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Spanish embassy official says Kingston is ready for more cruise ship stops

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:53 AM
Passengers from the 'MS Monarch', operated by Royal Caribbean’s Pullmantur Brand in Kingston yesterday.

Chargé d’affaires at the Spanish Embassy in Kingston, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador, is convinced Kingston already has a lot to offer to make it a regular cruise ship stop.

Her comments were made after a Spanish liner with nearly 3,000 tourists aboard docked in Kingston yesterday.

The Monarch of the Seas sailed from Cartegena, Colombia, and was initially to call at Montego Bay.

However, with all berths at that port, as well as in Falmouth and Ocho Rios occupied, it was diverted to Kingston.

Vice-President for cruise shipping and marinas at the Port Authority of Jamaica, William Tatham, says the feedback received from the visit will go a far way in helping to refine the strategy for cruise possibilities in Kingston in the future.

However, Rives Ruiz-Tapiador says the cruise industry need not wait for that feedback.

She argues that Kingston has a lot to offer to the world.

Visitors who did not have planned excursions on the north coast yesterday were taken on trips to sites such as the Kingston Craft Market, the Bob Marley Museum, Tuff Gong Recording Studios, the National Gallery, and Fort Clarence.