As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s hugely anticipated return to guest operations, Carnival Sunrise arrived in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, today, marking the line’s first time back to Jamaica in 17 months.
The arrival also represents the reopening of cruising in Jamaica as it is the first cruise ship to call on a Jamaican port since the cruise industry paused operations in March 2020.
Carnival Sunrise’s management team joined local officials for a ceremonial plaque exchange to commemorate their return. Ocho Rios is among the featured ports on the ship’s five-day Caribbean cruise that departed PortMiami on August 14.
In a time-honoured tradition, both Carnival Cruise Line and local authorities got together to exchange gifts as is customary when a ship makes a maiden call to a port. Of course Carnival Sunrise has visited Jamacia before, but under the circumstances, this was a special occasion that needed to be repeated.
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In a speech in front of local officials and shipboard management, it was noted that Carnival welcomed the resumption of cruises to the island as thousands of jobs as directly liked to the cruise industry, and it will have a positive impact on Jamaica’s economy overall.
With all COVID 19 protocols observed, the cruise industry is back in full swing!