Ferry tickets for the Trinidad-Tobago sea-bridge service would be available for purchase online as of January 1, 2013. This is according to President of the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association, Nicholas Hardwicke.
Hardwicke was speaking with the media after a Tourism Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday. The issue of ticket sales has been a long-standing one because of the challenges passengers face in acquiring tickets. The present ticketing arrangements also restricts tourists and other overseas based residents from purchasing tickets before arriving in the country. Passengers have also complained that after spending lengthy periods waiting to purchase tickets, they are then told that no tickets are available for that particular sailing. Hardwicke added that security will also be ramped up at the ports.
Reporting on the upgrades taking place at the cruise ship terminal, Hardiwcke explained that these are expected to be completed by next week. He also noted that the T&T Spirit has been in on dry dock and is expected to be back in service shortly with newly upholstered seats for a comfortable travelling experience.
Meanwhile, the 2012/2013 cruise season which begins next Tuesday is expected to have 29 calls, 4 of which would be in Charlotteville.
According to Secretary of the Division of Tourism and Transportation, Oswald Williams the 2013/2014 cruise season is to see the return of the major cruise line Royal Caribbean which has brought more than 50% tourist arrivals in the past from cruise ships.