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Cruise arrivals up 10 per cent

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JAMAICA welcomed 916,300 cruise passengers between January and September, a 10 per cent increase over the same period last year, a result of Disney and MSC cruise lines diverting from storm-affected islands.

“Both Disney and MSC came to Jamaica in summer, which did not happen last year,” William Tatham, head of cruises at the Port Authority of Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer in a phone interview on Monday. “We got an additional 12,000 passengers based on the diversion from other Caribbean islands. We missed the storms this time, but others did not. We are very lucky this year to experience no disruptions. It resulted in four additional calls that we didn’t anticipate.”

Between May and September, however, the growth jumped to 20 per cent year-on-year. The bulk of the growth came from the Falmouth Cruise Pier, Ochi Rios grew slightly, and Montego Bay remained flat year-on-year.

Tatham said that the island remains on the “border” of achieving record arrivals this year.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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