Cruise Ship Accidents, International Maritime

Jamaica Welcomes First Finnish Cruise Ship To Montego Bay


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The cruise industry is always expanding, and with the New Year, changes will be made to several lines, especially in terms of their itineraries. But while adding new ports to an itinerary is always exciting news for eager travelers, it can sometimes lead to unexpected accidents. Each cruise ship accident lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has witnessed a fair share of incidents that take place because of a lack of experience on the crewmember’s part. Because each port abides by different rules, it can be easy for crewmembers to get confused, make mistakes or even for equipment to fail, leading passengers susceptible to injuries.

However, if passengers are aware of the dangers that they might possibly face, they can hopefully navigate around accident-prone situations and safely enjoy their cruise vacation to its fullest extent.

Cruise passengers who would like to visit Jamaica are now in for a treat, as the nation welcomed its first Finnish cruise line on Tuesday morning at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Pier. The vessel, Kristina Katarina, is also the first to home-port in the island for three days, giving the city’s business owners, entrepreneurs and entertainers the chance to really give travelers a taste of Jamaican culture.

With around 334 passengers and 92 crewmembers, the Kristina Katarina began its itinerary in Barbados and called at Dominican Republic. Since the vessel is home-ported in Jamaica, it will begin and end all its itineraries from Montego Bay, which Jamaican authorities are extremely thrilled about.

“We have been working on getting them here between two and three years now,” said Oliver Townsend, of Caribic Vacations, during a plaque-exchange ceremony onboard the cruise ship on Tuesday.

According to Townsend, it is extremely encouraging to the nation and its residents to have the vessel home-ported in Montego Bay, allowing cruise ship passengers to explore more of the island during the day and night, without having to worry about cutting their time short or cramming in sightseeing tours. Townsend is excited that the passengers will be “able to take in the nightlife and visit some of our restaurants at night.”

The ship’s handlers, Lannaman and Morris Shipping Limited, organized the special plaque-exchange ceremony aboard the vessel. On hand to welcome the Kristina Katarina was the mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, the vice president of cruise shipping at the Port Authority of Jamaica, William Tatham, honorary consul to Finland in Jamaica, Andrew Issa, Mark Hart, of Hart Group of Companies, and the president of the Craft Traders Association, Melody Haughton.

Issa presented the ship’s captain, Ulf-Peter Lindstrom, with a special gift, a signed and framed Usain Bolt shirt. This was a treasured gift as Usain Bolt is a Jamaican Olympic runner and considered to be the fastest man in the world.

The nation and the cruise line are both excited about the new itinerary and look forward to providing travelers with a safe and fun experience.

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