The jewel of the Caribbean
There is a wide range of companies offering comprehensive options for local tours and excursions. Customers have never had such an extensive choice – so there is sure to be something for everyone.
For most passengers, the three cruise ports offer ample opportunities for a fun day ashore. But for those who want to venture further, Jamaica has lots more to offer. And, being an island, most of Jamaica is within easy reach.
Cruise ship passengers and crew members alike will find all the right facilities in place. Jamaica has well equipped ports and terminals which cater not only for the needs of passengers looking to spend a day ashore, but also for the ship’s crew. There is a good choice of lively bars, restaurants and shops in which to while away their short shore leave time in a pleasant and relaxing environment.
Sampling the delights of Jamaica’s culinary heritage is a must for all visitors. Many of the island’s varied cooking styles and ingredients can be traced back hundreds of years to settlers from far-off lands.
Hints of classical Spanish, a pinch of English traditionalism, large spoonfuls of Indian and Chinese spice with a selection of ingredients from Africa can all be found in the sensational assortment of dishes that today make up Jamaican cuisine. The Taino Indians grew cassava, which today is used in ‘bammie’, a toasted flat cake eaten with fried fish. Africans brought with them the secret of duckunoo, a steamed pudding made from green bananas and coconuts.
Stands selling Jamaica’s famous ‘jerk’ pork, chicken or fish can be found all over the island. The secret ingredients of the island’s famous pickapeppa sauce are key to the making of this mouth-searing delicacy. Other popular island dishes include curried goat, dried peppered shrimps, ‘stamp and go’ (saltfish cakes) and mackerel ‘rundown’ (whole salted mackerel simmered in spiced coconut milk and served with green bananas or yams).
Whatever else it may be, shopping in Jamaica is unadulterated fun – browsing and exploring shop windows, market streets and galleries, looking for that not-to-be-missed bargain to take home.
A treasure trove of merchandise is awaiting those who are willing to go that bit further to hunt down a bargain. Often a long line of shops can be seen all enticing the visitor to delight in the sheer diversity and value for money of their goods. Jamaica’s cruise ports are also renowned for their excellent shopping possibilities.
Watches – in their thousands – are available all over the island. Mark your time in paradise by taking time home with you. Likewise, jewellery, diamonds, perfumes, leather goods, china, wood sculptures, ceramics and original arts are all available at competitive prices.
Fantastic buys can also be found at roadside stands selling local arts and crafts, and then there are craft markets, street vendors, large and small shops of every description and inclination. Join in the fun – it’s just one big carnival atmosphere of spend, spend, spend.
Services and connections
Jamaica has it all. Few cruise destinations can match the sheer range of services and attractions available in Jamaica.
For passengers wishing to start or finish their cruise in Jamaica, the island has two international airports: Sangster International Airport at Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport near Kingston.
Getting around Jamaica is simplicity itself thanks to a wide choice of connections by air, road and by public transport.
Good quality services are available in Jamaica’s cruise ports including fresh water, bunkers, garbage disposal, supplies and provisions.
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Braco Stables: A horse ride, hike and bike excursion through the beautiful Braco Estate.
Braemar Tours: Tour the Historic Town of Falmouth by open-sided trolley.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures at Good Hope Estate: Award winning nature adventure operator, offering: zipline, horseback swim, river tubing, ATV, dune buggies and 4x4 offroad safari.
Montego Bay Cultural Center: Featuring guided tours of the National Museum West and National Gallery West, Freedom Monument, gift shop and local cuisine bistro.
River Raft Ltd: Rafting on the Martha Brae on a 30 ft bamboo raft.
Rose Hall Great House: One of Jamaica’s premier tourist attractions.