Kingston Wharves offers Calm waters for two of the largest Cruise vessels to call on the Port of Kingston.
The Port of Kingston, specifically Kingston Wharves will see one of its busiest days yet, not for traditional Christmas cargo, but for the number of cruise passengers who will arrive on the two largest cruise vessels to call on the Port. Both the Pullmantur Cruises Monarch of the Seas and Mein Schiff 6 is a cruise ship owned by TUI Cruises will have called at the Port before days end.
Kingston Wharves is once again called on to host the Pullmatur Cruise’s Monarch of the Seas which docked at Berth 2 at 6:30 Monday morning for an unscheduled stop. This was due to unfavourable sea conditions in Montego Bay which was the original port of call. Following the departure of the Monarch of the Seas at 3:30 pm, the TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 6 will dock becoming the largest cruise vessel to call on the Port with a capacity of 2790. The Mein Schiff 6 was also scheduled to call on the Montego Bay Port, but will instead end its 14 night Cruise itinerary in Kingston. 958 passengers will depart to Montego Bay to board 4 flights, while 700 passengers are arriving on flights to Montego Bay who will join the vessel prior to departure to for Cozumel Mexico.
Commenting on the developments Grantley Stephenson, CEO OF Kingston Wharves stated “We build our teams to be ‘brokers of capabilities’, as such when we received the call for assistance, less than 24 hours ago, our team quickly made the necessary adjustments to its peak season operations to accommodate the vessel in Kingston. Scheduled or unscheduled KWL will do its part to make Kingston and by extension ‘Team Jamaica’ proud.”
The Mein Schiff 6 is a part of the fleet of cruise vessels operated by TUI Cruises. Tui Cruises is owned by the German Tourist Firm TUI AG and American cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Cruise offerings are marketed to a German Clientele which demands a higher end product. Royal Caribbean Cruises is also partners in the operation Pullmantur Cruises based in Madrid, Spain which is marketed to a mainly Spanish clientele.
Kingston Wharves has been undergoing a multi-year redevelopment project, which include deepening berths to accommodate larger vessels with drafts up to 13 metres. The port has in the past year accommodated other large vessels including the Maersk Northern Jubilee which was redirected to the Port due to storm damage in Freeport Bahamas.
Learning from the previous call of the Monarch of the Seas, the Kingston Wharves team worked with the Port Authority to ensure Kingston delivers the best experience given the short preparation time.
About Kingston Wharves
Kingston Wharves operates a Continuous Quay measuring 1,655 metres (5,430 feet) with nine Deepwater Berths for roll-on roll-off (ro-ro), lift-on lift-off (lo-lo), container, general breakbulk and bulk cargoes. Vessels of draft up to 13 metres can be accommodated, which covers most of the larger vessels sailing the seas. The company recently started operating the 160,000 square feet total logistics facility which is has introduced a new level way of doing business on the port, particularly at this time. December typically sees peak operations on the port due to higher levels of cargo coming into the island including a high number of barrels for families at Christmas.