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Falmouth residents excited for cruise ship

Published:Monday | March 21, 2011 | 5:21 PM

Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer

Residents of the Georgian town of Falmouth are anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s arrival of the largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Sea.

The excitement in Falmouth was evident today with a number of residents flooding the Mayor’s Office seeking information about the ship’s arrival.

Following a tour of the Falmouth Cruise Ship pier today, Port Authority of Jamaica Public Relations Officer Andrea White told the Gleaner/Power 106 News that all systems are in place to accommodate the ship.

She says the berthing facility at the port is 100 per cent ready and everyone is raring to witness this historic moment.

Meanwhile, teams have been working feverishly to ensure that Water Square in Falmouth is attractive for Tuesday’s arrival of the ship.

Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager says cleaning up of the town started on Sunday and will continue until tomorrow just before the arrival of the ship.

He says a big screen television will be placed at strategic points in Water Square so that residents can see what is happening on the port.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea is expected to pull in to the multi-million US dollar Cruise Ship terminal with over 8,000 passengers and crew members on board.

A welcoming ceremony will take place on the grounds of the Port.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding is expected to attend.