First cruise ship visits mainland  St Vincent for 2013 tourist season
November 12, 2013

First cruise ship visits mainland St Vincent for 2013 tourist season

The cruise ship Ventura, which hosts over 3,600 passengers, and a crew of more than 2,500, made a stop at port Kingstown yesterday.{{more}}

The visit was the first port call to mainland St Vincent, since the tourist season began in earnest earlier this month. Other cruise liners have already visited the Grenadine islands of Bequia, Canouan, Union Island and Mayreau/ Tobago Cays.

Yesterday’s call by the Ventura is the first of five visits that the ship is expected to make, according to information received from the Ministry of Tourism. It is expected to return on December 9, January 6, February 3, and March 3.

Agents for the Ventura, Corea & Co, said in a release that the Ventura has been visiting these shores for over five years.

“It is one of the most anticipated cruise ships as it brings the most passengers at any one time,” the release said.

According to Corea & Co, many passengers bought tour packages and took in the various sights and places mainland St Vincent has to offer.

Michelle Forsyth, Tour Coordinator for Corea & Co stated that the company has always looked forward to this time of the year. Moreover, she stated that it is her responsibility to ensure that those persons who opt to do tours through Corea & Co have a memorable experience coupled with superior service.

According to the ministry, 146 port call ships are anticipated in St Vincent and the Grenadines this season, with 29 coming to mainland, 44 going to Bequia, 43 to Mayreau, 20 to the Tobago Cays, nine to Union Island and one to Canouan.

One ship, the Balmoral, is expected to make its inaugural visit to Port Kingstown on November 23.

While here, the tourists and crew are expected to visit the various sites and attractions around St Vincent and the Grenadines, including the Botanic Gardens, Dark View Falls and Black Point Tunnel, as well as trips to the beaches, and for whale watching.(JJ)