Falmouth cruise excursions begin at the port city’s state-of-the-art terminal. A long time in the works, the $180 million port opened in 2011 with two berths able to accommodate the largest cruise ships, the Oasis class. But it’s so much more than just a place to park a ship. The port is a favorite place for visitors and locals to enjoy shopping and dining and find transportation. The entire cruise port blends seamlessly with the surrounding city’s historic buildings. Whether you embark on shore excursions organized by the cruise company or you explore on your own, you’ll find some amazing experiences under the Caribbean sun.
If you’re not sure where to start, you could stop by the visitor information center close to the pier. Here you can pick up a Falmouth cruise port map to learn what’s there and get suggestions about what to do in town. You also could hop aboard the trolley for an overview tour of Falmouth and decide what you want to do with your free time on shore.
As soon as you get to the terminal, you will get a taste of the local heritage on a Falmouth cruise excursion. The terminal and its shopping center were designed in the Georgian style of architecture, and you’ll find the real thing throughout the town. Its historic district is one the best preserved collections of English colonial buildings in the entire Caribbean. The Albert George Market features cast-iron straight from England, and the Barrett House was built by a town founder who happened to be the great-grandfather of poet Elizabeth Barret Browning.
Of course many people on Falmouth cruise excursions are there for adventure. From the cruise terminal, you can begin shore excursions to some of the most exciting destinations on Jamaica’s north shore. Ocho Rios and its amazing waterfalls are about an hour east, along with zip lines, swimming with the dolphins, and the rainforest. If you head to west, you could experience Montego Bay and its world-class beaches.
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