Cruise ships to continue visits to Jamaica despite tensions

THE Caribbean’s biggest cruise lines, including industry giant Carnival, say they will continue visiting Jamaica despite tensions in the country’s capital, Kingston.

“The disturbances in Jamaica and associated state of emergency are focused in Kingston,” Carnival said in a statement, adding that Ocho Rios and Montego Bay — where the ships make weekly calls — were “not experiencing any issues”.

Montego Bay is more than 100 miles west of Kingston while and Ocho Rios, which is located in St Ann on the country’s northern coast, is more than a two-and-a-half hour’s drive away.

Carnival said its 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest called on Montego Bay Tuesday, while the 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty is scheduled to call at Ocho Rios today, followed on June 3 by the 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration.

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