In an environment of soaring air fares a Trinidadian entrepeneur has taken up the challenge of providing affordable inter island transport.
The “Caribbean Rose”, as it is called, has been refurbished including installing more cabins in Canada after it was decommissioned from its run among ports in Eastern Canadian provinces. It can carry 300 passengers, both in cabins and seating arrangements. There is also room for 55 vehicles and 400 tonnes of general cargo. Cabin charges per person per night will probably be in the vicinity of US$10 to $15. Meals will be available from an onboard cafeteria. Passages between the islands would be made mainly at night.
According to the stories the “Caribbean Rose” will run between Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vicnent, Trinidad, Margarita, Venezuela and possibly Dominica. Mr. James has already identified shipping agents in the targetted territories.
Mr. James says that he is trying to reduce the “red tape” involved in getting person to bring their car along for their visit. We on the margin wish him well and hope that the powers that be don’t suddenly devise a new departure tax at the sea port!
It has now been more than six months since we posted this article and the Caribbean Rose is yet to put in an appearance (at least in Barbados)