SAN JUAN – The MV Seabourn Odyssey, one of the most modern and luxurious cruise ships in the world, sailed into Puerto Rico’s capital this weekend ahead of the start of the cruise industry’s high season in the Caribbean, maritime officials said Sunday.
The Seabourn Odyssey is the first of a new class of luxury ships that can carry 450 passengers and a crew of 330, offering travelers 225 luxury suites, Puerto Rico Ports Authority, or APPR, executive director Ingrid Colberg said in a statement.
The ship, built in June 2009 by Genoa, Italy-based shipyard T. Mariotti, is 199 meters (652 feet) long and displaces 32,000 tons.
“We are confident that the efforts we have made to revitalize the cruise ship industry will increase tourism-passenger activity ... We are confident we will have a very productive high season for trade and the general economy of the island,” Colberg said.
Tourism Company executive director Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, for her part, said the cruise ship’s arrival was important for Puerto Rico, providing a boost to the economy and creating direct jobs.
The Seabourn Odyssey has six entertainment areas and lounges, a gym, swimming pools and saunas.
The ship, which arrived in San Juan from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will sail to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua and the Dominican Republic, among other Caribbean destinations.