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Cruise arrivals in Jamaica expected to surpass 1.4 million by end of 2014

Cruise ship arrivals to Jamaica are expected to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2014, according to Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The figures are based on the port of call itinerary of cruise lines that are scheduled dock their ships on the island and bring holidaymakers to Jamaica throughout 2014.

Cruise arrivals in Jamaica expected to surpass 1.4 million by end of 2014

Jamaica is expected to receive an influx of cruise arrivals over the next 18 months and according to the Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeill, this number could surpass 1.4 million by the end of 2014.

During his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation last week, the Tourism Minister said that the figures are based on the port of call itinerary for cruise ships and this year, Disney Cruises will be bringing tourists to Jamaica for the first time.

The cruise line will be docking ships at the Falmouth pier in Trelawny via its Disney Wonder and Fantasy brands.

"We are also concentrating on home porting, and Montego Bay will see the AIDA Bella as well as the Louis Cristal Cuba Cruises home porting there, starting in November and December of this year, respectively," explained Dr. McNeill.

The port in Ocho Rios will also welcome the Norwegian Epic and a return of Royal Caribbean in 2014.

Dr. McNeill said that while the number of tourists who took cruise holidays and visited Jamaica in 2012 increased by 17.3 per cent in 2012, the figures for the end of this year are expected to be "marginally down".

"But, we have to view this in the context of two phenomenal years of growth after the opening of the Falmouth pier. I have every confidence that the tourism sector will meet the expectations we are placing on it, as the path ahead continues to offer promise of further growth, and destination Jamaica retains its international competitive edge," McNeill added.

Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea and it is one of the world's leading tourist destinations. With white sand beaches that are fringed with turquoise warm ocean waters and swaying palm trees; majestic mountains and lush rolling green hills and forests; and an array of historical sites and attractions to visit, travellers will be spoilt for choice during their stay in Jamaica.

The Jamaica boasts a collection of boutique beachfront hotels, as well as family-friendly and all inclusive resorts that provide the perfect venue for romantic weddings and honeymoons.

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