(CMR) Jamaica expects to receive 50 cruise ships in November and December, the Port Authority of Jamaica has revealed. The ships are expected to visit Ocho Rios in St Ann, Montego Bay in St James, Port Antonio in Portland, Falmouth in Trelawny, and Port Royal, Kingston in the coming weeks.
The Jamaica Observer reported that the Ministry of Tourism is currently projecting 200,000 cruise passengers from Carnival cruiseline, representing 110 calls between October 2021 and April 2022.
Port Authority sources told The Observer that Carnival Sunrise and MSC Meraviglia have been calling at the pier in Ocho Rios, St Ann, and will continue to do so over the following weeks.
The Port Royal cruise ship pier in Kingston will see visits from the ultra-luxury cruise ships from Seabourn and Crystal Cruises and calls from Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam.
The pier at Falmouth, Trelawny, expects visits from Liberty of the Seas, Celebrity Reflection, and MSC Seashore. Montego Bay will see AIDAluna, AIDAdiva, and MSC Divina. Port Antonio, Portland, which has the island's smallest cruise port in Jamaica, has a scheduled visit from expedition cruise ship Scenic Eclipse.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett said that the scheduled return of cruise shipping across the island’s ports is a strong vote of confidence by major international stakeholders in brand Jamaica.
“Our tourism industry is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrivals figures are climbing, airlift for the winter season is looking good, and the winter cruise schedule will be very busy, with an uptick in November, which will see multiple ships docking in Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Port Antonio,” Bartlett stated.
By the end of the year, just under 300,000 cruise passengers will visit Jamaica.