Falmouth cruise ship port officially open
The Falmouth Cruise Ship Port is now officially open and has successfully docked the world's largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas. The port was opened on March 22.
This historic occasion was declared open by Prime Minister Bruce Golding along with Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry; Minister of Tourism, Ed Bartlett; chairman and chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Noel Hylton, and chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Richard D. Fain.
Henry, in his opening remarks, said, "I am happy to be part of this official opening ceremony for the new cruise ship port here in Falmouth. It is certainly good to be no longer hearing about one cruise port being poised to stifle the others, but about the very exciting times that are here and ahead for the local cruise sector.
"... Whether the cruise liners dock in Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios or Port Antonio, it is important to remember that we are one country, from Negril to Morant Point, as we collectively search for a better life and more opportunities for each and every one of us".
The minister also indicated that there are plans to do further development of the cruise ports of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
There were some key stakeholder groups which were instrumental in the success of the development, and special commendations were extended to the entire Port Authority of Jamaica team.
The Falmouth Cruise Ship Port is a high-tech facility that boasts world-class standards based on its navigational requirements, and is geared towards enhancing Jamaica's cruise product. The project was developed by the Port Authority of Jamaica, which has the portfolio for cruise marketing and port development in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited.