Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas added Costa Maya, Mexico, to its western Caribbean itinerary and temporarily dropped Falmouth, Jamaica, effective May 2010.

The 5,400-passenger ship enters service in December.

Royal Caribbean altered 16 Caribbean sailings because the Falmouth port, currently under construction, won’t be ready in time for the ship’s western Caribbean debut.

"Completion of the port is going to take longer than we had hoped, but Falmouth will be outstanding when it is completed," stated Craig Milan, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s senior vice president of land operations.

The Oasis will make its first call in Falmouth during a sailing that departs Dec. 11, 2010.

The Jamaican port is being purpose-built for the two Oasis-class ships, the Oasis and the Allure, as a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and Jamaica.

Twenty minutes from Montego Bay and 30 minutes from Ocho Rios, Falmouth was supposed to be ready by May 2010.

In addition to Costa Maya, the Oasis’ western Caribbean itinerary includes calls at Cozumel and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private destination on the northern coast of Haiti.

The Oasis will launch Caribbean cruises in December with an eastern itinerary that includes calls in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas.

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