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World's newest, largest cruise ship itinerary to include Jamaica – Bartlett

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:33 PM
Bartlett says Royal Caribbean has committed to adding Jamaica to the itinerary of 'Symphony of the Seas', which is set to make its maiden voyage in April 2018. – File Photo

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica will be among the destinations to be visited by the world's newest and largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's 'Symphony of the Seas'.

Bartlett says Royal Caribbean has committed to adding Jamaica to the itinerary of 'Symphony of the Seas', which is set to make its maiden voyage in April 2018.

'Symphony of the Seas' measures 1,188 feet long and is 18 decks high – which is about the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

It has 2,775 total staterooms, 28 more than 'Harmony of the Seas' – which is currently the largest cruise ship.

The impending call by 'Symphony of the Seas' comes against projections by the Tourism Minister for further growth in cruise ship arrivals.

Figures released by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) indicate that about half the more than 1.5 million visitors to the island over the Winter Tourist Season from December to April were cruise passengers.

The JTB figures also indicate that the country earned a record US$1 billion from total visitor arrivals over the period.

Bartlett says there has never been a better cruise shipping season for Jamaica.

He says this is an indication that the island is on its way to achieving its full potential in attracting visitors and maximising earnings.