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Balmoral bring 1,778 visitors to Trinidad

Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe conducted the time honoured tradition of crest exchange with the captain of the MV Balmoral, Master Lars Kjelden, during the vessel?s maiden call to the Port of Port of Spain this week. Discussions are ongoing to rebuild the relationship for a renewed interest in Trinidad. Sister ships, however, continue to make calls to Tobago.

Owned and operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the MV Balmoral set sail from Southampton, England, carrying 1,778 British and UK passengers.

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It is the largest of Fred Olsen?s four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across the cruise fleet.

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Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites.

During the crest exchange ceremony on board the vessel, Cudjoe extended a warm and hearty welcome to the captain, passengers and crew to Trinidad.

?This development is very exciting for our tourism sector and we look forward to further enhancing the relationship with the Fred Olsen Cruise Line, one of the leaders in the cruise industry,? she said.

Kjelden thanked the minister, representatives from the Port Authority of T&T, ship?s agent and others present for the warm welcome on behalf of his passengers and crew.

Disembarking passengers engaged in a range of pre-arranged tours including tours of Port of Spain, Caroni Bird Sanctuary and Las Cuevas and a visit to the Starliff panyard to witness pan tuning first-hand and enjoy sweet pan music as well as a cultural showcase at City Hall.

The cruise industry is the fastest growing segment of the worldwide leisure travel market; experiencing an average passenger growth rate of 7.4 per cent per annum since 1980.

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For the 2017/2018 cruise season, T&T will be experiencing positive arrival numbers; 75 calls in Tobago and in Trinidad 24 calls.

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Last year T&T welcomed 29 calls.

The Ministry of Tourism has been actively laying the groundwork to develop additional cruise shipping revenue streams.

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