Carnival’s newest and biggest cruise ship for Ocho Rios October
Bartlett made the announcement onboard at the official inauguration and naming ceremony for the Carnival Horizon in New York City recently.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that the biggest and newest Carnival branded ship for the world’s largest Cruise company, Carnival Corporation, Horizon, will commence calls on Ocho Rios, Jamaica on October 2.
Bartlett made the announcement onboard at the official inauguration and naming ceremony for the Carnival Horizon in New York City last Wednesday.
American celebrity and Grammy award winning artiste Queen Latifah officially inaugurated the ship and was named its ‘Godmother’.
“Jamaica is an amazing destination and we are absolutely happy that Carnival’s newest and biggest ship, Horizon, will commence calls on Ocho Rios in coming months. Jamaica will continue to be a well-positioned destination for cruise. 2017 Cruise passenger visits were 11 percent higher than in 2016 and gross earnings from cruise passenger spend in 2017 was US$179 million up 19 percent from US$150 million in 2016., We also still have a lot more room for growth and development,” Bartlett said.
The second ship in the Vista class, the Carnival Horizon is currently Carnival’s largest ship and the 26th ship in the Carnival fleet. It is also the 102nd cruise ship operated by the brands of Carnival Corporation.
Tourism Ministry Senior Advisor/Strategist, Delano Seiveright, who was also in attendance, noted that, “the 3,900 plus passenger and 1,450 crew ship will be a great addition to our tourism product.
The ministry, its agencies and tourism partners are keen on further increasing foot traffic into Ocho Rios and its environs given the broad range of attractions and activities on hand there. Tourists are very happy with the range of things to do, he said.
Chairman of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison, earlier this year at a meeting with Bartlett, Seiveright and other tourism officials at Carnival’s Miami, Florida headquarters said that Jamaica is poised for strong growth, “as the destination continues to be one of the best and most diversified in the world.”
Bartlett further commented that more coordinated efforts are being made at ensuring that linkages are deepened so that more money from cruise visitors filters to more hands throughout the economy.
Carnival Horizon offers amenities like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor, with roomier accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge.
The Port Authority of Jamaica, which manages the cruise ports, is overseeing the upgrade of a number of ports to enhance their capacity to receive larger cruise ships.