Tourists cruise into Jamaican waters
Some 16,237 cruise-ship passengers have visited Jamaica on 10 different cruise calls since the island's ports were reopened to cruises.
Last Wednesday, Carnival Cruise Line's Conquest-class cruise ship (Carnival Glory) gave tourism capital Montego Bay, St James, its first ship in more than 20 months.
Carnival joined Aida Cruises, MSC Cruises, and Holland America as vessels to have made stops in at least two Jamaican ports since the resumption of cruise shipping to the island. Carnival's other stop was in Ocho Rios, St Ann, while both Aida and MSC Cruises have visited Falmouth and Ocho Rios. Holland America has made stops in both Ocho Rios and Port Royal.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that with Montego Bay receiving its first vessel since the resumption of cruise shipping, "Jamaica's tourism sector has now crossed a major threshold on its recovery drive".
"I am certain this will be a welcome move for our stakeholders, especially our small and medium tourism enterprises, which can earn significantly from cruise passengers. We certainly are looking forward to welcoming even more Carnival passengers to our shores, assuring them that they will have both a memorable and a safe experience, instilling confidence in travellers," he added.
President of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy, said her company is happy to be back in Jamaica utilising multiple ports and experiencing Jamaica's wonderful tourism product.
"We are delighted to return to Montego Bay and offer guests an opportunity to experience all the beauty and charm of this Jamaican port," she said in a statement.