The cruise ship Ventura docked at Port Kingstown (internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – MV Ventura, one of the largest cruise ship yet built specifically for U.K. passengers, made a 10-hour call at Port Kingstown yesterday with 3,026 passengers onboard.

A Ministry of Tourism media release quoted a British passenger who toured Kingstown during the call as saying he enjoyed the trip and would visit this country again.

Earlier this year, Minister of Tourism Saboto Caesar attended the 18th Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show in Puerto Rico, where more than 1,000 cruise industry partners came together with 100 Cruise Executives from the FCCA Member Lines to share ideas and discuss industry trends.

At the Trade Show, Caesar had consultations with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines who pledged to give technical assistance for this to have a better planned, structured and conceived cruise product.

The minister is optimistic that this country, as a destination, will be able to achieve significant growth in the medium to long term, once the relationship between the private and the public sector continues to evolve positively, the release said.

Caesar, who is also Minister of Industry, noted that in the medium term, the strategy for the cruise sub sector is for it to play a more significant role in the diversified tourism product that the country is building.

Mein Schiff, another cruise ship is scheduled to make its inaugural visit to this country on Sunday.

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