Stakeholders Upbeat About 2022/23 Winter Tourist Season

The impending inaugural visit on December 1 by the world’s largest cruise ship, the ‘Wonder of the Seas’, has heightened local stakeholders’ optimism about the prospect of a positive 2022/23 winter tourist season, especially for cruise shipping.

Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), Joy Roberts, says Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s decision to send their Oasis-class vessels to the island is an encouraging sign and a major boost for the local cruise industry.

She said this should be viewed within the context of Jamaica remaining a first-call destination and that the cruise company is satisfied with the country’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, “where we made the safety of their guests a major priority”.

“Odyssey of the Seas, with a carrying capacity of 5,000-plus [passengers] and one of the newest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, made its inaugural visit by way of the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny on November 16,” Ms. Roberts told JIS News.

“Add to that the visit by their flagship Wonder of the Seas to Falmouth in two weeks, and what we are seeing here is the massive rollout of Royal Caribbean’s finest ships into Jamaican waters,” she further said.

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