January 20, 2003
In an unusual terrorism-oriented spotlight on the Caribbean region,
British-based P&O Cruises has canceled its scheduled calls at Trinidad this
season. P&O had planned to make four visits to the Port of Spain by Arcadia
and Oceana this winter.
Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which communicates travel warnings
and other information (similar to the service the U.S. State Department’s
Consular Affairs arm performs for Americans) offered this vague comment on
its website: “We believe Trinidad and Tobago to be one of a number of
countries where there may be an increased terrorist threat. British
nationals should exercise vigilance, particularly in public places
frequented by foreigners such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.”
The warning was a result of Trinidad police’s efforts to investigate a man,
a radical Muslim, according to media reports, who was suspected of making
threats against Western interests in Trinidad.
Concerns about Trinidad have not reached U.S. shores at this point. The
government’s Consular Affairs department has issued neither public warnings
nor travel announcements concerning travel by Americans to Trinidad. Other
cruiselines that offer calls at Port of Spain -- Royal Olympic’s Voyager and
Holland America’s Volendam are among the few -- still plan to include that
stop on their itineraries this winter.