With the successful docking of Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas at the Falmouth cruise ship pier in Trelawny, on February 17, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange has expressed confidence that the port and town of Falmouth will be ready for the mega cruise liner, Oasis of the Seas, on March 22.
This confidence by the Minister has been strongly supported by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), which has noted that the Falmouth cruise terminal has successfully met all the navigational requirements.
“The Port Authority of Jamaica is pleased to announce that the cruise terminal is now ready to accept the mega ship, Oasis of the Seas, scheduled to make its inaugural call on March 22. A technical assessment of the state-of-the-art pier, following the arrival of Voyager of the Seas, confirmed that the berthing facilities met and surpassed global standards,” a statement from the PAJ noted.
Speaking with JIS News at the pier on February 17, Miss Grange said that, “the cultural offerings and the heritage that we have to display, everything is in place."
“The Court House is still a work in progress, but it’s almost completed and will be ready for March 22. The museum will also be a work in progress. I commend everybody for the part they have played in the success of this project, including the Mayor, Councillor Colin Gager; the Port Authority of Jamaica; the Urban Development Corporation and all the stakeholders,” the Minister said.
Miss Grange pointed out that five more cruise ships would be making calls at the Falmouth cruise terminal in the weeks leading up to March 22.
“We will be fine-tuning during that period, so we can be truly ready on that date. I think that the residents of Falmouth and Trelawny are very excited. This is truly the right experience when you talk about cultural and heritage tourism and the tourism product which belong to the people and should make them feel a part of it, and not feel alienated or separated from visitors,” the Minister told JIS News.
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