The Disney Wonder arrived in Falmouth earlier today marking not only her first-call at the Port of Jamaica, but also the first for Disney Cruise Line. Today’s call in Falmouth will be the first of many scheduled arrivals for Disney Cruise Line’s ships on select Western Caribbean itineraries through the end of 2014, and potentially beyond. In an article on Go-Jamaica.com, the mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson mentions that he is happy to have Disney coming to town, and hopes that a deal can be sealed to see the vessel returning for at least a few years.
Another article from the Jamaica Observer indicates that local officials see Disney’s willingness to call on Falmouth as a seal of approval as a family destination. William Tatham, VP of Cruise & Marine Operations for the Port Authority of Jamaica hopes that Disney’s presence will help sell Jamaica as a family destination. Following almost 10 years of unsuccessful attempts to get Disney to sail to Jamaica, local officials invited executives Disney Cruise Line to the newly built cruise pier last May. Following a review of the area and the availability of tours Disney decided that Falmouth may very well have something to offer their passengers.
Tatham joined Member of Parlament, Patrick Atkinson aboard the Disney Wonder for a customary plaque exchange ceremony. Atkinson acknowledged that there is still some work to do to clean up the town and curb the harassment outside the gated pier in order to make arriving tourist feel more welcomed to Jamaica.
The Disney Wonder will sail to Falmouth four more times this year while home porting in Galveston, Texas.
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder – Itinerary A from Galveston, TX
Galveston, TX • At Sea • At Sea • Falmouth, Jamaica • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands • Cozumel, Mexico • At Sea
- 10/19/2013, 11/2/2013, 11/16/2013, 11/30/2013
Future Disney Cruises to Falmouth Jamaica
The Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy will be adding a stop in Falmouth, Jamaica in 2014 on select 7-Night Western Caribbean itineraries. Beginning in May, the Disney Fantasy will call on Falmouth on alternating weeks.
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy – Itinerary C from Port Canaveral, FL
- Port Canaveral, FL • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands • Falmouth, Jamaica • At Sea • Disney’s Castaway Cay
5/10/2014, 5/24/2014, 6/7/2014, 6/21/2014, 7/5/2014, 7/19/2014, 8/2/2014, 8/16/2014, 8/30/2014, 9/13/2014, 9/27/2014, 10/11/2014, 10/25/2014, 11/8/2014
Although the Disney Magic will be sailing exclusively Western Caribbean cruises in late 2014 from Port Canaveral, she will only be stopping in Jamaica every other Thursday.
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Magic – Itinerary B from Port Canaveral, FL
Port Canaveral, FL • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands • Falmouth, Jamaica • At Sea • Disney’s Castaway Cay
- 11/16/2014, 11/30/2014, 12/14/2014, 12/28/2014
Disney sail from new Orleans you can have an amazing home port with Falmouth Jamaica!!! Please come!
I will be on the Fantasy’s inaugural trip to Jamaica next May. Only 30 weeks away (sounds so much closer than 212 days). Can’t wait.
My wife and I were on the Wonder last week during DCL’s inaugural call to Falmouth. The locals are wonderful and the folks at Chukka are awesome. We did the High Tea at Good Hope excursion.
All of the shopping that you do that is on your shopping map is exclusively in the port compound behind security which is a good since the rest of the surrounding area is very industrial so there are very few shops outside of it. To get to the excursions, you need to be take a “bus” to them.
We were on the Dream in 2011 and it stopped at the Bahamas. We didn’t book any excursions. We had others booked at the other ports and they add up quickly $$ so we decided to just walk around and take it easy. The city was repulsive. We were dodging Beggers, braiders and people trying to sell you stuff with smell of urine wafting in the air just a 10 min walk off the boat. Looking back, we should’ve stayed on the boat. We are sailing this summer on the Fantasy, My question…is it worth it to even get off the boat in Jamaica? Are there any excursions not worth missing? Or should we just stay on the Fantasy? If the Bahamas was bad, I cannot imagine Jamaica being better. I worry for our safety. Jamaica has always been labeled unsafe. There’s 5 of us. 3 kids ages 5, 7, 12.
No, it’s not worth getting off the boat. I just got back from sailing on the Fantasy yesterday and by far Jamaica was a huge let down. The customs patrol had nasty attitudes and we only did half of the excursion I booked and paid for. What’s worse is Port Adventures did not offer any sort of refund, but did give us a free flotation device and snorkel for Castaway Cay day. The gesture was nice, but we wanted them to make right on what went so terrible wrong and flotation devices and such was not the answer. Many others felt the same way as not a single person I spoke to on the boat (including cast member) was impressed by Jamaica.