Jamaica is…

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.

Culinary delights

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).

Shopping treats

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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Activities list

Activity Directory

Montego Bay & South Coast
Ocho Rios
Port Antonio

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.

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.

Animal Farm & Nature Reserve: The perfect place for those wanting to explore nature.
Appleton Estate Rum Tour: An inside look at the rum-making process, from extraction to 
distillation and tasting.
Aquasol Theme Park: Water sports and activities.
ATV Safari: Take a fully guided journey to the beautiful Mount Zion, 700 ft above sea level.
Belvedere Estates: Take a step back in time on the Belvedere Estates Historical Village and 1,000 acre plantation.
Black River Safari Tours: Boat trip along Jamaica’s longest navigable river.
Bob Marley Experience and Theatre: Rediscover the legend, the spirit and the music of Bob Marley.
Calico Sailing Cruises: Party on board a ‘pirate’ vessel and toast the sunset on a voyage of discovery.
Canopy Tour: See nature at its finest while soaring through the trees.
Captain’s Watersports: Offering single and packaged dives and a range of instruction including certification.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures: Horse riding, 4x4 safaris and river tubing.
Croydon in the Mountains: Tour into the majestic mountains through lush vegetation and coffee groves.
Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club: Renowned for its mineral content and its curative powers.
Dreamer Catamarans: Sail along the coast aboard Montego Bay’s premier catamarans, designed for the ultimate sailing experience.
Glistening Waters: Boat cruise on the world-famous Luminous Lagoon, Jamaica’s only natural nightly attraction.
Half Moon Equestrian Centre: A variety of equestrian activities including riding, jumping and polo lessons and beach/swim ride.
Hilton High Day Tour: Meet people, enjoy the food and learn about a private estate.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours: Experience the magic of Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise, the Lovers’ Rock Catamaran Cruise and Deep Sea Fishing Experiences.
Johns Hall Adventure Tours: Plantation Tour, Bird Sanctuary and tours to Ocho Rios and Negril.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville: Margaritaville is perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food.
Kool Runnings Adventure Park: Cool off with seven thrilling, high-speed water slides and breathtaking eco-adventures on the Negril Morass.
MoBay Undersea Tours: Fascinating underwater panoramic views of Montego Bay’s Marine Park.
Montego Bay Marine Park: Jamaica’s first national park.
Mountain Valley Rafting: Experience the most beautiful rafting in Jamaica at Mountain Valley.
Pier One: Mobay’s headquarters for entertainment, offering the freshest open-air restaurant and bar on the waterfront.
Rockland’s Feeding Station: Hand-feed tame birds at this bird sanctuary.
Rocky Point Stables: Horse riding and adventure through the Jamaican countryside.
Sandals All-Inclusive: Enjoy a fun-filled day at a Sandals All-Inclusive Resort. Tour includes unlimited food and beverage along with a wide variety of land and water sports.
Sea Trek: An underwater walking adventure where you can feel and explore the heart of the marine experience.
St Elizabeth Safari: River journey through the largest swamp in the Caribbean.
Wiltel Ltd: Watch in wonder on a night cruise on a luminous lagoon.
YS Falls: Spectacular waterfalls on a working horse farm.
Zipline Adventures: The longest zipline tour on the island begins with a 6x6 Jeep Off Road Safari before gliding through the jungle on five ziplines.

Blue Mountains Cycle Tours: Take a cycle ride through tropical rain forest from 5,600 ft up down to a waterfall.
Canopy Tour: See nature at its finest while soaring through the trees.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures: Horse riding, 4x4 safaris and river tubing.
Colourful Jamaica: Select from a wide range of adventures including Trails Beach Ride, Sea Adventure, River Walk and Blue Mountain Jeep Tour.
Coyaba River Garden & Museum: Waterfall and water gardens fed by streams that rise in the grounds.
Dolphin Cove: Water sports and swimming with dolphins.
Dunn’s River Falls & Park: Climb the falls against a tumbling torrent of Caribbean fresh water.
Firefly: Visit the former home of actor, impresario, playwright and songwriter Noël Coward.
Five Star Watersports: Experience the sights of Ocho Rios by sea. Indulge in any of our cruises for a memorable experience on one of our catamarans.
Green Grotto Caves: Formerly a haven for runaway slaves, today an explorer’s paradise.
Harmony Hall: 150-year-old great house, a showcase for Caribbean arts and crafts.
Hooves: Take a once-in-a-lifetime ride in the crystal-clear waters on a private beach.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours: Experience the magic of a one-of-a kind Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise, the Lovers’ Rock Catamaran Cruise and Deep Sea Fishing Experiences.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville: Margaritaville is perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food.
Mini Boat Adventures: Feel the thrill as your mini boat rides the waves of the crystal-clear Caribbean.
Mystic Mountain: Experience the Sky-Explorer, Bobsled, Zipline Tours, Waterslide and Educational Pavilion at the Mystic Mountain.
Prospect Plantation: An 18th-century plantation tour filled with history, hiking, camel rides, ostrich feeding and butterfly avery.
Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain: The newest destination in Ocho Rios.  This attraction offers the Sky Explorer chairlift, Bobsled and Zipline canopy tour.
Red Stripe Cruises: Take a catamaran cruise to Dunn’s River Falls.
Safari Tours Jamaica: Cycle downhill through limestone and ferns to Dunn’s River Falls.
Shaw Park Botanical Gardens: 25 acres of tropical splendour.
Trails Plantation Ride: A spectacular country ride at Annandale.
White River Valley Tours: Escape to a unique tropical adventure of rafting, riding and cycling.
Zion Bus Line: Musical pilgrimage to Bob Marley’s birthplace.

Blue Lagoon: At least 198 ft deep, these azure waters provide a spectacular display of light and colour.
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours: Enjoy a leisurely downhill bicycle ride through lush tropical rainforest, home to over hundred species of birds and view the world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee Farms.
Boston Beach: Famous for being the birthplace of ‘jerk’ cuisine.
Navy Island: A short boat ride from the mainland.
Rio Grande Tours: Navigate the Rio Grande with a bamboo raft and a skilled raftman.
Somerset Falls: A series of cascades and falls on the Daniels River.
Valley Hikes: Historical tours of local sites of interest.