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Falmouth Overtakes Ocho Rios As Busiest Cruise Pier

The Falmouth cruise ship pier generated income of some US$4.4 million (J$380 million) from 50,700 passengers in April alone making it the island’s busiest pier, according to data from the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

The newly opened pier has already contributed to a 41 per cent rise in total cruise passengers in the month – at Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio – over year earlier levels.

Ocho Rios has held the record for cruise activity up to now.

In its first three months of operation, February to April, the Falmouth pier has landed nearly 100,000 passengers and 34,650 crew generating roughly US$8.7 million (J$746 million) in passenger expenditure.

The Financial Gleaner estimates are based on the Annual Travel Statistics 2010 published by the JTB which stated that “cruise passengers spent an average of US$87.35 per person per night”.

Government’s share of the visitor expenditure at the Falmouth cruise pier is projected at only J$91.4 million this fiscal year, up from J$56.7 million in the last fiscal year based on the Jamaica Public Bodies 2011-12 report published by the Ministry of Finance. Additionally, Ocho Rios cruise pier income formerly the island busiest, is projected to be flat at J$30 million, whilst the Port Antonio Marina is projected at J$48 million or nine per cent higher than in the last fiscal year. Montego Bay pier data was not disclosed.

 

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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‘Captain Hook’ Docks In Falmouth

Calico Jack, one of the most notorious and feared pirates to sail Jamaican waters, has returned to the country’s 18th-century commercial capital, Falmouth.

Jack, and his favourite cronies, including Jack Sparrow, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, on Saturday unveiled the island’s newest maritime attraction, Captain Hook, at the historic Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.

Captain Hook is an authentic pirate dinner show, celebrating a rich aspect of Jamaica’s heritage – the pirates. Its sister boat is operated in Cancun, Mexico.

“I am more delighted to be launching this latest attraction than if we were opening some huge hotel in Falmouth,” stated Prime Minister Bruce Golding in his speech to the intimate gathering on hand to welcome the new investors, Luis Reynoso and Paco Pujol.

Elated about venture

Having urged his Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett to find investors capable of adding a marquee attraction to the menu of options that currently exist on the island, Golding said he was elated about this new venture.

“We are involved in a very competitive industry where people have so many choices, so we have to be constantly positioning ourselves,” he said, suggesting further that the millions of visitors who visit our shores are not prepared to be locked up in their hotel rooms.

Built in Spain in 1986, the Galleon of Captain Hook is an exact replica of an 18th-century Spanish Galleon. The 93-foot boat has the capacity to host some 300 passengers. Representing the ancient history of pirates, combined with the luxury and sophistication of 21st century technology,Captain Hook sails daily at 6:30pm, returning at 9:30 p.m.

Suggesting that Captain Hook‘s investors could have chosen any number of themes, Golding described the attraction as remarkable.

“This story is so much a part of our culture,” asserts Golding.

 

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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