Bartlett to welcome cruise ship in Port Antonio

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is to officially welcome the MS Insignia cruise ship at the Ken Wright Pier in Port Antonio, Portland this morning.

The ships scheduled arrival is 7:00 am and departs at 6:00 pm according to a release from the Ministry of Tourism.

“Port Antonio and the wider Portland has enormous potential for more boutique-like, rustic, high-end tourism and we have been coordinating efforts with the Tourism Ministry's JAMVAC, TPDCo, TEF, JTB, the newly formed Destination Assurance Council and of course the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Parish Council and other stakeholder interests in making Portland a unique hit,” Bartlett was quoted as aaying.

Senior advisor and strategist in the tourism ministry, Delano Seiveright, noted that the ship's call “is in line with a lot of work culminating at the largest cruise industry gathering, the Seatrade Global Cruise convention in Fort Lauderdale in March of this year. Bartlett, Ian Dear and other officials were busy pushing Port Antonio. Now, another three cruise ships are to call next month in Port Antonio”.

The MS Insignia, has a capacity of 660 passengers and 397 crew. It is part of the Miami, Florida headquartered Oceania Cruises with a fleet consisting of elegant midsized ships with distinctive itineraries that call on marquee, boutique and off the beaten path ports, the ministry said.

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