Jamaica May Create Cruise Port in Negril

The Jamaican government is reportedly considering construction of a cruise ship port near Negril, a popular destination, especially for younger travelers, on the western coast. "One of the areas we are looking at is to expand the number of ports in Jamaica where we will have cruise visits in the future," said Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. "We are looking at Negril as one of the areas to be developed." Bartlett is keen to increase cruise passenger expenditures in Jamaica from $100 per person to $150 and beyond. Work on the redevelopment of the port in Falmouth, Trelawny, will begin in February in advance of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, which is due to arrive in 2009. (DE)