Falmouth Ready Oct. 2010

Jamaica’s new port in Falmouth will be ready in October 2010, some six months later than originally planned, and will accept its first call from the 5,400-passenger, 220,000-ton Oasis of the Seas in December, said William Tatham, vice president, cruise shipping and marina operations. The delay was attributed to getting financing, Tatham said, adding that “financing is now in place.” Tatham predicted a “significant jump’ in passenger capacity for Jamaica in 2011, after Falmouth’s full year in operation – “300,000 – 400,000 additional passengers.” For 2009, the island originally expected 1.05 million passengers, however, Tatham said that cruise traffic thus far is “faring better than projected,” as Jamaica has received a number of “additional and unexpected calls” as a result of the swine flu closing down Mexican ports.

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