The JAXPORT Cruise Terminal recently hosted the passenger vessel Ocean Explorer for a one-time port-of-call visit. The luxury expedition vessel, operated by Vantage Deluxe World Travel, is carrying a total of 54 U.S.-based passengers during its nine-hour stop in Jacksonville.
During the single-day visit, Ocean Explorer’s passengers are experiencing excursion opportunities in Northeast Florida before the vessel departs this afternoon.
JAXPORT served as the first port-of-call on this one-time itinerary originating in Nassau, Bahamas. After departing JAXPORT, the ship is calling six other U.S. East Coast ports before returning to The Bahamas.
The Ocean Explorer’s visit is separate from JAXPORT’s homeported cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy. Carnival recently extended its pause on Ecstasy’s service from Jacksonville through February 2022. Read more here.
JAXPORT’s Cruise Terminal is ready for the safe return of regular cruise service. The port has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines, including sanitizing the cruise terminal building before and after each cruise. In addition, clear physical barriers have been installed in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection debarkation area to facilitate social distancing, and sanitization stations are available at multiple locations throughout the terminal.
JAXPORT occasionally hosts port-of-call visits from cruise ships and passenger vessels. The most recent was in 2017 with the arrival of the luxury residential cruise ship The World.