Update: Jamaica Unrest -- Impact on Cruise Travel?

May 24, 2010
Jamaica Montego Bay Update, 4:44 p.m. EDT: Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean report back that it's business as usual for the lines in Jamaica.

(11:06 a.m. EDT) -- Jamaican authorities have declared a state of emergency in Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica, after attacks on police stations by gang members, according to CNN. The violence was spurred by the United States' attempted extradition of a suspected drug kingpin.

We are currently looking into what, if any, impact the unrest will have on cruise calls. At this point, itinerary changes are unlikely. Ocho Rios is about 84 kilometers, or 52 miles, from Kingston. Montego Bay is even farther away -- 180 kilometers, or about 112 miles. And we have not yet heard of any changes or cancellations to shore excursions (few, if any, go to or near Kingston).

Carnival Destiny is in Ocho Rios today and Emerald Princess and Liberty of the Seas are due there Wednesday. Pacific Dream calls in Montego Bay today, meanwhile, with Carnival Conquest due in Wednesday.

--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor, and Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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