Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Jamaican cruise port Falmouth is having issues

Fans of sex and drugs might be happy but for the rest of the traveling world and Jamaica, they're not.  New cruise port Falmouth in Jamaica is having problems with drug dealers and prostitutes bugging visitors.  I did a spot recently about Prostitutes at Hedonism II and now it seems we got new problems.

Both the Jamaica Observer and Go-Jamaica this week are reporting that passengers getting off ships in Falmouth are complaining of harassment from local Jamaicans selling goods and services -- harassment so severe that Royal Caribbean has threatened to keep its passengers from leaving the dockside port compound and entering the town.

(Voyager of the Seas at Falmouth)

The news outlets say the harassment prompted Jamaica's tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, to issue a warning this week to residents of the area, and Falmouth's mayor held a hastily called town hall meeting on Monday.

The news outlets note Royal Caribbean met last Friday with local officials and other tourism industry stakeholders to complain about the harassment.  In response, officials have promised an increased police presence during ship visits, including more undercover officers, starting with this week's visit of Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, the news outlets say.  A new licensing system for vendors also is being implemented.

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