Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Port of Falmouth Jamaica Not Ready

Artist Rendering Port of Falmouth, Jamaica

The opening of the new Port of Falmouth, Jamaica was scheduled for this coming Friday.  We have learned that the port is still under construction and Royal Caribbean has now postponed the first cruise-ship call until February 17th.

As shown in the artist rendering above, the new pier was designed to be able to accommodate Oasis-Class ships.   The first ship that was to call there was to be Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas but it will now be diverted to one of the other existing ports of call in Jamaica (Montego Bay or Ochos Rios).

According to the Jamaica Observer, the port looks "more like a bomb went off on the site than a high-class tourist trap". The article continues "the new Falmouth mega-liner cruise terminal was obviously far from complete".  (click the link to read more)

The port "town" is being built by Royal Caribbean International in collaboration with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ). The plan was to construct an all-inclusive resort town on the pier featuring contemporary shops, parks and landscaping, restaurants and bars, even a helipad, linked to the original town by tram-car and all built to match the colonial aesthetic of times past.

When will the Port of Falmouth officially open?   It's hard to say for sure, but it appears it will be a couple months before construction is far enough along for cruise passengers to enjoy their visit.   We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as they become available.  For now, Royal Caribbean is planning for Voyager of the Seas to be the first ship to call there in February.

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