The imminent first visit on December 1 by the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, has raised the stakes in local interests about the prospect of a strong winter tourism season in 2022/23, especially for cruise ships. It heightened the optimism of those involved.
Joy Roberts, executive director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), said Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ decision to deploy its Oasis class ships to Jamaica is an encouraging sign and a big boost for the local cruise industry. said.
She said this should be viewed in the context of Jamaica remaining the first destination, and that cruise lines were pleased with the country’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, “putting guest safety first.” He said that
“Odyssey of the Seas, carrying capacity of over 5,000 people [passengers] One of the newest ships of the Royal Caribbean Fleet made its first visit on November 16th via Falmouth Pier in Trelawny,” Roberts told JIS News.
“In addition to their flagship Wonder of the Seas visiting Falmouth in two weeks, what we see here is Royal Caribbean’s premier vessel entering Jamaican waters. It’s about sailing to scale,” she added.
Roberts said Royal Caribbean’s 2022/23 itinerary “tells who is who” and will feature other performances such as “Harmony of the Seas” and “Symphony of the Seas”. It detailed the planned visit to Jamaica by an Oasis-class vessel.
“A cruise destination that can secure a first class commitment like this is a destination to consider. Jamaica is not just sand, sun and sea, it currently boasts some of the best attractions in the region,” said the executive director. added.
After making her maiden voyage to the eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 4, Wonder of the Seas will arrive at Falmouth four days after departing Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida on November 27.
The 18-story cruise ship will be built at the Chantiers de L’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and will accommodate 6,988 guests and 2,300 crew.
“After a six-year process, we are excited to introduce our guests around the world to Wonder of the Seas and its world-class capabilities,” said Mark Tamith, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. I’m here.
“From planning to delivery, we leveraged the expertise across Royal Caribbean, incorporating guest suggestions and travel partner feedback to create something truly awe-inspiring.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the importance of hosting one of the world’s largest cruise ships and Royal Caribbean’s newest luxury liner cannot be overstated.
“Indeed, our tourism services continue to be world-class, demonstrating that major cruise lines view Jamaica as an important cruise partner.Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean was the largest It should be noted that the Oasis ships, “Allure of the Seas”, “Oasis of the Seas”, “Harmony of the Seas”, etc., were dispatched to Jamaica. ‘ he told JIS News.
The only exception, according to Bartlett, is “Symphony of the Seas,” which was slated for release in 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I hear the Symphony has been rescheduled for 2023,” advised Bartlett.
The cruise industry has experienced sustained disruption over the past two years due to COVID-19, but activity seems to be returning to normal.
This is because both Royal Caribbean and Carnival have nearly every ship calling and returning to ports around the world.
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