Residents of Port of Spain in Trinidad have turned out to welcome one of the world's largest cruise ships, Serenade of the Seas.
The Royal Caribbean Cruises
vessel sailed into the Trinidadian capital ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, for which it has been leased, the Trinidad & Tobago Express reports.Serenade of the Seas
was greeted to the sounds of the island's national instrument, the steel pan, while onlookers observed "jubilant passengers" singing and taking pictures.
The ship, which completed her maiden voyage in 2003, is one of two vessels being used for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which occurs biennially and involves the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations.
Serenade of the Seas spends the winter and spring on Caribbean cruises
, while during the summer it heads north for Alaskan cruises
It has a capacity of almost 2,500 passengers and 891 crew members, all of whom are accommodated on 12 separate decks.
Written by Chris Smith