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  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second biggest cruise line in the world, will be committing a fourth in the line of luxury Oasis-class vessels to the Caribbean, including Jamaica, a senior RCCL official has confirmed.
  • The vessel, which is currently under construction and is yet to be named, will replace ‘Harmony of the Seas’ as the biggest cruise ship in the world and could be calling on the Port of Falmouth as early as 2018.
  • Captain Johnny Faevelen said security is foremost on the list of concerns when a decision is made about a port, adding that RCCL is satisfied with the steps Jamaica has been taking to ensure that visitors are safe.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second biggest cruise line in the world, will be committing a fourth in the line of luxury Oasis-class vessels to the Caribbean, including Jamaica, a senior RCCL official has confirmed.

The vessel, which is currently under construction and is yet to be named, will replace ‘Harmony of the Seas’ as the biggest cruise ship in the world and could be calling on the Port of Falmouth as early as 2018.

It will also give Jamaica the distinction of hosting the four largest ships in the world. Currently, the three Oasis-class RCCL ships – ‘Oasis of the Seas’, ‘Allure of the Seas’ and ‘Harmony of the Seas’ – are all calling on the port of Falmouth.

“There is a fourth one being built and which I am thrilled to let you know will more than likely end up in these waters. Royal Caribbean wants to stick to its name and have its home in the Caribbean. It wants to keep all of its vessels, including the Oasis class, in these waters, especially here in Jamaica,” Harmony’s captain, Johnny Faevelen, told JIS News.

Captain Faevelen said RCCL’s continued commitment to Jamaica is testament to the value of the island’s tourism offerings and also an appreciation of the relationship over the years.

He added that there are approximately 80 different nationalities employed to the company, with Jamaican workers well represented.

Captain Faevelen said security is foremost on the list of concerns when a decision is made about a port, adding that RCCL is satisfied with the steps Jamaica has been taking to ensure that visitors are safe.

He said that while Carnival Corporation has more ships than RCCL, his company has been gaining in stature and currently has a very young and modern fleet of ships.

“There is no other cruise line that can compete with us in terms of the luxury class that we have,” he added.