Jamaica and Cozumel Get Huge Opportunity ... Will They Take It?

As the Eastern Caribbean rebuilds, the reality is that many cruises will be diverted to the Western Caribbean (mainly Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico).  These places have gotten a lot of bad press (mainly due to crime and violence) in the past but will they step up their game to become a more favorable cruise destination?

Southern Caribbean destinations like the ABC Islands (Aruba Bonaire Curacao) will always necessitate a longer cruise due to their location ... can't be done in a 3-5 day cruise realistically.

What do you see on the horizon for Caribbean Cruises?

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You have the right of it.  I am hoping that Jamaica and Cozumel don't just sit back and think they are "the only game in town" and do nothing, which is what I think will happen. I think the ABC islands will step up their game for the longer sailings.  With the help of the cruise lines and their passengers, some of the other islands will be ready for guests in a few months (they need the tourist dollars).  I wish I could be more optimistic but it will take a very long time before the variety of ports we have enjoyed will return.Sad

The obstacles that our islands and favorite ports will need to overcome are overwhelming and limited extremely by the sheer fact that they are islands  Getting things there is timely and difficult.  Probably every vehicle, tour bus etc has been damaged and replacing those things is no easy task ... which is why you don't see a lot of brand new modes of transportation on some places... We wound up shipping 2 of our vehicles to St Croix after Hurricane Hugo even though my husband had a company car to use.  You just couldn't buy a vehicle.  It took months for our cars to arrive and then you run into the problem of Customs.  In those days, Customs held up shipments from the US randomly unless palms were greased and getting anything was laborious.

The only store on the island back then was a Woolworth's which in the 1990s was pretty lame.  A Kmart was just being finished when we left the island 4 years later.

I think we all hope that the Western Caribbean will take this opportunity to step up.  Realistically I don't expect much to change there.  I think they are seeing this as an opportunity to just grab as much as possible instead of trying to improve their image and hope visitors will come back over and over again.  I personally am not planning a trip to the Western Caribbean in the next two years at least.  I was hoping to get to St Kitts and St Maarten in the next year or so.  It's very true it's very hard on the Islands and made much worst after a category 4/5 hurricane.

We love Cozumel - always felt safe, and look forward to being there again in the spring. Before booking another cruise, I wil wait to see what ports will be open because there a few that I wouldn't really care to visit. 

I see Cruise Directors getting real creative with ship board activities.

I loved Cozumel when we were there. And we are going back there in November. Also to Progresso, which will be our first cruise there. I hope that the ports that are open can clean up there offerings to cruisers and tourist alike. And the increased flow of tourism that will happen.

 

I like Cozumel, was not to fond of Jamaica. 

Jamaica is one place we don't care to visit. We've read too many negatives and had friends & family say they would never go back.

It's been a couple of years since I've been to Jamaica, but I did enjoy it. It just takes a lot of willpower to adjust to its peculiarities.

We were there in 2004. The first 15 minutes of being off the ship we were offered weed six times. Actively pursued by panhandlers, was not an enjoyable day. I have read where it has cleaned up a bit. But if I ever returned, I would either stay on the ship or take a ships excursion. 

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