The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is pleased to announce that the Falmouth Cruise Terminal has met all navigational requirements and is now ready to accept the mega-ship – Oasis of the Seas, scheduled to make its inaugural call on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
A technical assessment of the state-of-the-art pier following today’s arrival of Voyager of the Seas at 8:00am sharp, confirmed that the berthing facilities met and surpassed global standards.
The PAJ has invested US$170M in the Falmouth Terminal, which is indicative of the continued commitment to the development of Jamaica as the premier cruise destination in the Caribbean. The project created 400 part time jobs and 40 permanent positions.
“We are elated with the successful completion of this project which now creates an opportunity for Jamaica to receive Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise ship, and we will do so at a time, when there is a high level of competition in the cruise industry. In addition, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our main partners, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited, for forming this strategic partnership,” said the Hon. Mike Henry, Minister of Transport & Works. The Minister also expressed commendations to other key stakeholders for their contribution in bringing the project to fruition.
The Minister also expressed appreciation for the unwavering support provided by Mr. Noel Hylton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica along with his team.
The Port Authority of Jamaica has started the revitalization of Water Square including Seaboard Street, Reed Lane, Falmouth Street and Lower Market Street, in order to create the same ambience as provided in the Cruise Ship terminal. This is expected to be completed by March 15.
Issued by: The Port Authority of Jamaica