Historic Falmouth Cruise Port - Press
February 3, 2017
From front left: Mrs. Shellion Rhoden (Business Manager - FJLCL); Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton (Minister of Health); Howard Mitchell (Chairman for Health & Wellness Foundation); Darion Thompson Smith (Parish Manager, Trelawny Health Services); Mark Hylton (Port Manager - Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal).
Falmouth Hospital receives chairs for Emergency Room.
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — In a presentation and handing over ceremony held at the Port of Falmouth grounds on December 16, 2016, the Falmouth hospital received a donation of chairs from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) / Falmouth Jamaica Land Company Limited (FJLCL). In their ongoing mission to enhance communities through partnership, RCCL / FJLCL donated chairs to the hospital after learning that there was a severe shortage in the Emergency Room waiting area. The Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton - Minister of Health, expressed gratitude for the latest set of chairs and called for more partnerships between the tourism and health ministries. The cruise line has undertaken several projects, the latest of which will see patients and visitors to the Falmouth General Hospital in Trelawny having a more comfortable arrangement while they await care.
Setting New Trends in the Cruise Industry
The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port (HFCP) project was planned as an extension of the local community, providing customs and security operations for the ships, together with a comprehensive list of services and activities for tourists and locals. Historic Falmouth Cruise Port includes Jamaican restaurants and cafes, boutique shops and craft markets, offices and residences, and authentic historic attractions and points of interest within walking distance.
To build this one-of-a-kind destination the Port Authority of Jamaica engaged E. Pihl & Son A.S., an international contracting company based in Denmark. Pihl provided construction and project managment, with financial arrangements made possible by the central bank of Denmark.
Falmouth was founded in 1769 and is considered one of the Caribbean's best-preserved historic towns. It's waterfront district is a National Heritage Site with Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760's to 1840. Falmouth's architectural heritage influenced every decision of the project, from creation of a thematic guest experience to land planning and cultural integration.
The master plan for the port incorporates pedestrian streets lined with buildings in a variety of styles and sizes inspired by local residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Like the townscape of Falmouth itself, these shared characteristics weave varied building styles into a distinctive pattern of early Jamaican architecture.
Sense of Arrival
Costumed characters will emerge from the pages of Falmouth's history books to entertain and inform visitors on their way to nearby excursions and tours. Whether guests visit the port by land or by sea, their experience at Historic Falmouth and the memories they take home with them will reflect an entertaining blend of authentic Jamaican heritage and Caribbean culture like no other port.
The vision plan for the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port extends beyond the pier itself to include several of Falmouth's threatened historic sites, many of which have suffered 200 years of tropical heat and humidity, hurricanes and neglect. Royal Caribbean worked with local historians and national agencies to spearhead a far-reaching program of restoration and preservation of these structures, repurposing them as successful heritage attractions and establishing a strategy for their maintenance and continued success.
Local Infrastructure and Improvements
Falmouth was known as "the wealthiest New World port south of Charleston." But that was long ago, and the town has afforded little change or modern upgrade since its post-emancipation decline. To ensure that Falmouth itself is ready to greet the throng of cruise passengers arriving at its door, Royal Caribbean's community relations team are working closely with the local municipality and parish council to plan and seek funding for street enhancement programs and sewer and drainage improvements.
The cruise port is being recognized as an important catalyst for creating opportunities in which local businesses can participate and invest in the rebirth of the region and deliver a clean and safe environment for visitors and residents alike.