The historic town of Port Royal welcomed its first ever cruise ship on Monday 20th January 2020, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness celebrating the development as a “momentous occasion”.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said this is a historic day for the country, which should bring many economical benefits.
“Port Royal is a destination that we have longed to build out and I am very proud of the work done by the Port Authority; the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the Ministry of Tourism; the Urban Development Corporation (UDC); Local Government; the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) and the many other partners, to create this new port,” Mr. Bartlett said.
“The historic arrangement in Port Royal will augur well for us, as it will break new ground, in terms of technology assisting in the disembarkation of cruise passengers,” he added.
Mr. Bartlett said the Government will be building out the cultural assets in Port Royal, which will offer economical benefits to the residents there, as this is the first of four rotations for 2020.
“Port Royal has the greatest potential in the Caribbean of being a really world-class destination, and we are committed to building that out, and to complete the arrangement, so that it will become a ‘must’ on any itinerary for cruise shipping in the Caribbean,” he argued.