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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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  • 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

    Reviews

    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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    reedbn202
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The Cruise of Disappointments
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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
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      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

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    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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    jmcathome
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Horizon Southern Caribbean
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    Cowgomooo
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great family value!
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    • 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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Ocho Rios ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 5
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Key West
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    MSC Armonia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    ** Not much dining variety and what there is, is often lackluster

    Bottom Line

    ** Great for families and anyone looking for wallet-friendly fares

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    MSC Armonia Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    MSC Armonia has been sailing in the Caribbean for several years, but until recently, it primarily ...

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    IsanTom
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Crew was Outstanding!
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    rnweide
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Excellent ship and phenomenal entertainment staff
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    • Spa Services
    • 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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
    Ship Details

    MSC Armonia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    ** Not much dining variety and what there is, is often lackluster

    Bottom Line

    ** Great for families and anyone looking for wallet-friendly fares

    Reviews

    MSC Armonia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    MSC Armonia has been sailing in the Caribbean for several years, but until recently, it primarily ...

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    lorenzod
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Cruise on the MSC Arrmonia
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    Trekkie217
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Armonia and the Coronavirus
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Cozumel
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
    Ship Details

    MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Ample outdoor space draws passengers outside to enjoy the ship's Caribbean surroundings

    Cons

    With so many areas dedicated to the outdoors, interior public areas can feel crowded during inclement weather

    Bottom Line

    This bright, elegant and technologically advanced ship is great for North Americans

    Reviews

    MSC Seaside Reviews

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

    MSC Seaside is lively and fun, incorporating jaw-dropping entertainment, lots of outdoor spaces...

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    SpankyNJ
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    I love MSC Seaside esp Yacht Club
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    roommusic
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We love Seaside
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ocho Rios Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Cozumel
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
    Ship Details

    MSC Meraviglia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fantastic for families; foodies and for those who just want to have a lot of fun

    Cons

    The endless activities and constant noise, plus kids up all hours, can be a little overwhelming

    Bottom line: Big, fun, family-friendly ship with good food and endless entertainment

    Reviews

    MSC Meraviglia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship the line has launched -- and the fifth biggest in the w...

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    billwest580
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Another outstanding week in the Yacht Club
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    cruzingambler
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    One of our Favorites ❤️
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Ocho Rios