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About Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios, affectionately referred to as "Ochi" by the locals, is situated on the northern coast of the island of Jamaica, midway between the capital, Kingston, and the popular tourist resort of Montego Bay. The Spanish translation of Ocho Rios is "eight rivers," but the area is best known for its abundance of waterfalls. The shoreline is dotted with one hotel resort after another, with the Caribbean's trademark warm sands and turquoise waters in their backyards. Beyond the shoreline, rainforest-like greenery blankets the mountainous landscape. The strikingly lush tropical foliage makes it easy to see why Saint Anne Parish, of which Ocho Rios is a part, is known as the "garden parish."

Set just slightly past the cruise port, the town of Ocho Rios offers plenty of craft vendors, duty-free shopping bargains, open-air eateries and happening bars on its two main drags: Main Street and DaCosta Drive (which run parallel to each other). Although the town is worth checking out, spending an entire day there would be overdoing it. For cruise ship tourists, primary points of interest and attractions -- like Dunn's River Falls, Mystic Mountain and James Bond Beach -- lie beyond the actual town and are short five- to 20-minute taxi rides away. 

Ocho Rios gets its fair share of precipitation with the most rain falling in October, and average temperatures in the 80s and 90s. (July and August are the hottest months, while February is the coolest.) Watch out for hurricane season from June into November.


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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    6 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Cozumel
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Miami
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    Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Activity-packed ship with plenty to do without massive upcharges

    Cons

    Finding a spot for some peace and quiet is tricky

    Bottom Line

    Great value, perfect for families

    Reviews

    Carnival Horizon Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Horizon is a bold, beautiful ship jam-packed with activities, dining options, and bars...

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    Flacruzr
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Disappointed
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Relaxing
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  • 116 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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      Miami
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      Ocho Rios
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    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

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    Crystal Serenity Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

    Cons

    A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

    Bottom Line

    There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

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    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cr...

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    drsalch
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oh, the brussel sprouts!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Overall a Good Time on the Final Cruise before CoVid 19 Shutdown
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    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Carnival Sensation - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Genuinely fun and friendly vibe onboard with a packed lineup of daily activities

    Cons

    Old ship with fewer dining and entertainment attractions than newer Carnival ships

    Bottom Line

    Short cruises and low prices make Sensation an excellent drive-to option

    Reviews

    Carnival Sensation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Carnival Sensation's onboard atmosphere is one of endless fun and expectant excitement. Everyon...

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    margarita50
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Pleasantly Surprised
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good Experience on the Sensation
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    • 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

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 8
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 9
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 12
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 13
      Cozumel
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Eurodam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

    Cons

    Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

    Bottom Line

    Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Eurodam, which debuted in 2008, is a classic example of Holland America's attention to architec...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Crew; excellent food
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    Hawaii March 1-18 on the Eurodam
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 5
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 6
      Roatan
    • Day 7
      Cozumel
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tampa
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    Carnival Paradise - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Extremely friendly service and outstanding entertainment

    Cons

    Older ship with limited dining options

    Bottom Line

    Lots of fun to be had onboard; cruises to Cuba offer enrichment

    Reviews

    Carnival Paradise Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Launched in 1998, passengers aren't cruising aboard Carnival Paradise for its snazzy new, over-...

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    mscolli
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Trip to Cozumel
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    RLTravels
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great excursion but a small ship with limited amenities
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    • Spa Services
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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