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Troubled Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port finally welcomes first cruise guests
"We are delighted to see Voyager of the Seas make the first-ever ship call at Historic Falmouth," said Craig Milan, senior vice president of Land Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "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."
The port construction is a joint effort between between mega-ship maker Royal Caribbean International and the government of Jamaica. Originally scheduled to open last May, ongoing construction delays pushed opening the troubled port back, rerouting giant sisters Oasis and Allure of the Seas to Costa Maya, Mexico instead. It looks like the port is on track for an official grand opening in March though when Oasis of the Seas will make her first stop at the new facility.
On the ground today in Jamaica, cruise expert Stewart Chiron CEO, CruiseGuy.com tweeted "Crowds massing on rooftops, churches, roadways as town about to enter new Millennium. Feels like Christopher Columbus' arrival."
That was then, this is now.
"Marching band welcoming @RoyalCaribbean #cruise passengers as 1st to visit historic port of Falmouth" chimed Chiron.
Today, guests from Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas are experiencing a new and diverse variety of shore excursions while at Historic Falmouth, including:
- Good Hope Great House:located fifteen minutes from Falmouth, guests can choose from the new horse & carriage ride, river-tubing, ATV exploring, among others, on this former 18th century Jamaican plantation
- Dolphin Cove & Dunn's River Falls:adventure seekers can climb Dunn's River Falls; zip-line through the lush rainforest canopy or wind down the mountainside on a Jamaican bobsled at Mystic Mountain; or swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
- Appleton Estate: after a scenic drive through the Cockpit Country and Bamboo Avenue, guests can indulge in one of Falmouth's old-world delicacies by learning to make rum and sampling different aged rums.
- Rafting on Martha Brae: located five minutes from Falmouth, guests can enjoy a tranquil ride on a 30-foot bamboo raft.
Some ships previously scheduled to call at Falmough had been redirected to Ocho Rios or Montego Bay where guests aboard Royal Caribbean ships got a discount on the very popular "JamaicaForADay" packages that sounded like just what they need and maybe what super-slow Falmouth construction workers shouldn't have had.
The all-you-can-drink, all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-play excursion at Sunset Beach Resort pretty much washed away any post-ship diversion blues and brought on the trademark Jamaican party time with no problem mon.
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