Robust Recovery in Jamaica’s Cruise Industry

April 26, 2023


According to Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s cruise sector is recovering strongly with continued increases in cruise passenger arrivals. In 2022, Jamaica witnessed cruise passenger arrivals of about 855,000 and the Minister expects 1.4 million cruise passengers to arrive during the current fiscal year.

Jamaica remains a first-call destination among major cruise lines and Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has committed to increasing the number of passengers delivered to Jamaica by 2023. Additionally, RCI intends on expanding its training collaboration with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

Jamaica Vacations Limited (JamVac) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) have been working to drive the country’s cruise tourism recovery efforts, and there is a huge surge in interest in homeporting, with TUI considering having a second vessel homeport in Port Royal and Germany’s Aida Cruises continuing to do so in Montego Bay. Minister Bartlett attributed the remarkable resurgence of the global cruise industry to “pent-up demand” and expects the trend to continue until 2023.

The expansion of cruise tourism in Jamaica offers an excellent opportunity to revitalize the tourism industry, generate employment, and advance the national economy.



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