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Media barred from cruise ship arrival at Falmouth

Published:Thursday | February 17, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer

Several residents gathered at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny to see the maiden visit the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship which docked at the port this morning.

However, the media was barred.

Journalists and camera crew who turned up for the 8 o’ clock arrival of ship were told by security personnel at the entrance gate that the media would not be allowed on the compound.

When pressed for information the security guards said they were instructed to inform the media that they would be invited to cover official opening of the Falmouth Pier on March 22 when the world's largest cruise ship “Oasis of the Seas” will be on display.

Meanwhile, the residents said they were happy about the opening of the pier and the arrival of the cruise ship and that they are hopeful that this will lead to job creation and other economic activities in Falmouth.

It’s understood that 3,000 passengers were aboard the vessel.

The first passengers to disembark were a couple from the Texas in the United States.

The couple told our correspondent that they were happy to be on their second visit to Jamaica.