Friday, February 18, 2011

First Ship Arrives in New Falmouth Port

Photo courtesy of The Gleaner
Royal Caribbean
Voyager of the Seas

Port of Falmouth, Jamaica

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas  became the first cruise ship to call in the brand new port of Falmouth, Jamaica on Thursday.

Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Falmouth was once a significant shipping center during the Colonial England period but later lost favor over the deep-water ports like Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.   The town's buildings fell into disrepair and the history of this once important town was threatened to be forgotten.

Royal Caribbean International in collaboration with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), entered into a joint venture 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.

The venture has had a rocky road to this point with delays which prevented the scheduled opening earlier this year.   The official port opening is scheduled for March 22nd when Oasis of the Seas makes its maiden call on the new port.

While doing research for this post, I came across this Royal Caribbean blog article, Falling for Falmouth: An Expert’s Guide to Discovering the Beauty & Adventure of our Newest Port!, which provides more information about the history and the transformation into this new cruise port which should revitalize the area.

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The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port is serving as a catalyst for the town's rehabilitation and beautification as well as raising awareness of the importance of documenting and preserving Falmouth's history for future generations.

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