'Queen Victoria' falls in love with MoBay
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
The Montego Bay cruise industry could be in for a major boost as Inger Klein Olsen, the captain of the Cunard Cruise luxury liner Queen Victoria, which had its maiden call at the Montego Bay Port in St James yesterday, has indicated she would like to have the vessel pay regular visits to the popular port.
"This is a one-off stop today, but we should be on the itinerary to make regular stops in Montego Bay next year," said Olsen.
"We came here and were greeted by very good weather and wonderful people. It was a little tight getting in because this is a big vessel, but we fit comfortably," she said.
Olsen, who is one of very few female captains of cruise vessels across the world, indicated that the Queen Victoria, with her graceful splendour and a luxurious ambience, has a carrying capacity of 2,000 passengers with a crew of 965.
Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris, who welcomed Olsen, her crew and passengers to the western city, said Montego Bay, which is the tourist capital, was happy to receive a stop from the luxury liner.
"We invite you to enjoy the beauty and attractions of the city as we strive to improve what we have to offer," Harris told Olsen.
The mayor also presented Olsen with a plaque on behalf of the city and she, in turn, presented him with a plaque from the Queen Victoria.
Olsen also received plaques and gifts from the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Port Authority of Jamaica, Lannaman and Morris Shipping Limited and the Harbour Street Craft Traders Association.