Sunday 9 December, 2018

Photo: Carnival’s largest cruise ship docks in Ocho Rios

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, (2nd l); President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley (2nd r); Senior Advisor/Strategist, Tourism Ministry, Delano Seiveright (l) and Executive Director of JAMVAC, Joy Roberts (r) are in good spirits with Carnival's Funship Towel Animal Mascot at the inaugural call of the Carnival Horizon cruise ship to Ocho Rios.

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, (2nd l); President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley (2nd r); Senior Advisor/Strategist, Tourism Ministry, Delano Seiveright (l) and Executive Director of JAMVAC, Joy Roberts (r) are in good spirits with Carnival's Funship Towel Animal Mascot at the inaugural call of the Carnival Horizon cruise ship to Ocho Rios.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and other ministry officials on Tuesday welcomed the biggest and newest Carnival-branded ship for the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation to the Ocho Rios port.

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.  

Carnival Horizon offers amenities like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction Sky Ride, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor, with roomier accommodations and the Family Harbour Lounge.

For the period January to August 2018, Jamaica registered a 3.5 per cent increase in cruise passenger arrivals over the same period last year, with 1,239,835 recorded passengers from 360 calls.

This contributed US$120 million to the country’s gross foreign exchange earnings, up 7.3 percent over the same period 2017.

The Port Authority of Jamaica, which manages the cruise ports, is overseeing the upgrade of cruise ports to enhance their capacity to receive the largest cruise ships.

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