Upgrading of Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal complete

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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OCHO RIOS, St Ann - The multimillion-dollar renovation of the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Terminal was completed late last month and is already enhancing the visitor experience of cruise ship passengers, according to a recent release from the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

The rehabilitation work included upgrading and expansion of the parking area, and the renovation of the terminal building, and the road leading to the marina and the promenade


"This will facilitate the provision of better service in a more comfortable environment for both incoming and outgoing cruise ship passengers," the ministry said.


"It forms part of an overall transformational project, which is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and will help to enhance the appeal of the resort town and benefit visitors and locals alike."


The work on the cruise ship terminal and the adjoining facilities represent the second phase of the $400-million Ocho Rios Improvement Project initiated late last year by the ministry, with support from the Urban Development Corporation and the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).


The first phase, which was completed in March of this year, resulted in the transformation of the Turtle River Road (from Main Street to the terminal) into an attractive corridor. The road now has a dual lane with one section accommodating the usual flow of vehicular traffic, while the other is dedicated to pedestrian use.


A new feature of the upgraded terminal, the ministry said, is improvement in service for the disabled and elderly, with the employment of porters with wheelchairs to transport these individuals in and around the terminal area.


"With the completion of both phases one and two, efforts will now focus on completing works on the promenade and Main Street," the release said.


The promenade which runs east along the coast, starting from the port to the Ocean Village Shopping Centre, will feature small shops to facilitate the sale of food and beverages; while the upgrades along Main Street will target the area from the Ocean Village Shopping Centre back to Turtle River Road and include pedestrian, drainage, aesthetic and other features.


 

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