Bright Outlook for Cruise Shipping Season
- Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), Joy Roberts, says the 2022/2023 cruise shipping season will see a major turnaround for Jamaica, following the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, made its inaugural visit at Falmouth port on December 1. Roberts indicated that the visit by the nearly 9,000-passenger Royal Caribbean flagship vessel is just a prelude to the return of normality in the cruise sector.
- “For starts, 2022 going into 2023 will see Royal Caribbean sending their huge Oasis-class vessels, such as Wonder of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas to Jamaica,” she noted. “These are the three biggest ships in the world and sending them here tells you about the confidence the cruise line has in our cruise shipping sector and the products we have to offer,” she added.
- Overall, these are positive developments which will ultimately boost cruise arrivals and contribute towards Jamaica's total tourist arrivals returning to pre-pandemic levels in 2023.