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.