JIS News

Logos Hope, the floating book ship, makes its maiden trip to Jamaica from January 20 to March 23, 2010.The vessel replaces the Logos 11, which had many successful visits to the island over the years. Logos 11 was taken out of commission to allow for a larger vessel, which would offer a better quality of life for crew, as well as a wider range of activities for visitors and guests.
Project Manager of the Logos Hope, Amy Walker, told JIS News that the ship, which is now in Aruba, will arrive at the Montego Freeport in Montego Bay St. James on January 20 and will be open to the public from January 21 to February 14. From there, it will journey to Kingston where it will be docked at the Rockfort pier from February 17 to March 23.
Logos Hope offers an expanded selection of books with more than 7,500 titles covering a range of subjects, including science, sports, hobbies and religion, with children books, dictionaries and atlases.
The ship is three times the capacity of Logos 11, and boasts an all-volunteer crew and staff comprising some 400 persons representing 45 nations. It can accommodate 850 visitors at any one time.
Admittance is $50 for adults, while children under 16 years, who are accompanied by an adult, will be allowed onboard free of charge.
“School visits are free. Teachers are more than welcome to bring their students onboard for 45-minute interactive programmes,” Miss Walker stated.She informed that while in the island, the crew will be visiting orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and will be working with local organisations and in communities.
The opening hours in Montego Bay are Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Wednesdays to Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In Kingston, members of the public will be allowed onboard from Tuesdays to Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
On leaving Jamaica, the Logos Hope will travel to the Bahamas, then on to Bermuda and West Africa.Logos Hope is operated by the international charity GBA Ships. In almost 40 years of service, the organisation has welcomed 40 million visitors up the gangways in over 150 countries and territories around the world.