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Profile: William Tatham

The man behind Jamaica's cruise success

profile-william-tathamHe would not make such a claim himself, but if there is one man behind the runaway success of Jamaica as a cruise destination then that man is William Tatham. Mr Tatham answers questions from Caribbean Maritime about his life, his genuine passion for Jamaica and its key position in the region’s cruise industry.

Q: Where were you born and where did you go to school?
A: I was born in Mandeville, Jamaica which is located in the center of the island about 2,000 ft above sea level. Most of my schooling was in Mandeville at Belair School – an institution founded and funded by the alumina companies headquartered in Mandeville. I then graduated from university school at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale.

Q: Did you have a clear idea when you were growing up of what career you might choose?
A: Like all kids I thought I knew what I wanted to do and for many years it was to work in the world of movies, behind the camera in the area of production. In pursuit of that I worked on a number of movies and a television show between graduating high school and going to university. It did not take long for me to realize that this was not what I really wanted to do.

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