Last week Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett reportedly met with the leadership of German based AIDA Cruises to discuss positioning the historic Port Royal community as a viable cruise option.
AIDA Cruises is one of eleven brands owned by Carnival Corp, based at Miami, Florida.
According to RJR, Mr. Bartlett said the push to see Port Royal become the next big cruise ship option is very timely as Jamaica recently contracted the floating pier system, SeaWalk, to be in Port Royal.
SeaWalk takes up less space than a traditional dock, and is both removable and reusable.
The system is needed to help protect the sunken city’s fragile environment which also boasts many underwater archaeological assets.
Founded in 1518 by the Spanish, Port Royal was once the largest city in the Caribbean, functioning as the centre of shipping and commerce in the Caribbean Sea by the latter half of the 17th century.
It was destroyed by an earthquake on June 7, 1692, which had an accompanying tsunami.
In pirate lore—it was known as ‘the wickedest city on earth’.
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