Cruise ship proposal brought into focus for commissioners

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

This winter Jenkins visited the company headquarters in New York and pitched Port St. Joe as a stop for an eco-tourism cruise.

Travel Dynamics agreed, she said, and will next month begin marketing a cruise which would come to Port St. Joe in April 2015.

The ship would bring 135 passengers, Jenkins said. The company markets to travelers from such companies and universities as Stanford, Smithsonian and the Rhodes scholarship foundation.

“These are avid travelers and these cruises are not cheap,” Jenkins said. “We are being pitched as providing a day of eco-excursions.”

After marketing the cruise to its list of clients, Travel Dynamics would open the cruise to others. If sold out the company would book a second and so on if reservations warranted.

The cruise would originate in New Orleans and stop at Mobile, AL, Pensacola, Panama City, Port St. Joe and end in Tampa.

Jenkins and a TDC committee examining the cruise industry and potential for Port St. Joe, has also looked at two other companies, Jenkins said, and she will continue to market the area to those companies.

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