bguppies, thanks for your input/suggestion. I'm not one who normally enjoys being in the middle of the "masses" so the number of excursions you mentioned is a turn off to me too. I prefer to get off the beaten path to the road less traveled and discover the "real" place. I've done quite a bit of online research about tours offered in Ocho Rios (and our other ports) but not sure yet if I'll get in line with the crowd or do my own thing. These message boards have been a big help with questions I've had about my upcoming cruise.