Jamaica: Cruise Season 2022-2023 has started in Jamaica; according to the Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), Joy Roberts, the season will see a significant turnaround on the island. The country will witness the docking of cruises after a break of two years due to the global pandemic.
While speaking to a local news website, Roberts termed the arrival of nearly 9000 passengers and crew Royal Caribbean flagship as the return of normality in the cruise sector. The cruise – Wonder of the Seas, started its maiden journey from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the eastern Caribbean. This cruise ship consists of 18-deck and has a capacity for nearly 7000 guests and 2300 crew members.
Roberts further noted that this cruise season would welcome huge Oasis-class vessels of Royal Caribbean, including Symphony of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas. Furthermore, she stated that sending such huge and expensive vessels to the shore of Jamaica shows confidence in the cruise shipping sector of the nation.
Roberts also pointed out that, apart from Royal Caribbean, many major companies, such as Carnival, MSC, Disney and Norwegian, are attracted to Jamaica and will send their cruises to the nation. She further outlined that cruise traffic will be equally witnessed by all the ports of call, including Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Royal and Port Antonio, from 2022 to 2024. She also anticipated that local stakeholders, including the residents, the police, and the leaders, would fully participate.
Cruise Tourism and Jamaica:
With the Caribbean Sea and its stunning beaches, Jamaica is a popular destination for tourists seeking a tropical getaway. Cruise lines are now taking advantage of the island’s beauty with increased offerings and new itineraries for 2022.
The cruise industry in Jamaica has seen a resurgence in the past few years, with cruise lines offering a variety of options for travellers. From exciting shore excursions to luxurious onboard amenities, there is something for everyone. Jamaica’s unique culture and vibrant nightlife have also made it a popular destination for cruises.
Jamaica is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. From the white sand beaches of Negril to the lush rainforests of Ocho Rios, travellers can enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, and sunbathing. Cruise lines are offering special packages that include these activities and more.
The cruise industry in Jamaica is also providing a boost to the local economy. Cruise ships bring in hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, with each passenger spending money on shore excursions, food, souvenirs, and more. This influx of tourists helps to create jobs, support businesses, and increase tourism revenue.
As cruise lines continue to expand their offerings in Jamaica, 2022 is sure to be an exciting year for cruise tourism. With new itineraries, packages, and activities, travellers can look forward to an unforgettable experience in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations.