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The Scarlet Lady ship made its first call to Grand Turk this year.
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Turks and Caicos Keeps Up Strong Cruise Growth 

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - October 1, 2023

The Turks and Caicos Islands continues to show strong growth in cruise passenger traffic, according to newly-released numbers from the destination’s tourism officials. 

Turks and Caicos’ cruise industry is centered in the port of Grand Turk, which has welcomed 143 ships so far this year, a 10.9 percent increase compared to the previous year. 

That included a total of 491,806 cruise passenger arrivals — a 51.7 percent increase in visits to the island. 

The United States continues to dominate cruise arrivals, accounting for 444,832 arrivals of that total, itself a 90 percent increase. 

Canadian cruise visitors totaled 27,228 so far in 2023, a 5.54 percent increase. 

Two ships made their first-ever stops in Grand Turk this year: Carnival Venezia and Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady. 

The growth “underlines Grand Turk’s appeal and commitment to attracting and accommodating travelers from different backgrounds and regions,” the government said in a statement. 

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