A new port of call in Jamaica has been introduced by Royal Caribbean International.
The first phase of the development of Falmouth port is close to completion ahead of a formal opening next month and it has started accepting ships. The port will offer a two-berth pier, shops and restaurants as well as a transportation hub.
Subsequent phases will include onsite attractions and experiences, hotel and residential developments, as well as additional retail and restaurant options. The line’s first ship to call at the port, located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, was Voyager of the Seas.
Other Royal Caribbean ships due to call at Falmouth include Freedom of the Seas on February 23; Navigator of the Seas on February 24 and Allure of the Seas on March 30.
Described as the first “thematic” cruise port, Falmouth is a gateway for more than 60 shore excursions on the north coast of Jamaica. The formal opening of Falmouth port will take place on March 22 when Oasis of the Seas makes its maiden call.
Jamaica transport and works minister Mike Henry said: “Our sights have always been set on being the top cruise destination, and with the best-in-class berthing facilities at the Historic Falmouth port, we’ll now easily welcome the world’s largest ships.”
Royal Caribbean’s land operations senior vice president Craig Milan said: “We are delighted to see Voyager of the Seas make the first-ever ship call at Historic Falmouth.
“By partnering with the Port Authority of Jamaica, we are working to deliver our shared vision of Falmouth’s rebirth. Together, we are bringing the town’s historic sites to life and integrating the culture and authenticity of this destination into a superior guest experience.”