The question emerged this week after Colin Gager, Falmouth, Jamaica’s mayor, claimed in local press reports that three Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, as well as one ship from Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises brand, will end their calls at the port said Gager, with cruise-line officials citing “concerns over tourist harassment and other issues” according to a Jamaica Gleaner report.
However Royal Caribbean will reduce Allure of the Seas’ Falmouth calls during the 2018-19 season, a plan established earlier this year to offer travelers “a greater variety” of Caribbean itineraries, the spokesman said.
Royal Caribbean’s 5,535-passenger Symphony of the Seas, which will enter service in the spring of 2018, was not scheduled to include Falmouth on its upcoming Caribbean itineraries, Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) officials confirmed this week.
The Falmouth port call confusion in part reflects the increasingly high regard Caribbean destinations and tourism stakeholders have for cruise ship traffic.