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Cruise ship for Kingston today

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 9:33 AM
In this file photo passengers leave a cruise ship docked in Kingston.

The city of Kingston is to welcome thousands of visitors this morning when the MS Monarch Cruise Ship docks at the Kingston Wharves.

MS Monarch is operated by Spain’s largest cruise line, Pullmantur Cruises and has a capacity of just over 2,700 passengers.

The ship was originally scheduled to dock in Montego Bay but was rerouted to Kingston because of unfavourable sea conditions.

The Port Authority of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Tourism through the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica Vacations as well as a range of shipping and tourism players have reportedly been working to accommodate the ship and its passengers.

Many of the passengers are to be shuttled to areas of interest around Kingston, Ocho Rios and their environs.

This is second time in a year that the MS Monarch is docking in Kingston.

It pulled in to the harbour on December 6 last year making it the first time in Jamaica’s history, mega ships were docked in the main ports of Kingston, Falmouth, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios at the same time.