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World’s largest cruise ship to dock here

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, is slated to make its inaugural call on Jamaica in November.

The vessel, owned by Royal Caribbean, is scheduled to dock at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said the visit will provide a major boost for Jamaica's growing cruise-ship sector, which is still celebrating a 13.6 per cent growth for the 2015-16 winter season.

He was speaking at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, held on June 11 at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

"In addition to Royal Caribbean's other vessels - Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas - Jamaica will now have the three largest ships in the world calling on our ports," Bartlett pointed out.

He informed that Harmony of the Seas is on its inaugural voyage in Barcelona, Spain, and will remain in Europe for the summer before going to Fort Lauderdale in the fall for its Caribbean cruise, when it will make its Jamaica stop.

Bartlett said that Royal Caribbean has had a long relationship with the local cruise industry, with the Falmouth Pier accommodating most of the cruise line's flagship vessels.