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Cruise Jamaica 

Jamaica can boast of being the ‘original’ port of call in the Caribbean and has won several world-class awards as World Leading Cruise Destination.

The Port Authority of Jamaica operates cruise ports at Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Port Antonio.

The key to Jamaica’s success in the homeporting sector is its central Caribbean position, while its world-class cruise terminal at the Port of Montego Bay is only a few minutes’ drive from the ultra-modern Sangster International Airport.

About Cruise Jamaica 

Cruise Jamaica is a brand operating under the Port Authority of Jamaica, which is the regulator and developer of world class service facilities for visiting cruise lines in the Caribbean.

In partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Product Development Company, the Jamaica Port Authority ensures the ports of Jamaica maintain their position as prime cruise destinations.

Conveniently located on the main shipping routes of the western Caribbean and accessible from all major North American home ports as part of a leisurely seven-day or longer itinerary.Jamaica’s main cruise ports, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Falmouth, are equipped to handle the largest cruise ships afloat and offer a full range of services and facilities. Beautiful Port Antonio is an idyllic call for boutique cruise ships and megayachts.

Facilities and services


The three main cruise ports of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Falmouth are all located on the north coast and are equipped to handle even the largest cruise ships as well as offering a full range of passenger facilities and services. Port Antonio offers an idyllic port of call for ‘boutique’ cruise ships and mega yachts.

Montego Bay: Managed by the stevedoring company Port Handlers Ltd on behalf of the Port Authority. It has three berths for cruise ships including two dedicated berths. The cruise terminal has gift shops, snack bars, a telecom centre and other facilities for passengers. The Port Authority plans to expand both marine and shoreside facilities at Montego Bay to handle the next generation of mega cruise ships.

Ocho Rios: Three cruise ship berths. Lannaman & Morris (Shipping) Ltd operates the dedicated Cruise Ship Pier, which has two berths.

Falmouth: Managed by the Port Authority. The port has a recently built cruise terminal designed in Georgian style to reflect the period architecture of the town. There are two berths of equal length able to receive vessels up to Oasis-class size. Facilities for passengers include extensive duty free and retail shopping along with a wide choice of food and beverages.

Activities

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.

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.

For more information on support services and homeporting click here

Montego Bay 

They came by steamer in the 1920s, lured by the tales of a Garden of Eden on a sapphire sea. And by the curative powers of the waters at Doctor’s Cave Beach. Today, they come for even more reasons – championship golf courses, beautiful beaches, historical great houses, the Harbour Street market and, of course, the restaurants and entertainment that only Jamaica can provide. Montego Bay offers something for everyone and is aptly named ‘The Complete Resort’.

Montego Bay is an ideal destination for cruise passengers. A host of activities and attractions provide the perfect day off the boat. Few experiences will compare with a day of rafting down the Martha Brae. Or a walk along the ‘Hip Strip’, where Jamaica comes alive day and night with food, music, souvenir shops, water sports and a casino-like gaming lounge. History and culture enthusiasts will enjoy a tour of one of the area’s great houses, such as the 18th-century Rose Hall, where you’ll hear the tale of Annie Palmer’s ghost. Or there is the Bird Feeding Station, a working plantation to explore. So, while few still come for a Doctor’s Cave treatment, everyone finds MoBay just what the doctor ordered.

Airport connections
Montego Bay’s Sangster* International Airport (MBJ) is well positioned on the northwest coast. It provides an ideal gateway to Jamaica’s main tourism region and is perfect for homeporting cruise ships.

The airport is an easy two-mile (3.1 km) drive from the cruise terminal in Montego Bay and also lies comparatively close to Ocho Rios and to the popular tourist resort of Negril.

MBJ is served by over 30 international airlines and is linked to four other Jamaican destinations: Kingston, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios and Negril. Among the major international carriers serving MBJ are Air Canada, Air Jamaica, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Continental, Delta, Martinair, Northwest and US Airways.

The airport has a range of shops and restaurants and a row of kiosk-style outlets offering duty-free goods, souvenirs and newspapers. Cash-point machines and a bureau de change can also be found inside the terminal building. Seven car rental firms have desks in the Arrivals Hall.

The airport is named after Sir Donald Burns Sangster, who became acting prime minister of Jamaica in February 1964 when Sir Alexander Bustamante became ill. Sir Donald succeeded Sir Alexander as prime minister in February 1967 but sadly he died in office just 65 days later.

Port details


Airport: Sangster International Airport is 3.1 km from the seaport.

Medical aid: Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Activities

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, 4×4 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 6×6 Jeep Off Road Safari before gliding through the jungle on five ziplines.

 

Ocho Rios 

Ocho Rios does not have eight rivers, as its name suggests. Ocho Rios actually got its name from a corruption of the Spanish ‘chorreras’ or waterfalls, which speaks of the stretch of coastline east of the town, where a series of streams cascade out of the limestone. This is why Jamaicans say that Ocho Rios is ‘where Eden meets the ocean’.

The town is a hub of activity, with an intensity that makes it seem in constant motion. Bargain seekers should head straight for the crafts market. Gourmets can delight in the culinary joys of elegant restaurants and local cafés. Adventure seekers should not miss the excitement of climbing the refreshing waters of Dunn’s River Falls, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove or a horse-riding trip at Chukka Caribbean Adventures. Nature lovers can find vistas of floral splendour at the Coyaba and Shaw Park Gardens or drive through a forest of ferns aptly named Fern Gully. No matter what you choose to do, a day in Ocho Rios will be a day to remember.

Port details


Airports: Sangster International Airport is 102 km from port. Other services available at Boscobel Domestic Airport.

Medical aid: St Ann’s Bay Hospital is 37 km from the port.

Activites

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, 4×4 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.

 

Falmouth

A unique cruise destination, Historic Falmouth, has been created on the north coast of Jamaica, just 22 miles from the world-famous resort of Montego Bay.

The largely forgotten coastal town of Falmouth – part of the fabric of Jamaica’s heyday as a British colony – has been restored to its former glory. As part of this restoration, Falmouth has become a fully fledged cruise destination with purpose-built facilities to host the new Oasis class of vessels.

With the creation of Historic Falmouth, the Port Authority has opened the way to a very special visitor experience. The concept is a bit like colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, USA – but this ‘must see’ destination has its own distinctly Jamaican flavour. Falmouth’s rich heritage provides an impressive backdrop to the two-berth cruise terminal, which has been designed in a style that reflects the architectural and social history of the town.

In terms of other visitor attractions, Falmouth is close enough for cruise passengers to enjoy the best that Montego Bay and Ocho Rios have to offer. Go rafting on the Martha Brae river, take a trip to the Greenwood Great House (a former Edward Barrett residence), swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, or join in a nature trek with Chukka Caribbean Adventure Tours. There is also ready access from Falmouth to the island’s mountainous Cockpit Country, which contains a selection of flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world.

Port details


Airports: Sangster International Airport is 35 km form the port.

Medical Aid: Falmouth Hospital is 1.2 km from the port.

Activities

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 4×4 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.

Please visit cruisejamaica.com for more insight.

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