Trinidad Emerging As Fast-Growing Caribbean Cruise Destination
PHOTO: Filled with natural beauty, Trinidad is among the Caribbean’s fastest growing cruise destinations. (Photo by Brian Major).
The tiny dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has emerged as the Caribbean’s fastest-growing cruise destination in 2015, with a whopping increase of 104 percent in cruise passenger arrivals to date over 2014.
Trinidad reached a high-water mark in the first half of this year, hosting 44,949 cruise ship passengers between January and June, more than double the 22,033 shipboard vacationers who visited the destination during the same period in 2014.
Overall, Trinidad hosted 42,820 cruise ship passengers for all of 2014, a 30.1 percent increase over the 32,915 cruise vacationers who visited the destination in 2013.
The southern Caribbean country is scheduled to host more than 16 ships and 30,000 cruise vacationers during the peak 2015-2016 cruise season, which begins in November.
Trinidad tourism officials expect cruise arrivals to increase by 56 percent between November and May of 2016. Cruise ships calling at Trinidad for the first time during the upcoming season will include MSC Cruises’ 2,000-passenger MSC Orchestra.
During the upcoming cruise season, the Tourism Development Company (TDC) of Trinidad & Tobago will deploy guides around the cruise ship terminal in Trinidad’s capital city of Port-of-Spain to assist visiting passengers.
Local tourism ambassadors will also be positioned at the cruise port and in the streets of Port of Spain to assist passengers with maps and information on local points of interest.
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