Tobago: The 2022/23 cruise season has officially begun in Tobago with the arrival of Silversea Cruises’ vessel, the Silver Moon, at the Scarborough Port with 1,040 passengers on November 20, 2022.
The Port of Scarborough was transformed into a hub of cultural activity yesterday, as disembarking passengers from the Silver Moon were warmly greeted by local entertainers, various cultural performers, artisans and other tourist industry stakeholders.
This was the ship’s maiden voyage to Destination Tobago, and its arrival with 1,040 passengers and crew signalled the official start of the island’s 2022-2023 Cruise Ship Season.
Secretary of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation, Councillor Tashia Burris, along with other Division and Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL) representatives, were on site to mark the occasion.
While the Tobago Performing Arts Company and drummers from the Culture Department welcomed the visitors with a cultural showcase, Secretary Burris expressed how delighted she was that the island’s borders were finally fully opened to international visitors, with the first arrivals via the Silver Moon.
“The road to fully reopening has been a long and hard one, but we are excited to be once again able to welcome our returning and first-time cruise visitors to the greatest little island on the planet.
“Now is the time for us to grasp all the opportunities available to grow this sector into one that can bring robust and viable returns to our local economy. The cruise ship industry is vital to our goal of welcoming 100,000 international visitors to our shores. We will continue to aggressively market our island, improve our attractions and product offerings and pursue cruise shipping business so that Tobago can become one of the top cruise destinations in the Caribbean,” Secretary Burris said.
The Secretary also commended the stakeholders who have undertaken tremendous work to ensure that all systems are in place for a very successful season. These include the Port Authority, TTAL, DoTCAT, the ground transport associations, Port Health and the Division of Health, Customs and Immigration, the Tour Operators Associations and cruise agent Carvalho’s Agencies.
A total of 42 vessels, with a projection of approximately 64,000 passengers, are expected to call at Scarborough and Charlotteville during the Cruise Ship Season, which runs from November 2022 to April 2023.
The authorities also shared the schedule of the cruise season 2022/23, which started on November 20, 2022 and finished on December 29, 2022. The cruises will be docked at the Scarborough and Charlotteville ports. The schedule are as follows:
- November 20, 2022 – Silver Moon – Scarborough
- November 21, 2022 – Rhapsody of the Seas – Scarborough
- November 23, 2022 – Seven Seas Navigator – Scarborough
- November 28, 2022 – Rhapsody of the Seas – Scarborough
- December 4, 2022 – MV Europa – Scarborough
- December 19, 2022 – Rhapsody of the Seas – Scarborough
- December 20, 2022 – Braemar – Scarborough
- December 27, 2022 – Rhapsody of the Seas – Scarborough
- December 29, 2022 – Seabourn Sojourn – Charlotteville
As per the tourism authorities, the guests will be warmly welcomed by a variety of cultural performers, local artisans and other tourist industry stakeholders.
The Season is scheduled to extend to April 17, 2023 with a number of maiden calls throughout, including today’s call & Rhapsody of The Seas on November 21.
As a destination, we look forward to welcoming cruise visitors once again since the reopening of our borders post-pandemic. Take a look at the November- December cruise ship arrival schedule for Scarborough and Charlotteville ports.