Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Carnival Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 11:29 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1
Default
Some in our party are very nervous about getting off the ship at Ocho Rios....do you have any comment?
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 11:44 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 240
Default
Don't wander to far away from the port. If I remember correctly the have some shops right there near the pier.
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 11:51 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,004
Default
I suppose you are referring to comments on the safety of Jamaica? I personally think it often is blown out of proportion. Yes, people can come up and ask you if you want to buy drugs. Does it happen all the time? No. Within two blocks of the ship is a shopping area with a Margaritaville and a beach. Also, if you take a ships organized tour to Dunns River Falls or other tour you should be perfectly fine. Jamaica happens to be one of the top honeymoon destinations, so it can't be all bad. Thousands of Americans visit Jamaica each week. There is a lot to do in Jamica. Plantations, blue mountains, horse back riding, the Dunn Falls, snorkeling,and kayaking. You might want to check out a day pass for one of the all inclusive resorts. As with any place you should stick together, don't wear flashy jewelry, leave valuables in the cabin safe. Only take enough cash to get you through the day. There's no reason you can't enjoy yourself.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 02:04 PM
penny3333's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,601
Default
Hi momof6gals, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Congratulations on your upcoming cruise, just be warned, cruising is addictive

Dunn's River Falls is a great excursion. I think Jamaica is a beautiful island. It's just like being in any large city, you just have to be aware. Stay in a group and preferrably with a ship sponsored excursion.

Have a great time and a marvelous cruise!
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 03:00 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 240
Default
Yes alot of honeymooners go there. To an all inclusive resort like Sandals or one of the others. They do not for the most part fly over there and just wander around. Please be very careful, and as I said don't wander fat from the ship.Lets put it this way I am ex- Army Airborne and not to many folks scare me. But I do not wander around Jamaica or The Bahamas.
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2010, 05:33 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Posts: 11,612
Default
I did a ship tour that combined the rain forest with the falls. I think it was this one, or the equivalent. The port was a little scary with people yelling in all directions. They kept us in a group and it was okay from a safety standpoint. This was several years back though before they added more security at the port area, and the Margaritaville beach. I have to agree with not wondering very far if at all from the port facility.

Dwayne
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2010, 11:03 PM
Frase's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, FLA
Posts: 960
Default
I wonder if they still have that lobster restaurant near the port in Ocho Rios? I read about it here, on Cruise Chat. I think it was called "Lobster Bob's", or something similar.
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 09:36 AM
penny3333's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,601
Default
I think it was Dave's Lobster, might be wrong, but the Google search turned up nothing since 2007. The last time we were in Ocho Rios, we just did a snorkeling excursion and went back to the ship. Jamaica is a beautiful island, just don't like hanging around unless I'm on an excursion.
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2010, 01:36 PM
LHP's Avatar
LHP LHP is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,560
Default
Ok...here is my story...

we have gone to Jamaica for years.

In January 2008, we were headed to Ocho Rios and decided not to get off the ship. We just did not want the hassle.

Well, as fate would have it...I remembered that I had lost my refrigerator magnet from Ocho Rios ....so off the ship we go.

(we are not excursion people)

I have to say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. As we walked off the ship, out of the port and onto the main street...one person asked POLITELY if we needed a taxi and one person asked POLITELY if I needed my hair braided. (it is very long)

When we said no thank you, both POLITELY said "have a good day".

I was SHOCKED. So we walked to the Island Village (good sidewalks and not very far) where Margaritaville is. We had a wonderful day there. No solicitors are allowed in this "large open air mall area". Lots of stores and bar/restaurants.

As we were leaving the Village, one person asked if we needed a taxi (again POLITELY) and we said no thank you.

We walked back to the ship without another person asking us for anything.

We asked the manager at a jewelry store where we were looking for Breitling watches and he said that the local government had really cracked down. They had undercover folks acting like tourist and if a taxi or vendor was to aggressive they would lose their license.

Now this was Jan 2008....and this DOES NOT apply to Montego Bay. (we are headed there in May and won't get off the ship)

I hope you find Ocho Rios still has their act together because we had a lovely day there.
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2010, 02:29 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Posts: 11,612
Default
Thank you LHP for the report.

Dwayne
 
Closed Thread

Tags
bar, jamacia, margaritavilla, margaritaville, ochos, rio, sand, snorkling

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Time Cruisers Pinkbabe Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 3 01-13-2010 07:56 AM
First Time Cruisers Trying to avoid Rotten Cruisers SoulCruise General Cruise Chat 6 05-23-2008 08:45 AM
Just a few questions for some first time cruisers rsumrow79 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 4 02-09-2006 10:22 AM
First time Cruisers saag Princess Cruises 4 02-05-2003 01:32 AM
first time cruisers! Tom General Cruise Chat 4 12-19-2002 01:42 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:08 AM.

Contact Us - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2