Jamaica is home to some of the most stunning landscapes that cruise ship travelers will ever see, from the white sandy beaches to lush green mountains, exciting caves to colorful coral reefs.
Where is Jamaica?
Jamaica is a Caribbean Island that’s part of the Greater Antilles and a popular cruise ship destination. The island is known for its verdant landscape, beaches, waterfalls, and sea life. Jamaica has a long history of being under colonial control of the Spanish and the English, who installed a plantation system driven by slave labor. The British freed the slaves in 1848, and later, Jamaica became an independent country in 1962. Tourism is one of Jamaica’s biggest industries, with the capital of Kingston and Montego Bay some of the most popular stops.
What’s it Like There?
The climate in Jamaica is tropical, like the rest of the Caribbean; the weather is typically warm, sunny, and humid. However, visitors going on excursions up into the mountains will need to plan for cooler temperatures and drier air. Jamaica is vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes from June through November. The island is dotted with rivers, coral reefs, caves, and more.
Which Cruise Lines Go There?
Cruise ships from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, and more dock in Falmouth, Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. Jamaica is a port of call that can be found on the itinerary of both Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean cruises. Among the cruise lines that sail here are: Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, and Norwegian.
Popular Cruise Ship Excursions in Jamaica
There’s an array of exciting excursions in Jamaica, whether you’re heading to Kingston, Montego Bay, or some of the other smaller towns. There are always combination beach/shopping trips, as well as some of these excursions that showcase the most beautiful spots on Jamaica:
- Dunn’s River Falls and Park: Enjoy a guided tour up these gently sloping falls in Ocho Rios. Not up to the climb? Visit the beach at the base of the falls.
- Doctors Cave Beach Club: Rated the best beach in Montego Bay, this beach club has roots that go back more than 100 years. Here, you can swim in pale blue waters that lap against white sands.
- Blue Hole: Swim in a literally blue lagoon off the beaten path in Ocho Rios. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the rope swing, cliff jumping, and cave slides.
- Green Grotto Caves: Visitors to this natural attraction in Falmouth get a tour of spacious and expansive underground caves, including an underground lake.
- Catamarans: Hop a specialty boat ride that hugs the shoreline. Most also offer visitors a chance to go snorkeling, too.
These popular cruise ship excursions are just a few of the ways to enjoy Jamaica; visit the island’s official visitors page for more: https://www.visitjamaica.com/.