Yes you don't have to go into the water. The last time that we're there was in December 2005. Back then we didn't want to go in the water. If you did decide to go in the water, you must rent a pair of shoes, (they looked just like "crocks"), before they would let you in the water. As I recall the rental fee was $10.00. We walked along the stairs that followed the river. I was able to take a lot of good photos there. We did see several people slip & fall into the river, because the river runs very fast. After we took all the photos that we wanted, we noticed that there were a few places to eat. I had the very best "Jerk Chicken" that i've ever had and to top it off with a "Red Stripe Beer". Also we were never hassled by anyone trying to sell us items. I did purchase some "Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee". It's the best coffee in the world.
We love anything assocated with crusing and traveling. We are retired U.S. Navy...and loving it, "Been there...done that"! (almost).
MS Carnival Glory 11/2010
MS Carnival Liberty 11/2007
MS Carnival Spirit 10/2006
MS Carnival Victory 12/2005
MS Star Princess 12/2002
MS Carnival Victory 12/2000
USS Bristol County, LST 1198, 1980-1982
USS Turner Joy, DD951, 1973-1978