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Sail Date: August 2007
We were affected by hurricane Dean, which meant we couldn't go to Jamaica, but to Labadee Haiti instead.  Jamaica is a dump (been there done that), but Labadee was awesomewe went ziplinning, which I highly recommend, swam in the ... Read More
We were affected by hurricane Dean, which meant we couldn't go to Jamaica, but to Labadee Haiti instead.  Jamaica is a dump (been there done that), but Labadee was awesomewe went ziplinning, which I highly recommend, swam in the ocean, and the BBQ lunch they provided on the beach was goodhot dogs, burgers, salad, watermellon.  Not five star cuisine, but what would you expectthe point isn't to eat but to enjoy the beach and island!  RCCL has bought part of the island and its exclusive to RCCL customers.  It was an awesome resort experience.    Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
I had read and heard some really scary things about Jamaica, but we at no time felt unsafe. We took a taxi-bus from the pier (the ones with the red license plates!!) to Sunset Beach. The price had gone up from what I had read on here, but ... Read More
I had read and heard some really scary things about Jamaica, but we at no time felt unsafe. We took a taxi-bus from the pier (the ones with the red license plates!!) to Sunset Beach. The price had gone up from what I had read on here, but we had a safe, fun, and relaxing experience. There were very few people here at the time, which was nice because we had plenty of chairs, plenty of space, and plenty of time with the equipment. All drinks and food are included - everyone raved about how great the jerk chicken was, but it was a little too spicy for my taste! The burgers and sandwiches and drinks were all good though. The beach is beautiful!! We snorkeled pretty much the entire time we were there (my mom had never done it before and was blown away with all she got to see). There were lots of colorful fish and rock formations and even a couple blowfish! The same taxi came back to pick us up at a scheduled time. There was a driver as well as a "tour guide" - type person on the bus and they took us to some last minute shopping right by the pier and got us back with time to spare! Again, we never felt unsafe and never had anyone approach us or attempt to sell us drugs, though we heard stories about some of the other beaches. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
This was our first time there. We were cautious because of everything we had read about the dangers abounding therein. WE EXPERIENCED NONE OF THIS. We went ashore and were greeted by a very soulful trio singing a wonderful song about ... Read More
This was our first time there. We were cautious because of everything we had read about the dangers abounding therein. WE EXPERIENCED NONE OF THIS. We went ashore and were greeted by a very soulful trio singing a wonderful song about Jamaica (I wish I would have gotten one of their CD's.) We entered the main terminal area and my instincts took me straight thru the wandering crowds to a doorway straight ahead at the other end of this very large room. Served me well. I was greeted by a port official, at which point I didn't wait for a question or anything….I simply said "Glouchester Avenue" and we were whisked onto a shuttle and down on Hipp Street in minutes. We were deposited at Doctor's Cove and meandered northward to shop. Shortly, we found a little shopping enclave that looked promising. We entered the first shop and were surprised to find the proprietor to be of Middle Eastern descent. Cousin Cathy bought a tote and we proceeded to the next shop…again, a middle-eastern run place. Bought some Rum Cream and jewelry there and moved on. Next shop…SAME THING…we were seeing a pattern here and were wondering to ourselves "where are all the locally owned and operated shops?" Anyway, this shopkeeper was much more charismatic, and so we bought some sauces, jerk rub, coffee and t-shirts from him (he was the only one that offered to brew us a sample pot of the "Jablue.") We mentioned to the shopkeeper that we had heard that the Pork Pit was the best place for Jerk. He concurred and offered to get us a driver. Without waiting for a reply, he picked up the phone and made a call to a "trustworthy" cabbie. After he hung up, we told him we weren't ready to eat just yet, but thanks anyway and we left the little shopping area and headed out and northward again. All along the way were cabbies asking if we needed a ride or "some smoke." We kept saying "not yet, thank you," or "no," not stopping, eyes looking ahead. Within minutes of leaving that last shop, however, we were approached by a man who said the shopkeeper had called him regarding a ride to the Pork Pit. I told him we weren't ready yet. He gave me a calling card and said to call him when we were. (He was the first true Jamaican we had spoken with on the strip). I told him I had no way to call, and our conversation landed upon our desire to have a driver for the day. He started off at $140.00 for the four of us and finally settled upon $80.00. He seemed honest and earnest enough and he practically pleaded with us to give him a chance to show us around Mobay. We agreed and he led us to his van, got the ladies situated inside, then he and I set out across the street to pick up some Red Stripes. In the store I slipped him an extra twenty because I thought $80.00 was a little low. He was very grateful and said "it's all about respect, mon." We were to find out that respect is a common thread and goes a long way in this place. The driver's name is Nigel Woolery and he was more than we could have hoped for. The contact number area on his card reads "1 (876) 391-6599/772-9577." It is SOOOO nice to have a personal driver to go wherever you wish, at whatever pace you desire. I will reiterate that for a personal driver in Jamaica, call Nigel Woolery. He will not disappoint. When he asked us what we wanted to do, I told him that we didn't know, really, as we had never been there. Just that we wanted to see some sights, buy some local goods FROM LOCAL PEOPLE not expats, get some rum, eat some jerk and get some sand (I collect the stuff.) Off we went on what turned out to be a fantastic day. We drove north, destination: Rose Hall Plantation, detouring only to see some of the more contemporary mansions en route. Along the way, I asked Nigel about the expats running all the shops on Hipp Street (aka Glouchester Avenue.) He said that Jamaica has a lot of expat-run businesses and that his purpose is to act as an emissary for the Jamaican people…to help foster goodwill for the island, prosperity for the native citizens and to dispel the negative rap that the island has gotten. You GO Nigel! We arrived at Rose Hall to receive our own private tour ($20 pp.) We got some pix on the grounds (beautiful, panoramic views of the coastline and well tended gardens), then headed into the haunt of Annie's ghost (Google "Rose Hall Mansion" for details.) We had some rum punch ($5) upon entering. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing Jamaican tunes. He abruptly broke into a stilted "I walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. There's a reason for that…you'll have to find out on your own. We had a most gracious and beautiful tour guide named Sanja, who led us on a leisurely and pleasing tour. Toward the end, we bought some Appleton rum, some kind of "rum moonshine" 300000000 proof stuff, and another round of Rum Punch before heading out to Annie's tomb, where Sanja finished our tour with a hauntingly sung ballad about Annie. Nigel was waiting for us at the parking area. We were definitely ready to eat by this time. Nigel: "The Pork Pit is a tourist trap, but I'm gonna take ya to a place for REAL jerk." We eagerly agreed and set off back in the direction from whence we came. We proceeded onward to a very local and primitive place where we had some truly marvelous jerk chicken, fried plantains and sweet potato, all washed down with more Red Stripe. The five of us ate for $28. I don't recall the name of the joint just go with Nigel. I have to stop here and say that Nigel was not only our driver, he was our tour guide, our waiter, our porter, and also our guardian. We felt TOTALLY safe in his care, which is what we were…in his care. Appetites sated, we headed to a roadside flea market of sorts, where we found shops that were actually run by Jamaican people. They were grateful for our presence and hungry to sell us their wares, all of which they were very proud of. They were making or adding the finishing touch to the wares they were selling. I bought some carved wooden stingrays and a turtle. Quick note here…a lot of the stuff sold in the expat shops is made in China. My companions bought some other items and we then headed off to get some sand. Nigel took us to a practically deserted beach that had a nice bar proffering some potent frozen renditions of the classic rum punch ($7.) We had a round, walked along the beach, got some sand, took some pictures, and ordered yet another round. At this point, a charming boy of about 6 or 7, and dressed in the typical military-style school attire of the island, appeared and took immediately to Judy. He wouldn't stay away from her. Based upon previous experience, I was half expecting him to beg for money, but he never did. There was an unspoken connection between the two of them that was downright magical. Judy gave him the umbrella from her drink, which to him seemed the most exquisite of gifts. He sat happily beside her for the duration of our seaside stay, marveling at the wondrous umbrella, shifting his gaze between it and Judy. It was a truly touching moment in time. We left the beach and headed out for our final destination in Jamaica…a place where Nigel said we could "get some pictures." It turned out to be a small resort situated high atop a hilla very elegant place, enhanced by the natural flora and crowned with stunning vistas of Mobay and the surroundings. We got our pictures indeed...and had another rum punch to boot. We departed that place, climbing into Nigel's van with a bittersweet feeling. Such a wonderful adventure was coming to a close. He ferried us back to the terminal and helped us unload. We paid him, TIPPED HIM, and bade a fond farewell. Heading for our floating mobile home, we were entertained by the same trio that welcomed us ashore, and then, in the span betwixt terminal and ship, treated to a show put on by a local school marching band. As we boarded, and my carry-ons were scanned, the attendant said "please check your three bottles of alcohol at the table ahead." I must have been a bit muddy from the potent drinks ashore, because I pretended not to hear that attendant and defiantly lurched straightway to the stairs and on to our suite without stopping. I wasn't intercepted, and we enjoyed our rum for the duration of the voyage. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
We took the Lethe Village Tour. We enjoy tours that takes us through the country so we can see people and how they live. The ride to the village was bumpy, but kept our driver from speeding! The port was clean and Montego Bay was clean. ... Read More
We took the Lethe Village Tour. We enjoy tours that takes us through the country so we can see people and how they live. The ride to the village was bumpy, but kept our driver from speeding! The port was clean and Montego Bay was clean. This was the first time I have been frisked before being allowed back on board a ship. Not much to do at the pier, small shops that sell the same things. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
In Jamaica we did the ATV Jungle Safari. It was a great experience and since my husband and I have never been on an ATV before it was extra special. Our driver dropped us off at the shopping center afterwards and we taxi'd back to ... Read More
In Jamaica we did the ATV Jungle Safari. It was a great experience and since my husband and I have never been on an ATV before it was extra special. Our driver dropped us off at the shopping center afterwards and we taxi'd back to the ship after shopping. Prices for Appleton Rum and other alcohol was actually cheaper at the duty free shops at the port and on the ship so check out those before purchasing. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2008
Montego Bay, Jamaica was disappointing. My spouse and our daughter took the all day bus ($15 / person) into town...prices were $$$, no bargains to be had (though they did find an open grocery store which offered some of the things we were ... Read More
Montego Bay, Jamaica was disappointing. My spouse and our daughter took the all day bus ($15 / person) into town...prices were $$$, no bargains to be had (though they did find an open grocery store which offered some of the things we were seeking at good prices). I again went golfing White Witch golf course. Very enjoyable, and the cruise price was the same rate as the internet rate if you were staying at the Ritz-Carlton resort. That said, there is high unemployment and very high prices...lots of obvious efforts to fleece the tourists...and other than the cruisers, there weren't many other folks (clearly the world economy is impacting Jamaica...and not in a positive way). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Montego bay was our first destination. We booked the sandals all exclusive resort. We were transported by bus for about 15 minutes to the resort where we were given a tour and told to be back in front of the resort by 2:50pm the bus was to ... Read More
Montego bay was our first destination. We booked the sandals all exclusive resort. We were transported by bus for about 15 minutes to the resort where we were given a tour and told to be back in front of the resort by 2:50pm the bus was to leave at 3. Everything was included from the jet skis, catamaran, diving, snorkeling, sailing, also all the food and drinks (including alcoholic). The beach was nice, the water calm and pretty. But the people at the terminal when we were getting on acted like we were gonna steal something or break the laws. Then you had the pushy ones who jumped into pictures with you and then wanted payment for them being in your picture. And on the exclusive private beach, that ends at the beach. Once you hit the water it is open territory and they were coming up to us on old surf boards, kayaks, boogie boards trying to sell us their stuff and their weed. When we told them we did not have much money since we were not expecting to spend any at the resort they said that was ok, "no problems no worries, how much money you got?" We finally got out of the water so they would leave us alone, If we ever go to jamaica again our excursion will be to treat ourselves to a day in the spa (on port days they run all kinds of specials). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We have been to Jamaica a few times before and enjoyed staying at the resorts; a few hours from the ship is really nothing to rave about... enjoyed the shopping but the stores are not as nice as the Cayman.
We have been to Jamaica a few times before and enjoyed staying at the resorts; a few hours from the ship is really nothing to rave about... enjoyed the shopping but the stores are not as nice as the Cayman. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Didn't care for this stop at all. Went into town to the jewelry store, but didn't buy anything. The natives there are very pushy. We didn't take any tours. Talked to some people that took the jungle tour and they ... Read More
Didn't care for this stop at all. Went into town to the jewelry store, but didn't buy anything. The natives there are very pushy. We didn't take any tours. Talked to some people that took the jungle tour and they really liked it. We have been to Dunns Rivers Fall, so we didn't want to that one again. It is a lot of fun, if you decide to take it. Getting off of the ship was a breeze. We elected to carry off our own luggage, so we were able to depart about 7:15AM. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Montego Bay, Jamaica, is beautiful, but scary. We were warned not to travel alone because the locals who offer the sale of drugs. We selected a beach excursion to Negril, which was a 45 minute narrated drive, where we were treated to 3 ... Read More
Montego Bay, Jamaica, is beautiful, but scary. We were warned not to travel alone because the locals who offer the sale of drugs. We selected a beach excursion to Negril, which was a 45 minute narrated drive, where we were treated to 3 hours on the beach at Margaritaville with lunch. The sand is beautiful and the resort provided beach loungers and cabanas with a beachside bar service. There were vendors along the beach and also a presence of police and security. On the return trip to the ship, we stopped briefly at a market to pick up trinkets. It was a fun day, but Jamaica is a very poor country and I would definitely not suggest a self-guided tour. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We did the Dunns River Falls excursion, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Since on this itinerary the Ruby docked at Montego Bay instead of Ocho Rios, the bus ride to Dunns River was a bit long, but made enjoyable by our great ... Read More
We did the Dunns River Falls excursion, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Since on this itinerary the Ruby docked at Montego Bay instead of Ocho Rios, the bus ride to Dunns River was a bit long, but made enjoyable by our great guide and bus driver who were excited to share their love of their country with us. The climb up the falls was fantastic, but certainly NOT for the physically impaired. I think the tour descriptions need to be a bit more descriptive reference the exertion levels etc, as there were many people who were unable to do the climb, a few who fell and received minor injuries, and many who had a great deal of difficulty. For those able, the climb was exhilarating and great fun, and a bit WET!! Just skip all the tourist stands and hawkers on the way out of the park after the climb !! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We booked the Rose Hall estate tour through Carnival. We checked off the ship and those on the tour gathered in the duty free reception area. We boarded a bus with about fifteen other people. As we made our way through town, the tour guide ... Read More
We booked the Rose Hall estate tour through Carnival. We checked off the ship and those on the tour gathered in the duty free reception area. We boarded a bus with about fifteen other people. As we made our way through town, the tour guide showed us the points of interest and gave general information of culture, language, etc. Once at Rose Hall, we were assigned to a tour guide who led us through the site. This guided tour was very informative concerning the history of the building and people who have been there. Overall we enjoyed the tour and took a number of photos. The Witches Brew (alcoholic drink) was served at the end of the tour and was excellent. We returned to the bus and were driven back to the ship, stopping at a small shopping area for 20 minutes of shopping. We looked around at a few of the shops and did buy a small dress from one. The shop people were very pushy and not for the faint of heart. Personally, we enjoyed the bartering process and negotiated what we thought was a fair price for the dress. For the timid, I'd recommend staying on the bus! Once we arrived back at the ship, we did a little shopping in the duty free shops, purchasing some Appleton Special Rum at a very reasonable price and a few souvenirs for our kids back home. Oh, I did (male) set off the metal detector and was searched. I did not find the search to be intrusive... just a standard (see it all the time on police shows) pat down. Overall a good time and would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Disgusting, dirty, people using drugs in the streets, prostitutes, etc. Margaritaville was fun and "safe". I will never go back to Jamaica again.
Disgusting, dirty, people using drugs in the streets, prostitutes, etc. Margaritaville was fun and "safe". I will never go back to Jamaica again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We had a great time in Montego Bay, but all can say without getting too policial is that the people are poor,poor,poor. We took what is called a "hot spot" shuttle that stopped at the points of interest. Every spot was gated at ... Read More
We had a great time in Montego Bay, but all can say without getting too policial is that the people are poor,poor,poor. We took what is called a "hot spot" shuttle that stopped at the points of interest. Every spot was gated at the entrance with guards watching your security. We have been to Montego Bay 4 other times, but this was the most secure. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
In Montego Bay we took a van to Doctors Cave beach. We'd been there before & knew it was beautiful & affordable. The umbrellas & chairs were much cheaper than Cayman, and the wait staff from the Groovy Grouper kept us ... Read More
In Montego Bay we took a van to Doctors Cave beach. We'd been there before & knew it was beautiful & affordable. The umbrellas & chairs were much cheaper than Cayman, and the wait staff from the Groovy Grouper kept us stocked in beers. The kids had more fun snorkeling. It was a great day. The last time we were in Montego Bay, we went to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, which is a short walk down the street from Doctors Cave, but we decided against that this time, since it was spring break, and we didn't want the kids to see anything too crazy. We didn't do any shopping in town, but it looked like the shopping center area, where the van dropped some shoppers off, was pretty good and safe looking. When walking down the streets in Montego Bay, we have never felt endangered, but it is a very poor country, and there are plenty of people on the streets trying to sell you things both legal & illegal. Just say "No thank you" and keep walking. We bought coffee at the port shops & it was much much cheaper than in Cayman. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Although Jamaica is a beautiful country, I just don't feel safe there. We took a ship excursion to the Appleton Rum Factory, and the tour was okay, but the 2 hour ride each way was not worth it. Driving or riding in Jamaica is ... Read More
Although Jamaica is a beautiful country, I just don't feel safe there. We took a ship excursion to the Appleton Rum Factory, and the tour was okay, but the 2 hour ride each way was not worth it. Driving or riding in Jamaica is scary! Roads are very narrow, right over huge cliffs, and very fast driving! This is my 2nd trip to Montego Bay, and next time I will just stay on board the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
2 strikes for Jamaica. We opted for another beach day and visited Sunset beach resort. $70.00 all inclusive. Watered down booze, beer in little plastic cups, buffet that was good, but nothing to write a review about, and crowded beach ... Read More
2 strikes for Jamaica. We opted for another beach day and visited Sunset beach resort. $70.00 all inclusive. Watered down booze, beer in little plastic cups, buffet that was good, but nothing to write a review about, and crowded beach with not near enough chairs. Beach location is so-so at best but there is good snorkeling right from shore. This is great place for families with younger kids because of the pool. Huge slides and lazy river perfect to keep the kiddos busy all day. I have to find somewhere good to go in Jamaica or I fear I may be one of the many remaining on board. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Was worried about Jamaica as I didn't like Ocho Rios when we were there. Don't like Jamaica, don't think I will ever do Jamaica again. Don't like the aggressive vendors. Did the HotSpot bus recommend by the cruise. ... Read More
Was worried about Jamaica as I didn't like Ocho Rios when we were there. Don't like Jamaica, don't think I will ever do Jamaica again. Don't like the aggressive vendors. Did the HotSpot bus recommend by the cruise. Don't think it was worth $15/person. Dropped you off at the craft market where you were inundated by local folks, feel so sorry for them and bought stuff just to get them to leave us alone. I wish there was just someplace to donate $$ so you could look in peace without every vendor wanting you to see their stuff. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We enjoyed the Jamaican Bobsled Cafe and Margaritaville.  Nothing else of interest to us there.
We enjoyed the Jamaican Bobsled Cafe and Margaritaville.  Nothing else of interest to us there. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We liked it here... the place is beautiful.   They have some pretty places to stay here if we ever decided to take a land vacation.
We liked it here... the place is beautiful.   They have some pretty places to stay here if we ever decided to take a land vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We did the Mountain River Rafting excursion which was excellent. It's the reason that MoBay is getting a 3 instead of a 1. We've been here 3 times and our experience has been that the port operates on a flexible idea of time - ... Read More
We did the Mountain River Rafting excursion which was excellent. It's the reason that MoBay is getting a 3 instead of a 1. We've been here 3 times and our experience has been that the port operates on a flexible idea of time - more "island time" than any other island. I'm to punctual to be comfortable with that. Also, I don't shop for souvenirs - occasionally I look for a specific local item to take home, but I don't like being taken to a shopping center full of fertility statues and local beer for the first hour of my excursion. So Jamaica as a whole isn't a good fit for me. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We booked with Carolyn Barrett with Barrett Adventures and 'Loxley',loved his name, very regal, was our tour guide to YS Falls w/tubing. There was another family of 5 that went also in our bus. Loxley was wonderful and called me ... Read More
We booked with Carolyn Barrett with Barrett Adventures and 'Loxley',loved his name, very regal, was our tour guide to YS Falls w/tubing. There was another family of 5 that went also in our bus. Loxley was wonderful and called me Lady Princess and my daughter little Princess. I haven't been called such sweet names since I was dating! He was very professional and we found him inside the terminal and we were lucky to not have to experience the vendors that I've read so much about. Our trip to YS Falls was on an extremely winding road. I'm talking extreme here. I started getting sick in the middle of the trip and joked to my daughter sitting next to me that I may have to borrow her hat. I leaned forward, tried breathing exercises to no avail. I said aloud, "You'd better stop or there's going to be an accident." Well, I was also about to pass out from motion sickness too. I stumbled into the front seat next to Loxley when I heard my daughter just threw up in her cap. She beat me to it. My dear sweet hubby had to wash out the cap on the side of the road and then we continued on our trip with no further incidents. YS Falls was nice and everyone was friendly. The toilets bubbled up to the top and were strange. The jerk chicken at YS Falls was okay also. Not spicy like I imagined. We came back 'down' the mountain with no motion sickness and our disembarkation was uneventful. Read Less

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