Cruise destination with a fascinating past


A unique cruise destination, Historic Falmouth, has been created on the north coast of Jamaica, just 22 miles from the world-famous resort of Montego Bay.

The largely forgotten coastal town of Falmouth – part of the fabric of Jamaica’s heyday as a British colony – has been restored to its former glory. As part of this restoration, Falmouth has become a fully fledged cruise destination with purpose-built facilities to host the new Oasis class of vessels.

With the creation of Historic Falmouth, the Port Authority has opened the way to a very special visitor experience. The concept is a bit like colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, USA – but this ‘must see’ destination has its own distinctly Jamaican flavour. Falmouth’s rich heritage provides an impressive backdrop to the two-berth cruise terminal, which has been designed in a style that reflects the architectural and social history of the town.

In terms of other visitor attractions, Falmouth is close enough for cruise passengers to enjoy the best that Montego Bay and Ocho Rios have to offer. Go rafting on the Martha Brae river, take a trip to the Greenwood Great House (a former Edward Barrett residence), swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, or join in a nature trek with Chukka Caribbean Adventure Tours. There is also ready access from Falmouth to the island’s mountainous Cockpit Country, which contains a selection of flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world.

Port details

Airports: Sangster International Airport is 35 km form the port.

Anchorage: No available anchorage.

Facilities: Pilotage, water, provisions.

Medical Aid: Falmouth Hospital is 1.2 km from the port.

Pilot: Pick-up ½ mile (NE or NW) of the sea buoy at entrance to Falmouth harbour.

Pilotage: Agents alert Pilotage Depatment on ship’s ETA and ETD at least 12 hours before required time. Pilot boards and guides ship in and out of channel. Pilotage charges are calculated according to grt.

Position: 18°30N, 77°39W.

Tenders: Tender service is not available.

Towage: Not available.

Weather: NE winds prevail by day, SE by night. NE winds are strongest between May and October. Negligible tides.

Berth Usable length Depth alongside Max ship’s draught
Berth 1 1,180 ft 37 ft 33 ft
Berth 2 1,180 ft 37 ft 33 ft