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Cruise ship arrivals down for 2018

BY KELLARAY MILES
Business reporter
milesk@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 12, 2019

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THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in its latest survey report for 2018 has revealed that there was a reduction in both the number of ships and cruise passengers that came to the island last year.

According to the report the number of ships declined by 55, down from 606 and as a result total cruise passenger arrivals fell to approximately 1.0 million from 1.8 million—accounting for a decrease of four per cent.

“The fall in the number of cruise passengers was due to a reduction in arrivals to the resort towns of Falmouth and Montego Bay, which outweighed an increase in cruise visitors to Ocho Rios. The decline in arrivals to the ports of Falmouth and Montego Bay was due to the normalisation of cruise passenger arrivals during the second half of the year,” the report read.

A breakdown of statistics from the different ports shows a decrease in cruise ship calls, except for Ocho Rios cruise port, which welcomed a slight move from 176 to 178 for ship arrivals and 42,870 people.

Falmouth cruise ship calls totaled 161 down by 11 per cent, while the number of passengers decreased by 11.9 per cent to 74,4671 people relative to the previous year. Cruise ship calls to Montego Bay declined by 13.4 per cent, with a reduction of 14,556 people.

For Port Antonio, the number of cruise ship calls fell from nine to four, while a total of 1 ,285 cruise passengers visited the town compared to 2,310 people in 2017.

The report further highlighted that in the second half of 2017, the island benefited from several diversions of cruise ships from other Caribbean destinations that were impacted by natural disasters.

Though down on 2017, the figures are still up on 2016, when 1.655 million passengers arrived.

Some vessels that made inaugural stops during the year included MSC Seaside, Carnival Horizon, Sirena and Royal Clipper.


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