PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Recognized as the largest cruise ship registered in Japan, the awarding-winning NYK Asuka II is currently on a luxurious 100-day World Cruise round-trip from Japan with an extensive South American itinerary and visits to Trinidad, Curacao and Panama.
The arrival of the NYK Asuka II at the Port of Port of Spain was marked by a ceremonial crest exchange between the ship’s Captain, Masami Masuyama, and the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Shamfa Cudjoe.
An indication of Trinidad and Tobago’s growth in the cruise industry, NYK Asuka offers the most comprehensive range of dining, entertainment and relaxation experiences to its passengers. Her amenities include 2 swimming pools, 8 bars, a casino and fitness center as well as a 277-seat theatre.
Addressing the event, Greer Assam, Cruise Specialist at the Tourism Development Company explained, “The inclusion of Trinidad in the NYK Asuka’s 100-day itinerary comes after on-going discussions between the cruise line and Japanese National, Hideyo Morimoto-Craigwell (now a resident of Trinidad and Tobago), whose company Island Buddy is a registered tour operator with the Trinidad and Tobago Tour Operators’ Association (TTITOA).”
Assam continued “The Tourism Development Company (TDC) continues to focus on increased visitor arrivals by promoting the destination for longer vacation stay overs. Consequently, we are having ongoing negotiations with the Asuka II for annual visits commencing in 2017 with the possibility of a two-three-day stay over cruise calls.”
The 500 passengers and 700 crew aboard the luxury cruise line experienced various aspects of Trinidad’s destination offerings including live local entertainment in addition to tours of the City of Port of Spain, Fort George, Angostura House and a steelpan factory, all in a safe and secure environment.
As customary, TDC trained Visitor Guides were strategically positioned at the cruise ship terminal and in the streets of the capital city with maps and information on local points of interest to help passengers make the most of their visit to Trinidad.
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan, the only new musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century. It is also home to one of the world’s top three nesting sites for endangered leatherback turtles and world-class fine-flavored cocoa. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean paradise with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards.
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