NormIndy
Contributor Level: Third Mate

1st cruise. Looks like my 1st port might be a bust. Help?

Going on our 1st cruise in April. Montego Bay is our 1st port. Ive been reading some posts and reviews and sounds like its not a port with a lot to do to match our tastes.

 

Doctors cave beach doesn't sound too bad and it sounds like its close to the port. Is this a good option?

 

I have read the Dunn's River Falls are pretty amazing but I don't want to spend 4hours of my trip in a car ride.

Tags: Caribbean - Western Jamaica Montego Bay

19 Answers

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

We were a group of 14 and some went to Doctor Cave... they enjoyed it.  Others went to the Rose Hall (we did this years ago and liked it) and found it educational.  Some did on of the jeep adventures and said it was worth the cost. Dunn's River Falls is fun but too far from Montego Bay in my humble opinion. There is nothing just off the ship except a "straw market" group of shops.  Hope that helps some.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

If nothing on shore "floats your boat", then stay on the ship.

I don't say this to be mean -- enjoy the facilities on the ship without the crowd -- it's almost like it is your own private resort!

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I second this motion!

MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

Great suggestion...I didn't book an excursion in St Kitts so I stayed on the ship and enjoyed the serenity deck

If nothing on shore "floats your boat", then stay on the ship.

I don't say this to be mean -- enjoy the facilities on the ship without the crowd -- it's almost like it is your own private resort!

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NormIndy
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Thanks for the comments. My wife wont go for staying on the ship for our 1st visit to Jamaica. We will at least have to go to a beach for a quick visit before heading back to the ship. That's why I was hoping there was a beach close by for a short trip.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

 

One advantage of staying close to the ship, is that you can literally go off and on for the stay.

Monique and I did that in Ensenada and in Puntarenas. We picked stuff up at the market and went back for lunch, then went out for nice beach walks. Made for a great day.

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

 

Sadly this is not really easy in Montego Bay (at least it wasn't in Jan.).  You can't just walk out of the area where the ship is docked.  You must take a taxi and the Jamaican security people are there to help provide you with the taxis.

NormIndy
Contributor Level: Third Mate

@AuntPinkie

 

Where did you end up going in January?

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

 

We ended up staying on the ship, but if we had it to do over, we would have probably booked Rose Hall, because we found it so interesting the first time.  When we had visited before, the terminal building at the dock was a duty free shopping area.  Our plan was to sleep in, get off the ship after lunch and  shop there for some specific items (which we did not get), then spend time on the ship watching our friends return.... best laid plans. I really recommend you find something even a simple tour of the area.  Jamaica is beautiful and the tours are usually worth the cost.

ctav
Contributor Level: Captain

Nothing is ever a bust when on a cruise. Nothing.

If the ship breaks down at sea? Be thinking free Cruise is coming. 

If it rains while on a cruise? 

Think entertainment somewhere in side the ship. You may even see Go Go dancers in the glass elevators. Join in. 

Think pizza 24 hours a day.

No busting on a cruise unless you bust a move. 

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