Trinidad anticipates surge in cruise passenger traffic

   October 6, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Trinidad anticipates a notable surge in cruise passenger traffic for the upcoming season (October 2023 through April 2024). Tourism authorities on the island are optimistic about the expected growth in passenger arrivals.

The season starts with the arrival of Seabourn Pursuit on October 11. Initial estimates indicate that Trinidad is poised to welcome just ~90,000 passengers plus ~30,000 crew during the season. This projection represents an 81% increase in passenger numbers compared to the previous season.

The upcoming season will see 10 maiden port visits and 5 new cruise brands debuting in Trinidad - Seabourn, Viking OCEAN, Victoria Cruises, Silversea, and Salen Ship Management (Sweden).

To provide context, last season Trinidad hosted 48243 passengers from 29 ship calls at Port-of-Spain.

According to Carla Cupid, CEO of Tourism Trinidad, "employment opportunities flourished as the cruise season unfolded."

"Local guides, tour operators, taxi drivers, craft vendors and service personnel played a pivotal role in ensuring an unforgettable experience for cruise passengers.

“This surge in employment not only provided income for individuals but also fostered skills development and contributed to the growth of the local tourism sector.”