Jamaica is cruising and poised to be the “most significant cruise destination in the Caribbean” with 518 cruise ship port calls last year and more than two million cruisers expected in 2017.
Recently, Jamaica welcomed six of the world’s largest cruise vessels and “mega liners” on the same day in the ports of Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston. With the six vessels in port, Jamaica played host to more than 15,000 cruise passengers.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, and Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook will lead discussions on the island’s “Cruise Jamaica” initiative at the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Global event taking place March 13-16 in Fort Lauderdale. Jamaica’s tourism leaders, along with the Port Authority of Jamaica, will focus on increasing greater awareness of Jamaica as a leading cruise destination.
“We’re pleased to be participating in this year’s Seatrade, the world’s largest cruise conference,” said Bartlett. “Jamaica is experiencing monumental growth as a cruise destination and this is an invaluable opportunity for us to meet with key industry influencers, thought leaders and spokespersons. Together we will discuss issues faced by the industry as a whole and how Jamaica can continue to promote the growth of the cruise sector.”