Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel on Carnival Conquest
Hey fellow cruisers. Just returned from 7 day Western Caribbean and will give a short review of our ports of call.
Montego Bay,Jamaica: We went on the ship tour to visit the Croydon Plantation. We highly recommend this tour for those wanting to see the culture of Jamaica. It was about an hour and 15 minute bus ride up in the mountains and a narrow and winding road (after you left the bay area), but there was lots to see. At Croydon, we had great views of the mountains and had a nice cool breeze. We got to sample bananas, different kinds of pineapple, jack fruit and all sorts of fresh grown fruit. We sampled pineapple juice and the famous Blue Mountain coffee and the after the tour, we were served a fabulous lunch of jerk chicken with rice and peas, fresh cooked greens, and marinated cucumbers. It was a great tour and we even go to meet the plantation owner to ask questions and visit for a few minutes. We were never approached by a single person since we got off the ship and went straight thru the terminal building to our tour bus. When we came back to the terminal, we purchased a few t-shirts and trinkets.
Grand Cayman: We went on the ship tour The Best of Grand Cayman. This was very good as we went by all the best spots on the island. After driving down the main road and seeing some of the interesting places, we stopped at Hell for photos, post cards, etc. We were there for about 20 minutes. We went to the Turtle Farm and stayed there for an hour and 15 minutes. This was a great thing to experience. We went to 7 mile beach for about 20 minutes. The actual tour was scheduled for 3 hours, but our tour guide was great and it lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes....he gave us some extra sites. We shopped after the tour and then took the tender back to the ship to beat the rush.
Cozumel: We docked at Puerta Maya pier. This was our beach day and we went back to Paradise Beach (third time there). There were 4 ships docked that day, but Paradise was not crowded at all. We got there around 10:20 a.m. and got beach chairs and umbrella on the water front for $2 each. We ate a great lunch there on the beach and it was delicious. I paid $12 for the wrist band so I could snorkle, kayak, and use all the water toys. My wife enjoyed relaxing in the shade. We took a taxi back to the terminal area to shop, then headed back to the ship for a nice shower and ice cream.
We truly enjoyed all our excursions!