The Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier is a US$220 million investment into the development of the town of Falmouth to ensure Jamaica is established as the premier tourism destination in the western world. It was developed by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited (RCCL).
The pier is the largest the region has the capacity to handle at least two mega ships at the same time. It hosted the world’s largest ship, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Oasis of the Seas in 2010. When the project is complete the pier will boast state-of-art facilities including a terminal building to house port security, customs, immigration, as well as a transportation centre and retail shops.
Trelawny will be the site for the construction of Jamaica’s first artisan village. The village will be located adjacent to the new Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier.
The Ministry of Tourism plans to use Artisan Villages to enhance the craft shopping experience in resort areas. The Villages will be developed as thematic attractions with each Village expected to showcase elements of a Jamaican cultural experience including art and craft stalls, Jamaican cuisine, entertainment, music and other aspects of local culture.
The Villages will also facilitate the training of craft producers in new and techniques in the production of craft items, to allow for increased range of options to visitors as well as products geared towards low and high-end niche markets.
The land on which the Artisans Village will be established is being donated by the Port Authority of Jamaica.