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About Falmouth

Nearly four years in the making, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port (the official -- and somewhat ironic -- name for a place created in 2011) is located in Jamaica's north coast town of Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny parish. Well positioned between the popular ports of Ocho Rios (60 miles west) and Montego Bay (18 miles east), Falmouth's two-berth port is a triangular peninsula that can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world within a very short walk of the city's historic Georgian sights.

In the 19th century when Jamaica was under British rule, Falmouth was bustling and prosperous, shipping sugar, rum and coffee to England and serving as an arrival port for African slaves. Its fortunes declined after slavery was abolished and only began to revive when the $220-million, purpose-built cruise port came.

A short walk to Falmouth's streets, the port is well guarded and closed to locals, save for Jamaicans who work at the dozens of shops and handful of restaurants. With a faux-Georgian terminal building leading to a large square bordered by red-roofed, Caribbean-style buildings housing various businesses, the port may strike you either as attractive or as artificial and Disney-esque, depending on your point of view. Those homesick for American fast food will find a Dairy Queen and Quiznos. There's plenty of shopping, from upscale jewelry stores to a crafts market. A dozen large posters relate Falmouth's history, including the fact that Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt hails from the area.

The town of Falmouth is being developed to better appeal to tourists, but there's much work to do. Those who do walk the dusty streets to have a look at architectural gems such as Falmouth Court House and St. Peter's Anglican Church will likely run a gantlet of hair braiders and vendors of everything from local carvings to knitted caps with fake Rasta dreadlocks attached. Being hassled by vendors is a common complaint, although refusing to engage and walking past with eyes forward and a polite but firm "No, thank you" worked for us.

Many cruisers never go beyond the gates of the port, where a crowded outpost of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville has a pool, swim-up bar, and mini version of Dunn's River Falls, not to mention a hot tub shaped like the bowl of a margarita glass. A good number leave for the day in a bus or cab to go on one of the numerous excursions offered by cruise lines; there are also local guides and drivers that you can engage on the spot.

Lovers of local flavor will enjoy interacting with restaurant staffers and merchants, watching chattering schoolchildren in uniforms hurrying home, or sampling barbecue-like jerk chicken or a Jamaican patty -- a pastry filled with meat, chicken or vegetables.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Falmouth
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
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    Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

    Cons

    Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

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    Liberty of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, Liberty of the Seas is a large ship that ...

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    mimimacaw
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great ship, food and entertainment
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    MDtechiecruiser
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A great, unique experience
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Falmouth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

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    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    metadoc
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We had a great time!
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Labadee, Falmouth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Labadee
    • Day 4
      Falmouth
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

    Cons

    Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

    Bottom Line

    Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.

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    Oasis of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board...

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    Nola93
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oasis spoiled these first-time cruisers! Some downsides though. Details below...
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    kmb2010
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great ship
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, Bonaire ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    13 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Curacao
    • Day 8
      Aruba
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Falmouth
    • Day 11
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 12
      Cozumel
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      New Orleans
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

    Cons

    Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

    Bottom Line

    Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

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    Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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    happilymarried1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    3rd time with NCL
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    bigshel99
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Very nice holiday cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Falmouth
    • Day 6
      Labadee
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

    Cons

    Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

    Bottom Line

    If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.

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    Allure of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas was the world's largest cruise ship -- for six years -- befo...

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    beachlovers4
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    We'll be back!!
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    Housingcopper
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Time - Disappointed with Port Changes
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Perfect Day at CocoCay, Falmouth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    6 Night Cruise to Falmouth Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Falmouth
    • Day 5
      Labadee
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Odyssey of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

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    Odyssey of the Seas Reviews

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    0.0/5

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Falmouth

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Labadee, Falmouth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International