Bartlett welcomes Port Antonio cruise ship
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlet officially welcomed the MS Insignia Cruise Ship at the Ken Wright Pier located within the Noel Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland.
The ship arrived at 7am on Tuesday and departed 11 hours later.
“Port Antonio and the wider Portland has enormous potential for more boutique like, rustic, high-end tourism and we have been coordinating efforts with the Tourism Ministry’s JAMVAC, TPDCo, TEF, JTB, the newly formed Destination Assurance Council and of course the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Parish Council and other stakeholder interests in making Portland a unique hit,” said Bartlett
Meanwhile, Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright noted that the ship’s call, “is in line with a lot of work culminating at the largest cruise industry gathering, the Seatrade Global Cruise convention in Fort Lauderdale in March of this year. Minister Bartlett, Ian Dear and other officials were busy pushing Port Antonio. Now, another 3 cruise ships are to call next month in Port Antonio”.
The MS Insignia, has a capacity of 660 passengers and 397 crew and boasts teak, custom stone and tile work, and lounges, suites and staterooms with luxurious, neo-classical furnishings.
It is part of the Miami, Florida headquartered Oceania Cruises with a fleet consisting of elegant mid sized ships with distinctive itineraries that call on marquee, boutique and off the beaten path ports