Port Antonio (Jamaica) is the capital city of Portland parish, located on the island's northeastern coast, approx 100 km (60 ml) from Kingston. The city has population around 15,000. Port Antonio is ranked Jamaica's 3rd largest seaport. Its main business is shipping coconuts and bananas. The tourism is also a major contributor to town's economy.
Port Antonio became a cruise port destination after Cuba's opening to the cruise industry in 2016. As call port, it receives mainly visits from small-sized and premium cruise ships. As draft, it is limited to vessels with LOA length up to 220 m (720 ft).
In 1723 Portland became formally a parish by order of Duke of Portland, and then Governor of Jamaica, after whom it was named. The existing port was to be named Port Antonio and slated to become naval stronghold. By 1729, the British started to create Fort George on a peninsula that separates the twin East and West harbors famous as Titchfield promontory. Fort George was intended to defend settlers from attacks from the sea by the Spanish, as well as from run-away slaves (Maroons) who lived in the mountains.
Until the 1880s, Port Antonio was just a sleepy coastal town, but Lorenzo Dow Baker initiated Jamaica's banana trade and successfully advertised Port Antonio as a tourist destination for wealthy Americans. The banana trade and tourists who came in banana boats, was so large that at one time, weekly cruises from Port Antonio were greater than weekly sailings from one of the greatest English ports, Liverpool.
The island was glamoured by Hollywood as paradise model in movies of the 1940s-1950s, including Club Paradise and Cocktail. Movie star Errol Flynn arrived in 1946 when his yacht Zaca washed ashore due to bad weather. Subsequently, he purchased nearby Navy Island, which is part of historic Fort George, along with hundreds of acres of farmland along Portland coast. A lot of members of movie stars, royal families, great musicians, and famous politicians have been to Port Antonio.
A popular sight in the area is the Blue Lagoon, which owes its colour to the depth of 61 m (200 ft). Other worth-seeing sights include the solitary Frenchman's Cove Beach, Folly Mansion ruins and historic DeMontevin Lodge. Boston Bay, Reach Falls and Rio Grande are also close by. There is also Bay View Eco Resort situated on former Coconut Plantation and Long Bay's Pimento Lodge which is within easy reach of all destinations.
Port Port Antonio cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Port Antonio, Jamaica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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