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Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 17:15

MONTEGO BAY, St. James; February 2, 2019: Jamaica is once again in the spotlight as top Caribbean Cruise Destination of the year for 2018. Jamaica received the award from Caribbean Journal, the world’s largest website covering Caribbean travel and trade news.

The award recognizes destinations that record consistent growth in cruise arrivals. Last year, Jamaica continued to attract new cruise ships such as Carnival Horizon and popular cruise brand, TUI also increased their call to Montego Bay.

This follows Jamaica’s recent record wins at the World Travel Awards in Portugal and Travvy Awards held last month in New York, where the island was awarded Best Wedding destination, Best Honeymoon destination and Best Culinary destination among others.

Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, who accepted the award said, “Jamaica is highly honoured that we continue to attract the attention of the world and receive accolades for the continued high quality experience that destination Jamaica provides.

This award as the Caribbean’s lead cruised destination is symptomatic of that strong presence of Jamaica as a go to place to enjoy and consume rich cultural assets. I congratulate the stakeholder and partners all and I am confident that Jamaica will continue to repeat these performances as our experiences continue to exceed expectation.

Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of Caribbean Journal, Guy Britton said, “Jamaica’s cruise sector continues to grow and visitors are increasingly seeking out the authentic experiences at the various ports in Montego Bay, Falmouth and Ocho Rios.”

As part of efforts to improve the overall cruise experience, Jamaica Vacations (JAMVAC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism which has responsibility for the cruise sector, has implemented local entertainment at all ports to encourage more disembarkation of guests; and has real time monitoring of guest experiences through their digital happy or not motors among other things.