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Old 11-19-2007, 12:35 PM
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We have booked the Grand Princess Feb 9 '08 Western Carribbean. Our first port is Jamaica and though I've been there before my wife has been reading about the bad crime rate and is freaked out about it. On my trip before our group split up, men golfing and women shopping. Of course we had no problems but did hear of some others having confrontations and robberies. That was back in 1992. How is it now, any better? Does anyone have some good pointers on shore excursions there or the other ports?
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:07 AM
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Had same question check out "port chat" lower on page....
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:17 AM
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Be prepared to be hit up numerous times to buy drugs, mainly pot. Lots of seedy areas in the walking and shopping areas. Jamician police around, but not very enforceable if problems.

Certainly a different culture here. Lots of Jewelry shops......suggest going to a private resort.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:10 AM
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We were there in Dec 2004 off Regal Princess. The dock area was barbed-wired and provided a safe environment to get from the ship into taxis that were waiting. The taxis were vans that took us to a gated secured shopping center (more barbed wire and armed guards) and to Dunn's River Falls Park, also a secured area. The ship's CD advised us to take only one type of Taxi; my memory is that we were told to look for the red license plates, but that may have changed. They were government controlled and had fixed rates. Dunn's River Falls was a beautiful place to visit and we there were lots of taxis/vans to take us back to the ship.

Even within the secured areas, the vendors were aggressive and didn't give up at "No, Thank You", but we felt safe. I don't think that would be the case just walking along the streets outside the secured areas.

Our van driver first collected fares, then took us to the gas pumps to fill up, thus giving us a 20 minute "tour" of the area and it was obvious that it is a land of serious division between the haves and have nots.

I can't compare to the way things were in the 90s but I hope this helps you.
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