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The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

Jamaica’s Falmouth Cruise Port Debut Rescheduled January 5, 2011

Jamaica Sunset

The first cruise ship call at Jamaica’s historic Falmouth cruise port, which had originally been planned for Jan. 7, 2011, has been rescheduled for Feb. 17, according to a statement from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas will be the first ship to call at the $220 million port, followed by the Royal Caribbean ships Freedom of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas. In January and early February, the ships will each visit their established Jamaican ports of call.

While the Falmouth cruise port project is “on schedule,” according to a statement from Royal Caribbean, the Jamaican government, a partner in the project, and Royal Caribbean “jointly decided to postpone the arrival of passenger ships arriving into Falmouth until February.”

Royal Caribbean and Jamaican officials opted to delay Falmouth’s premiere after touring the site this past weekend and finding “it is not quite ready to deliver the high standards we are striving for. … Construction of the new thematic village continues at a fast pace and numerous administrative agencies of the Jamaican Cabinet Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Transportation have initiated enhancements to the town.”

The rescheduling follows local press reports highlighting the incomplete status of several projects at the 32-acre port. RCCL’s largest ship, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, is scheduled to make its inaugural Falmouth call on March 22. For more information, visit www.visitjamaica.com.

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Getting Married in Jamaica October 4, 2010

Seaside Wedding at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay

A marriage in Jamaica is easy and legally recognized in the United States.

We will share some of the legal guidelines for getting married in Jamaica – be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare all of your documents, and work closely with not just me (your travel professional) but also the resort’s wedding coordinator to make sure everything is in order before the big day. We don’t want anything to disrupt your extra special day.

These requirements apply to American citizens;  if you are a citizen of another country, be sure to check with your country’s embassy for any special requirements you may need to get married in Jamaica.

Marriage License

Visitors can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior arrangements has been made for a marriage license. The cost of a license if 4,000 Jamaican dollars (approximately US $60 – US $65).  To apply for your marriage license, call the Jamaican Ministry of Justice at 876-906-4923 ext 31 or email: customerservice@moj.gov.jm

Required Documents

In order to get legally married by an officer recognized by the Jamaican government, the following documents should be sent via courier (example: FedEx) to your wedding coordinator at least four (4) weeks prior to your arrival in Jamaica:

* Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name

* Notarized copies of the bride and groom’s official ID (Passports)

* Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce)

* Notarized copy of death certificate for widow or widower

* Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age

When you are ready to plan your Wedding in Paradise on the beautiful island of Jamaica, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Congratulations to you both

 

Jamaica aims to boost image May 31, 2010

The Island of Jamaica

As reported by Travel Weekly on May 31, 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board plans to launch a campaign to bolster the destination’s image, which has been damaged by recent violence in sections of Kingston, where military and security forces have hunted for alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

The operation resulted in the deaths of more than 50 civilians and some security personnel and was featured prominently on news and cable stations around the world.

The situation has eased and Jamaica’s police have regained control of Tivoli Gardens, the West Kingston ghetto where Coke has a loyal following.

John Lynch, director of tourism and chairman of the JTB, told Travel Weekly that cancellations in the resort areas of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios “have been a small percentage of our bookings.”

“We continue to advise of the distance between Kingston and the resort areas on the north coast,” he said. “Our travel partners are assuring us that bookings are remaining relatively stable with few cancellations.”

Kingston is approximately 62 miles from Ocho Rios and 112 miles from Montego Bay.

Although Lynch did not provide specific details on the new campaign or give a timeline as to when it would launch, he said that content would emphasize that the airports in both Kingston and Montego Bay are open and cruise ships have continued their schedules.

“The majority of the travelers and groups who have long-standing plans to visit Jamaica are still moving forward with their scheduled travels to Jamaica,” Lynch said.

The JTB “is communicating with our travel agents on a daily basis, who continue to reassure current and potential travelers to Jamaica that visitors have not been affected by the disturbance. Hoteliers advise that tourists are enjoying Jamaica’s attractions and facilities,” said Lynch.

Personal Thought: I have clients ( three young ladies celebrating their 30th Birthday)  that arrived on the island about 3 days after all the trouble started and I wanted to make sure they were okay, so I was in contact with them for the first three days they were on the island and they were having a ball. They returned home today (May31st) and they are already planning another visit to the island. This was their first time leaving the US and they are ready to return to Jamaica alread!

I enjoy traveling to Jamaica and will always continue to travel and vacation on this beautiful island. The people, the vibes, the food and the history of a great people is what makes it a true love for me. Every country has problems and Jamaica is no different so that is why I will continue to support this great country of beautiful loving people. Like the saying says:

Jamaica Once you go You Know

 

Falmouth cruise port on schedule for January opening May 18, 2010

Navigator of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

FALMOUTH, Jamaica — The 32-acre, two-berth cruise port in Falmouth on Jamaica’s north coast will welcome Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas on schedule on Jan. 7, according to John Tercek, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ vice president of commercial development.

Falmouth will be one of the stops on the Navigator’s seven-day sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.

Starting next March, Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will call in Falmouth.

The Falmouth port is a partnership between RCCL and the Port Authority of Jamaica, and will transform the historic town of Falmouth into the first thematic cruise port destination, according to Tercek.

Construction began last September. Two long piers are taking shape, surrounded by a land mass accommodating roadways, terminal buildings and eventually a town center with shops, restaurants and boutique hotels.

“The master plan for the port incorporates pedestrian streets lined with buildings inspired by local structures that weave building styles into a distinctive pattern of early Jamaican architecture with Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760s to 1840,” Tercek said.

The land mass was created by dredging 53 million cubic feet in Falmouth’s harbor, according to Tercek. The material removed from the sea was then dried and used to create the 15-acre landfill.

“Professional divers, supervised by divers with the National Environmental Protection Agency, also relocated 100,000 pieces of coral during the dredging process,” Tercek said.

The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port will be owned and operated by the Port Authority of Jamaica. RCCL is the developer, and Danish firm E. Pihl & Son serves as the general contractor.

RCCL is guaranteeing that it will bring 667,000 cruise passengers a year into Falmouth once the port is open, according to Tercek.

The January opening will signal the completion of the first of five phases of the Falmouth project. More than 100 tenants have signed leases for the new shops on the cruise pier.

“We’ve received more than 60 proposals from Jamaican tour operators who want to operate land excursions and tours from Falmouth,” Tercek said.

Falmouth will be Jamaica’s fourth cruise port, but the only one capable of handling the Oasis and the Allure. Jamaica also has cruise ports in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.