Finish cruise ship returns for fourth visit
How envious must have been the relatives and friends of the 332 passengers on board the Finnish cruise ship, Kristina Katarina, which docked at the Trinidad port on Carnival Tuesday.
It was the fourth time the vessel had visited for the year, the result of efforts by the Tourism Development Company Ltd (TDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to encourage more cruise ship visits.
While it was a balmy 77 degrees Celcius in Port of Spain on Carnival Tuesday, it was a frigid -3 degrees in Helsinki.
Other than enjoying the weather, the passengers and crew, which included very young people and retirees, got a chance to sample the exciting sights and sounds of Trinidad Carnival before later in the day experiencing a different kind of enjoyment at Maracas Beach and moving on to Tobago for Ash Wednesday.
The ship’s debut visit on Jan. 16 was the first for a Finnish cruise ship in the Eastern Caribbean.
It was the fruit of discussions that began three years ago between ship representatives and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourism Development Company and the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
A similar delegation is scheduled to meet Royal Caribbean cruise lines in Florida on March 5.
TDC chairman Rajiv Shandilya said the organization is working to increase the number of cruise ship arrivals to the country.