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Old 03-09-2004, 01:12 PM
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Hello,

Just wanted to pass on a warning. If you visit Jamaica, Grenada or any of the islands anywhere, be sure NOT to wear expensive jewelry, and do NOT carry an excessive amount of cash. Several years ago, my girlfriend went on a cruise to Jamaica. One of the tour buses carrying cruise pax was highjacked by 3 bandits and they took all of their jewelry, and cash. Yesterday I read a review on Cruise Addicts where a gal wrote about the same thing happening in Grenada.

Here is an excerpt from her review: On one of the cruise ship sponsored trips to a waterfalls in Grenada, ski masked robbers took jewelry and cash from Celebrity cruisers on the tour....like anywhere else in the world; crime is always a possibility
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Hello,

Just wanted to pass on a warning. If you visit Jamaica, Grenada or any of the islands anywhere, be sure NOT to wear expensive jewelry, and do NOT carry an excessive amount of cash. Several years ago, my girlfriend went on a cruise to Jamaica. One of the tour buses carrying cruise pax was highjacked by 3 bandits and they took all of their jewelry, and cash. Yesterday I read a review on Cruise Addicts where a gal wrote about the same thing happening in Grenada.

Here is an excerpt from her review: On one of the cruise ship sponsored trips to a waterfalls in Grenada, ski masked robbers took jewelry and cash from Celebrity cruisers on the tour....like anywhere else in the world; crime is always a possibility
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Stuff like that use to be very common in Jamaica right before the "Come back to Jamaica" commercials

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I noticed this message was posted March 2004, and referenced the friend experiencing this "several years ago". Has anyone else heard of this occurring more recently?

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Linda
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Old 01-01-2005, 06:38 PM
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We were in Jamaica at a resort a few years back when there was rioting. It happened at the same time as the Colobine school incident so it probably did notmake thw papers here in the US. We have been back to Jamaica since because it was one of the ports that the cruise stopped at. Jamaica is still a $#1T hole. We do not even bother to get off the ship when there.
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We were in Ochos Rios last year on a stop and we did a ship's tour since it's really not safe to wander on your own. We had a great tour guide and driver. We were about 20 on the bus and we paid the driver and extra $5 a piece and he brought us to Margaritaville and picked us up right before we needed to be brought back to the ship. We knew he was coming back, because our tour guide ended up coming with us The area where Maragaritaville has a small shopping area, public phones, internet access and has a lot of security so it's very safe to walk around. There's also a nice little beach area.
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Thanks for your feedback RIDGID and BOBO4031!
I am absorbing all this feedback to help me determine whether to go Eastern/Western on an upcoming cruise. We have cruised Eastern one time, and wanted to consider something different, but if it is unsafe and we'd be miserable, I'd rather go back to Eastern again.

RIDGID what ship and what tour did you take? We'd be lucky to get the tour guide to go with us too, but I doubt they go on all of them. Thanks again, and any feedback from visitors to Ochos Rios from a safety and hard core selling standpoint, or to Grand Cayman regarding its current status after hurricanes would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Kandi, I live in San Diego and every day there are murders, gang violence, crimes of all sorts going on. Yet, I have lived here my whole life and never been mugged or violated. To me, it is perfectly safe here.

Here is the scoop. Ocho Rios is intimidating to many because the local Jamaican culture is different than ours. They look different, act different and basically, are different. Yet, I have always found them to be friendly and downright hospitable. Tens of thousands of tourist visit Ocho Rios every week and the only crime that seems prevalent is when the cruise passengers try to bring drugs back onto the ship. If you visit Ocho Rios with a positive attitude that you are about to be immersed into a different culture and celebrate the difference and take the time to get to know the Jamaicans, you will have a wonderful time you will remember for a lifetime.

You will see the locals knuckle crunching some of the cruise passengers and saying "respect, mon" while they are harrassing others to come into their shop. Here is the reason. The guy getting the knuckle crunch has shown some respect for the merchant offering their goods and services. The cruise passenger being harrassed has shown none. If you are open and warm to the Jamaiican's they will return it ten fold, but if you take the rude approach and simply ignore them, they will harrass you. Plan on visiting the Ocean Flea Market and when the first person approaches you, take the time to get to know them. Ask them questions about their family, business and life in Ocho. Invest ten minutes in the relationship. You don't have to buy anything. You will see what I mean.

Grand Cayman. Nancy Norris and I were just there and it is back to normal, as far as the cruise passenger infrastructure is concerned. Most of the stores are open and the beach at 7-Mile Beach is fine. They are running tours to Sting Ray City and overall, you will have a great time.

Hope that helps. Try the Western Caribbean and see if you like it.

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Old 01-02-2005, 12:51 PM
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Tom:
Thanks so much for the informative reply and reminder to have an open mind to learning their culture, and taking the time to compare how one may "look at them" and vice-versa. My husband and I can normally have an appreciation for other people's values and cultures. If you have the right frame of mind to observe and appreciate them, it can be very interesting. I just want to feel somewhat safe, when in a foreign place.

Our head waiter on our previous cruise was from Ochos Rios, and if he is still on the same ship, we will ask to be served by him again. He was very nice, informative, and appeared to be as equally as thankful to have us, as we were to have him. In fact, he is one of the primary reasons we enjoyed our cruise so much. We feel he went out of his way, to make sure his/their service was better than average.

I will let you know which I book, and especially if we go to the Western, I'll let you know how it was. Thanks again, Tom.

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We did not take any tours. We were at a all inclusive resort at the time. There was rioting because the President wanted to buy a jet and was funding it by raising the fuel tax. The guests that were comming in were stopped at a road block and were robbed of their possessions. The guests that were scheduled to leave basically could not leave because they were going on the bus that was comming in. It was not a very good situation. This happened on the second day we were there. All tours were canceled. The employees at the resort became very bitter and hostile. They treated us as if we were the white rich slave owners and they were the poor slaves that had to cater to us. I am not one to complain but it was not a good experience. It was not one of the better vacations that I have been on. Jamaica is not our favorite island.

I would still go on the western cruise because it is a lot of fun and if is really a great party time especially if you go on Carnival.
 
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