Jamaica officially opens new cruise port, welcomes super-liner

A new cruise ship port in northern Jamaica celebrated its official launch Tuesday with the arrival of one of the world’s largest recreational liners, the Associated Press reports.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas docked at the Falmouth pier in Trelawny with nearly 6,000 passengers aboard, the government said in a statement. The two-berth Historic Falmouth Cruise Port development is nestled between the resort cities of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. A $220 million, three-phase project, it is being developed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Port Authority of Jamaica.

It was originally scheduled to open in early January, but has suffered from delays. Work is still underway to construct retail stores and a historical center, among other features.

Although the port received its first visiting cruise ship in February, officials held the opening ceremony until Tuesday’s arrival of the Oasis of the Seas. A 16-deck, 225,000-ton (204,100-metric-ton) ship, it plans visits to Haiti and Mexico this voyage before returning to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The number of cruise ship passengers visiting Jamaica dropped 1.4 percent last year to 910,000.

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