News that the Royal Caribbean cruise has pulled Jamaica’s purpose-built port at Falmouth from multiple vacation itineraries has sparked concern about proposals for a new dock in Grand Cayman.
One of the key principles of the long-discussed plan to build new cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbour has been to secure cruise line involvement in the hope that this would guarantee passenger numbers.
However, Royal Caribbean’s significant financial investment in the Falmouth port does not appear to have stopped it from pulling some of its ships from the port.
Robert Hamaty, owner of Tortuga Rum in Cayman, which also has a store at the Falmouth Port, said the development was concerning but should not prevent Cayman from pushing ahead with plans for its own dock.
He said it is very sad as Royal Caribbean and the Jamaica government invested into the port.