Jamaica’s port of Falmouth, the newest port in the Caribbean, was expected to welcome its first ship this Friday, but discussions between the Jamaica Port Authority (JPA) and development partner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have led to the decision to push the opening back until February 17.
It’s the latest setback for the port, which was originally scheduled to receive its first ships, Holland America Line’s Ryndam and P&O Cruises’ Aurora, on November 3, although JPA claims it’s main priority is to get Falmouth to world-class standards.
“To go and spend this money building a world-class port, we felt we hadn’t reached the world-class experience we want,’ said William Tatham, vp cruise operations at JPA, as quoted on Seatrade Insider.
He elaborated by saying the port was ready for ships and tour operations but some construction is still underway and “we thought that, overall, the guest experience is not where we want it to be.”
Voyager of the Seas will now be the first ship to call in the port, which was built to accommodate Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, on February 17.
Stay tuned for more news of the opening. It’s currently scheduled for March so let’s hope they can finish it in time!