Jamaica Gleaner / The Port of Kingston, specifically Kingston Wharves, will see one of its busiest days yet for the number of cruise passengers who will arrive on the two largest crusie vessels to call on the port.
Both the Pullmantur Cruises Monarch of the Seas and Mein Schiff 6, owned by TUI Cruises, will have called at the port before the day ends.
Kingston Wharves is once again called on to host the Monarch of the Seas which docked at Berth 2 at 6:30 this morning for an unscheduled stop.
This was due to unfavourable sea conditions in Montego Bay which was the original port of call, Kingston Wharves said in a release.
Following the departure of the Monarch of the Seas at 3:30 pm, the TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 6 will dock, becoming the largest cruise vessel to call on the Port with a capacity of 2,790.
The Mein Schiff 6 was also scheduled to call on the Montego Bay port, but will instead lend its 14-night itinerary in Kingston.
Kingston Wharves said 958 passengers will depart to Montego Bay to board four flights, while 700 passengers are arriving on flights in Montego Bay and will join the vessel prior to its departure for Cozumel, Mexico.
Grantley Stephenson, CEO OF Kingston Wharves was quoted as saying that “we build our teams to be ‘brokers of capabilities’. As such, when we received the call for assistance less than 24 hours ago our team quickly made the necessary adjustments to its peak season operations to accommodate the vessel in Kingston. Scheduled or unscheduled KWL will do its part to make Kingston and by extension ‘Team Jamaica’ proud.”
Kingston Wharves has been undergoing a multi-year redevelopment project, which includes deepening berths to accommodate larger vessels with drafts up to 13 metres. The port has in the past year accommodated other large vessels including the Maersk Northern Jubilee, which was redirected to the port due to storm damage in Freeport, Bahamas.