Some 2,000 cruise ship passengers disembarked the Ruby Princess Cruise Liner, which arrived at the Ocho Rios Pier in St. Ann, on December 15, the start of the Winter Tourist Season.
Cruise Terminal Manager, Dennis Richards, told JIS News, that the Ruby Princess is one of the newest ships in the Princess Cruise Line and that the vessel made its first call at the Ocho Rios Pier last month.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett (right), greeting cruise ship visitors in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on Monday, December 15.
“The cruise ship visitors are very excited to go shopping and to enjoy the various attractions and entertainment that our resort town of Ocho Rios has to offer,” Mr. Richards said, noting that it was a blessed start to the 2008/09 Winter Tourist Season.
He urged Jamaicans to continue to show respect and love to the tourists, as they continue to make Jamaica their number one travel destination.
Meanwhile, cruise ship passenger, Albert Barocco, told JIS News that he was indeed happy to be in Jamaica.
“Jamaica is a very nice place. I’ve been here many times and every time I come here, I see improvements. I see more attractions, I see more shops and I hope the country will keep improving more and more,” Mr. Barocco said.
Tim Hacker, a visitor from Florida, told JIS News that he had a special love for Jamaica and that is why he keeps coming back all the time.
“Jamaica is the first place that I’ve ever visited outside of the United States. I was working as a journalist and we had a press trip to Jamaica and I had never left the United States, so I will always have this special feeling for Jamaica,” he said.
William Gunther from California said that this is his fifth trip to Jamaica and he is never tired of travelling to the island.
“I’ve been to Ocho Rios a couple of times and I’ve been to Kingston and I like it very much and I will be coming back again,” he said.