, neighbors are turning on neighbors, and no one can be trusted — especially not the authorities,” says the BritBox synopsis. David Morrissey and Joanne Froggatt round out the cast. 

Alaska Daily (October 6), ABC and Hulu: Tom McCarthy ( Spotlight ) created and executive produces this drama series spotlighting journalism and starring Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald. She’s an award-winning investigative journalist who leaves New York and her high-profile career there to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage. 

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Let the Right One in (October 9), Showtime: This 10-episode drama series is inspired by the original Swedish novel and 2008 film of the same name. It stars Mexican actor Demián Bichir as Mark and Madison Taylor Baez as his daughter Eleanor. Their lives were forever changed 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. “Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive,” reads the Showtime logline. 

Shantaram (October 14), Apple TV+: Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam returns to TV after several movie projects ( Crimson Peak , King Arthur: Legend of the Sword , The Gentlemen ) with this 12-episode series set in 1980s Bombay. In Shantaram, he plays Lin Ford. He’s a fugitive seeking refuge and anonymity in the Indian city. There, he’ll fall for the mysterious Karla (Antonia Desplat) and be forced to choose between independence and the many complications love can entail sometimes. 

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High School (October 14), Amazon Freevee: Based on the memoir of the same name by Canadian indie pop musicians and identical twins Tegan and Sara , High School tells the story of how the sisters found their identity during the grunge-infused ´90s. Tegan and Sara Quin serve here as executive producers. The show is co-written by Clea DuVall ( Happiest Season ) and Laura Kittrell ( Insecure ), who also serve as co-showrunners. Sara and Tegan are played respectively in the show by the identical twins and newcomer actresses Seazynn and Railey Gilliland.

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Magpie Murders (October 16), PBS: Here comes the second title starring Lesley Manville this October. In Magpie Murders , the ubiquitous Manville plays Susan Ryeland, a London literary agent who loves her work, her red vintage convertible car and her independence. She’s working with one of the agency’s most complicated — but also most popular — authors, Alan Conway (Conleth Hill), when he turns up dead. And what’s worse, his last murder-mystery manuscript is missing its last chapter. What could be worse than a whodunnit without the ending?

From Scratch (October 21), Netflix: Inspired by the memoir of the same name , this eight-episode series stars Zoe Saldaña as Amy, an American student spending time in Italy. There she meets and falls in love with the Sicilian chef Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea) and they move to Los Angeles. “Their whirlwind romance faces many unforeseen challenges, including their very different cultural backgrounds; true to real life, it is also infused with lightheartedness and moments of humor that exist alongside the more serious ones. But when Lino is faced with unimaginable health challenges and the couple’s future is threatened, the two families come together to create an extended family unlike any they could have imagined, proving that love crosses all borders,” reads the Netflix synopsis.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (October 25), Netflix: This eight-episode anthology series makes the perfect Halloween release. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, lover of all monstrous things, curates a collection of stories that push the boundaries of what’s horror. Two of the tales are written by del Toro himself, who personally chose the other episodes’ writers and directors. 

Must-See Returning TV on Streaming

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The Walking Dead , Season 11 Part 3 (October 2) AMC and AMC+: AMC’s long-lasting zombie show is coming to an end for good. The eight-episode third part of season 11 is finally here after the second chunk of the season debuted last February. You don’t really have to say goodbye to all TWD characters though, as AMC has already confirmed an untitled spinoff starring Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon. 

Derry Girls , Season 3 (October 7) Netflix: “Change may finally be coming to Northern Ireland. But the high school hardships of Erin [Saoirse-Monica Jackson] and her friends show no signs of letting up,” reads the Netflix logline for this teen comedy set in Northern Ireland in the 1990s and created by Lisa McGee. Bridgerton ’s Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell round out the cast of precocious teens. 

Miss Scarlet and the Duke , Season 2 (October 16), PBS: Murder mystery fans with a thing for Victorian-era London need not search further. Kate Phillips returns as Eliza Scarlet, an independent and intelligent woman who tries to find a profession in an unlikely place for women at the time: private investigation. Stuart Martin plays Scotland Yard Inspector and Eliza’s longtime friend William “The Duke” Wellington. They both end up entangled in a series of mysteries, as this show is of the case-of-the-week variety, while still very much doing the whole “Will They or Won’t They?” dance.

The White Lotus , Season 2 (October 30), HBO Max: After dominating the last edition of the Emmys in the best limited series or miniseries category with 10 wins, here, somewhat paradoxically, comes the seven-episode second season of Mike White’s satire The White Lotus . Emmy Award-winning Jennifer Coolidge returns as fan favorite Tanya, but the new season takes the viewer into the lives of new guests and staff members of a White Lotus resort in Sicily. Set over a seven-day span, the show also stars F. Murray Abraham ( Amadeus ), Michael Imperioli ( The Sopranos ), Theo James ( Sanditon ) and Aubrey Plaza ( Parks and Recreation ).

Movies on Streaming

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Here, we’ve included a selection of films that will debut exclusively on streaming, both on streaming and in theaters simultaneously, as well as movies that first premiered in theaters and are now available digitally. 

Hellraiser (October 7), Hulu: This remake of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror film of the same name stars Sense8 lead Jamie Clayton as Pinhead and Odessa A’zion as the young protagonist. “A young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension,” reads the Hulu synopsis.

Catherine Called Birdie (October 7), Prime Video: Girls creator and protagonist Lena Dunham directs this film set in 1290 and starring Bella Ramsay ( Game of Thrones ) as Birdy, the youngest offspring of Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott) and Lady Aislinn (Billie Piper). Her father wants to marry her off with the intention of getting money and land in exchange. But she manages to get rid of her suitors in the most ingenious ways. 

Rosaline (October 14), Hulu: Meet Romeo’s ex. Kaitlyn Dever ( Booksmart , Unbelievable ) plays Rosaline, Romeo’s (Kyle Allen) former girlfriend before he went and met Juliet (Isabela Merced) — who also happens to be Rosaline’s cousin. Rosaline will go to many lengths to get Romeo back and sabotage his relationship with Juliet. Directed by Karen Maine ( Starstruck ), this rom-com twists William Shakespeare’s classic tale about the famous star-crossed lovers. 

Halloween Ends (October 14), theaters and Peacock: Those who want to know the fate of Jaime Lee Curtis’ scream queen in the Halloween franchise can tune in to this thirteenth installment in the Halloween franchise. This is the final film in the so-called H40 trilogy that started with the 2018 film Halloween and continued with Halloween Kills in 2019.

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The School for Good and Evil (October 19), Netflix: Paul Feig of Bridesmaids fame directs this film adaptation of the fantasy series of young adult books by Soman Chainani . “In the village of Gavaldon, two misfits and best friends, Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie), share the unlikeliest of bonds. Sophie, a golden-haired seamstress, dreams of escaping her dreary life to become a princess, while Agatha, with her grim aesthetic and offbeat mother, has the makings of a real witch. One night under a blood red moon, a powerful force sweeps them away to the School for Good and Evil — where the true stories behind every great fairy tale begin,” reads the Netflix synopsis. Charlize Theron plays Lady Lesso, in charge of the School for Evil, while Kerry Washington is Professor Dovey, who runs the School for Good. Michelle Yeoh and Laurence Fishburne round out the cast.

Raymond & Ray (October 21), Apple TV+: Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García ( In Treatment ) writes and directs this story about two half-brothers, Raymond (Ewan McGregor) and Ray (Ethan Hawke) who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. But his funeral presents the siblings with a chance to reinvent themselves. The film also stars Sophie Okonedo ( Slow Horses ) and Spanish actress Maribel Verdú ( Y tu mamá también ).

The Good Nurse (October 26) Netflix: Directed by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm ( Another Round ) and based on true events and the true crime book by Charles Graeber , this thriller stars Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. Chastain plays Amy, a nurse and single mother. She works in an ICU with fellow nurse Charlie (Redmayne) and they become friends. But a series of mysterious patient deaths triggers an investigation that points to Charlie as the main suspect. Amy will be forced to help uncover the truth.

And a Few Movies You’ll Only Be Able to Watch in Theaters

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TÁR (October 7): Cate Blanchett stars here as Lydia Tár, the conductor of a major German orchestra. She’s at the height of her career, in the midst of a book launch and preparing a live performance of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. “Over the ensuing weeks, her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. The result is a searing examination of power, and its impact and durability in today’s society,” reads the Focus Features synopsis. 

Amsterdam (October 7):  After a post- Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle break, David O. Russell returns as writer and director of this comedic drama set in the early 1930s. Studio 20th Century describes the film as “an original crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history. A fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience.” Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington star as the three friends at the center of this story.

Triangle of Sadness (October 7): Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund ( Force Majeure , The Square ) writes and directs this new social satire which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival this year. “Social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival,” reads the Neon synopsis of the film.

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TILL (October 14): Chinonye Chukwu ( Clemency ) directs this film based on true events, which tells the story of Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) and his mother Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler). The 14-year-old Emmett was lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. Mamie would then embark on a quest for justice for her son.

Black Adam (October 21): Dwayne Johnson makes his superhero debut in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) as Black Adam. Catalan filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra ( Jungle Cruise ) directs this story of an antihero with the powers of the ancient gods who was imprisoned but is now freed. He’s ready to impart his justice on the modern world.

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Ticket to Paradise (October 21): George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen once again with this rom-com directed and co-written by Ol Parker ( Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ). Divorced couple Georgia (Roberts) and David (Clooney) travel to Bali to attend their daughter Lily’s (Kaitlyn Dever) wedding. They both can’t agree on anything and pretty much hate each other’s guts, but they can see eye to eye on one thing: Lily shouldn’t marry so young and throw away everything else like they did. So they decide to partner up and try to trick her into dumping her fiancé. 

The Banshees of Inisherin (October 21): British-Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh ( In Bruges ) writes and directs this quintessential Irish story set in 1923, during the Irish Civil War. “Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavors to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences,” reads the Searchlight Pictures synopsis. 

Armageddon Time (October 28): James Gray ( Ad Astra ) gets personal, writing and directing a coming-of-age story set during the presidential election of 1980 and in his native New York City. The star-studded cast includes Jeremy Strong, Jessica Chastain, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.

Call Jane (October 28): Carol ’s Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy makes her feature directorial debut with this story inspired by true events and set in Chicago in 1968. It stars Elizabeth Banks as Joy, a suburban housewife who finds herself pregnant again but suffering from a life-threatening heart condition this time. Due to Illinois’ laws at the time, she’s forced to look for an alternative solution if she wants to terminate her pregnancy and save her life. That puts her in contact with an underground group of activist women who provide much-needed healthcare to pregnant people in need. Sigourney Weaver and Wumni Mosaku round out the cast of this movie, which makes for the perfect companion piece to one of our favorite film documentaries of the year, The Janes on HBO.


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Cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados

Hotel packages one night pre/post.

Planning a cruise from Barbados? Enhance your vacation with an extra day before or after your cruise with a hotel stay. Relax and unwind with a cocktail on the beach and discover the distinct flavors and spices of the Caribbean that abound in the Bajan cuisine when you choose to enhance your cruise vacation with a hotel stay on the island.

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These hotels packages offer longer stays. Lounging on a beach, swimming with turtles, and soaking up the Caribbean sun are just some of the things you can be doing during your stay. Also, did we mention that two of these properties are all-inclusive?

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Things To Do in Bridgetown

Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados


Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.

Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados

Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.

Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados


Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.

Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.

Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

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Cruises to Bridgetown, Barbados

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Bridgetown Barbados Port Guide

On your Barbados cruise, you’ll dock in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados and an important port city in the Caribbean. What’s not to love about Barbados? Miles of sandy beaches, turquoise island waters, and an abundance of plantations and historic sites to tour mean you’ll find plenty to occupy you during your time here. Be sure to try traditional Barbadian dishes like cou cou and macaroni pie, and make time to enjoy a rum tasting or distillery tour.

Children and families will be captivated by protected species like the West African green monkey at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. You can head east to Bathsheba for plentiful chances to snorkel, surf, and dive. If your cruise ship docks in Bridgetown, be sure to stop in the numerous shops and boutiques in the historic downtown and visit sites memorializing British rule over the island. On your Caribbean cruise , Bridgetown stands out. It’s colorful, historic, and laid back, and the rest of Barbados is easily accessible by car or taxi.

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Top sights & attractions for cruises to bridgetown, historic bridgetown.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, and the city recently became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. While on your Barbados cruise here, walk the winding streets (built naturally instead of in a typical grid system), tour the area’s Parliament House, and visit the British colonial garrison. There’s plenty in Bridgetown to take up an entire day, from historic sites to languid buffet-style lunches at spots like Brown Sugar or The Balcony.

Harrison’s Cave

Take an underground tram to reach these caves. As one of Barbados’ most popular attractions, these limestone caves are unlike anything else in the region. The walking paths outside of the caves paint a picture of Barbados’ lush landscape, while the cave stream itself is a perfect excursion for nature lovers and geology experts.

St. Nicholas Abbey

This former sugar plantation now offers tours of its steam mill as well as tastings from its rum distillery, making for a perfect 2-3 hour afternoon tour of the abbey. Walk through the plantation gardens, enjoying the local flora. The last tour goes out at 3:30 pm, and the abbey is closed on Saturdays.

George Washington House

George Washington stayed at this historic home in 1751, when he was just 19 years old. Today, a tour of the house is well worth a visit, and will give you a sense of Bridgetown’s history from hundreds of years ago, including how underground tunnels beneath the house were used for very interesting purposes.

St. Michael’s Cathedral

While on your cruise to Barbados, you can’t miss St. Michael’s Cathedral in the center of Bridgetown, where the Anglican church still has weekend and weekday services. U.S. President George Washington once went to a church service here in the 18th century. The church dates back to the 1600s and has been built and rebuilt over the centuries.

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Top things to do in bridgetown, go swimming with turtles.

While you’re on your Barbados cruise, take a catamaran offered variety of other tour operators in Bridgetown. Swim with leatherback turtles in Barbados’ crystal waters. Turtle watching and swimming is a popular day-long activity with cruise passengers because it combines time in the water with stops at historic shipwrecks for snorkeling as well as snacks and drinks.

Marvel at Protected Animals at Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Drive less than 45 minutes north of Bridgetown for a day among protected species and lush forest. Home to green monkeys, snakes, various bird species, and many others, kids and families will love seeing these animals walking freely through the habitat. The best time to see the animals is at their lunchtime around 2pm each day.

Enjoy Barbados’ Many Beaches

There’s an abundance of beaches on the island, almost too many to choose from, but each has its own vibe. Crane Beach has strong waves and turquoise water, but it’s better for activities like snorkeling and swimming, or head to Bathsheba less than an hour from Bridgetown for excellent surfing waters and a more rugged shorefront. If you want to stay here the port in Bridgetown, there’s Brownes, where shipwrecks in the area mean there’s plenty for divers and snorkelers to see underwater.

Take a Drive Along the Island’s East Coast

Take a drive or a taxi tour towards Bathsheba, Barbados, where you’ll hit the east coast of the island in no time. Stop in small fishing villages or enjoy the unique beaches here, which are characterized by jutting rock formations. It’s a more rugged landscape here than in Bridgetown, so you shouldn’t miss it for a complete picture of the island.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Bridgetown Cruise Port

Cuz’s Fish Shack

Address: 39JR+R6 Pebbles Beach Bridgetown, Barbados

Look for this casual blue sandwich stand near Pebbles Beach for tasty fish sandwiches that receive rave reviews from visitors. The shack has been serving the area for nearly 70 years. It closes at 3pm, or whenever the fresh catches of the day run out. Try their signature sandwich, a fish and cheese cutter.

Brown Sugar Restaurant

Address: Bay St., Bridgetown, Barbados

When you’re feeling particularly peckish, head to Brown Sugar for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. The buffet is comprehensive, featuring local dishes like macaroni pie, Bajan fish cakes, baked plantains, and dessert favorites like coconut cream pie and rum balls.

The Balcony

Address: Broad St., Bridgetown, Barbados

When you’re done exploring historic downtown and Broad Street, take a lunch break at The Balcony, which is another lunch buffet spot in Bridgetown serving traditional Caribbean fare. Get the flying fish here, or take a break from fish to enjoy one of their beef or chicken dishes. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food won’t break the bank.

Address: The Boardwalk Main Road, Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados

For a more upscale dining experience in Bridgetown, take a seat on the boardwalk for lunch or dinner at Tapas, a wine bar and restaurant where the waterfront views add to the charm. You’ll find an extensive tapas menu and a great wine list, in addition to dinner menu items like spaghetti al mare, seared tuna, lamb shank, and more.

Culture & History of the Bridgetown Cruise Port

European colonization came to Barbados in the 16th century, but before that, the area was home to the native Arawaks and the Caribs. Barbados is heavily influenced by West African culture and the effects of over 300 years of British occupation. The region’s profitable sugar cane trade was built by the slave trade, but it took until 1834 for slavery to finally be abolished in Barbados. In 1838, former slaves celebrated their full freedom in the streets of Barbados by singing and dancing folk songs. In 1966, Barbados was declared a constitutional monarchy.

Barbados is known for its unique culinary offerings too, from macaroni pie, cou cou, fish cakes, and other regional delicacies must be experienced while on your Barbados cruise. They take their food and drink seriously, whether those are cheap eats downtown or spending time at one of Bridgetown’s many rum shops. Food is a huge part of the culture here.

Bridgetown Port Facilities & Location

You’ll find standard cruise port amenities here like free WiFi throughout the port, an information desk, and duty-free shopping for souvenirs. Within the port, there’s an area for tour guides to set up so passengers can purchase tours and depart from the port with their tour group. There are now over 60 businesses and shops located within the port. Bridgetown’s port welcomes you to Barbados with a festive, lively atmosphere, sometimes including performances from entertainers.

Transportation in Bridgetown

While on a cruise to Barbados, know that there are a variety of ways to get around once you’re there. Downtown Bridgetown is about a mile away from the cruise port. Taxis tend to be inexpensive in Barbados except during rush hour, and there will be taxi drivers waiting to pick up passengers outside the cruise terminal. You can arrange for a taxi to pick you up later, or to take you to multiple destinations. There is also a shuttle service from the port into Bridgetown available for cruise passengers to take.

Shopping Near the Bridgetown Cruise Port

Bridgetown isn’t known for its shopping, but there are still many options for all kinds of offerings. You’ll find duty-free shops near the port, ideal for quick souvenir shopping or if you eye any must-have jewelry or clothing while you’re in the cruise terminal. Shopping on Broad Street is most popular for jewelry and higher-end wares, including a Tiffany and Co. Swan Street is where locals shop for clothing and shoes.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The official currency of the area is the Barbadian dollar (B$), but US dollars are often accepted on the island, particularly at larger institutions like hotels. You’ll find banks along Broad Street, and ATMs are plentiful. At restaurants, your bill will typically already have a 10-15% service charge included, and unless the service was excellent, it’s not required for you to tip additionally. If the service charge isn’t included, leaving a 10% tip is customary. Be sure to establish a fare with a taxi driver before you set off.

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Cruises from Barbados

Barbados is a small island in the Eastern Caribbean. The cruise port is located in the capital, Bridgetown, on the south-western side of the island.

Bridgetown, Barbados is a popular port to start a cruise which voyages to the beautiful islands of the Caribbean. Many UK cruisers choose to fly to Barbados to start their cruise from the heart of the Caribbean.

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Where can I sail to from Barbados?

A variety of exciting itineraries are available with cruises from Barbados, travelling to an array of tropical destinations across the eastern and western regions of the Caribbean. Visit the stunning island of Antigua, where 365 immaculate beaches offer the perfect place to relax in the sunshine. A trip to St Lucia will be rewarded with views of lush and verdant scenery, both along the coast and further inland, where majestic waterfalls and mountains create a spectacular and exotic setting. Iconic island nations such as Jamaica and Cuba are also available on cruises from Barbados, so make the most of the opportunity to experience the unique culture and colourful character of these wonderful countries while you have the chance

The Caribbean is home to a multitude of picturesque island destinations and a Caribbean cruise will only begin to scratch the surface. From St Kitts, St Maarten and St Vincent and the Grenadines to Bermuda, Dominica and Puerto Rico, you will be spoilt for choice with the impressive range of Caribbean cruise itineraries.

Many cruises from Barbados will also voyage outside of the Caribbean to ports within North, South and Central America. A journey to the tremendous ports of Mexico, such as Cozumel, is a fantastic way to experience Central American culture. Alternatively, voyage further south to Brazil and experience the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro amongst other South American destinations. Some cruises from Barbados will also call in North American ports, such as New York, where travellers will get the chance to spend time in a world-famous city and observe countless iconic landmarks and impressive architecture.

On cruises from Barbados, you will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, setting sail from an exotic and enchanting port to call at some of the world’s most beautiful destinations throughout the Caribbean and its neighbouring regions.

Things to do in Barbados

This white-sanded paradise is a beach-lover's dream. But if you thought that your days in Barbados would be limited to lying horizontally and sipping Pina Coladas you'd be mistaken. Bridgetown is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with historic sites to explore. A walking tour of Bridgetown will take you to St Michael's Cathedral, the Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue, the Parliament Buildings and Lord Nelson's statue in the National Heroes Square. 

Barbados is a lush tropical island, with a dense Caribbean jungle filled with fascinating exotic plants and wildlife such as green monkeys. Nature lovers will enjoy the Andromeda Botanic Gardens and the lush oasis of Hunte's Garden. The magnificent Baobab Tree is a must-see on a visit to Queen's Park - it's so huge that it takes 15 people to stretch their arms around its trunk!

If you're visiting Barbados in late July or early August you'll be there for carnival season. Caribbean carnivals are events like no other - the colourful costumes, lively beats and delicious street food make for an atmosphere that's simply out of this world.

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Before setting sail across the Caribbean Sea aboard your elegant cruise vessel, you should consider arriving in Barbados early to thoroughly experience this idyllic island destination. Spend time relaxing on the many pristine beaches in the wonderfully warm climate, or take a dip in the crystal clear ocean waters to cool off. Barbados’ vibrant culture is also worth experiencing, so take time to appreciate the range of historic buildings and fascinating museums found all over the island. Cruises from Barbados offer the ideal chance to explore this marvellous archipelago before you set sail, so think about arriving early to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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