Norwegian Epic makes first stop in Jamaica
Ship carrying 4,000 passengers, 1,700 crew members docks in Ocho Rios
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The Norwegian Epic is the latest from the Norwegian Cruise Line to make its inaugural visit to Jamaica stopping, yesterday, for the first time in this resort town.
The Norwegian Epic docked at the Ocho Rios pier with more than 4,000 passengers and 1,700 crew members onboard.
The ship's captain, Frank Juliussen, expressed delight at the vessel's first stop in Jamaica.
"Jamaica is a beautiful country," he said during a plaque exchange ceremony held onboard the ship.
The vessel, which first sailed in 2010, is expected to make several calls to the island over the next few months before moving on to Europe.
Several stakeholders attended yesterday's ceremony to welcome the cruise ship into Jamaican port. Among those in attendance was the operator of Lannaman & Morris (Shipping) Limited, which started out in shipping coincidentally with the Norwegian Cruise Line more than 40 years ago.
Chief Executive Officer of Lannaman & Morris Harry Maragh was among those who presented plaques to Captain Juliussen and his staff. Representatives from the St Ann Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, the St Ann Parish Council and the Port Authority were also in attendance.