I am cruising on the Celebrity Galaxy with my 4 year old daughter on 9/12.
We are on a 10 day trip so our ports are a little different but I can give you an idea of what I have done myseld in some of these ports and what we are doing as a family and then report back and let you know how it went!
Ocho Rios - if you or your husband REALLY want to climb the falls - take the ship's boat excursion there. There is a nice soft sandy beach at the bottom of the falls and one of the adults can climb up with the group while the other one frolics on the beach with the kids. There is a restroom, a snack bar, plenty of trees and picnic tables on the beach. (Hubby and I were on Century in June with Hannah and did this excursion). After the climbing of the falls is done, the boat will take you to a resort on the other side of the harbour where they ship is docked. Again, nice little beach as well as tropical themed pool. I know on the boat they had free flowing rum punch but not sure what other beverages were included in the trip. Other than the falls I would look for some type of beach break excursion. Our upcoming trip on Galaxy does not include this port.
Cozumel - we will be renting a jeep from Avis for the day. You can reserve online prior to your arrival or there will be several "name brand" rental companies on the pier (Budget and Avis come to mind). I find Cozumel to be very safe and inviting for people who want to rent a vehicle and explore on their own. It only takes about an hour to drive around the entire island. A little bit south of the cruise pier are a number of beach clubs. My personal favorite is Mr. Sanchos. Sandy beach area, local arts and crafts to purchase, reasonable food and beverage prices, water activities, a large hot tub/pool and VERY VERY clean restrooms and shower facilities. This one does not seem to get as crowded as some of the other clubs and there is no admission fee. Also in Cozumel which we will be tring this time around with Hannah is a very nice little mini golf course. It is about 3 blocks in from the water front on 1st street. I believe you can get more information on them by going to www.gocozumel.com
. Or do a web search for Cozumel Mini Golf.
Grand Cayman. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is located here as well as some of the best snorkeling/diving. Your kids may be a bit young to swim with stingrays - it freaks ME out to have them brush up against me! But again - if this is important to you or your mate, you guys may be able to take turns staying on the charter boat with them. For this port I would suggest either a 7 Mile Beach excursion OR if you or your husband enjoy snorkeling and your children don't mind getting in the water with lots of pretty fish.....make a right as you get off the tender from the ship and walk about 2 or 4 blocks to Paradise Cove. They will have snorkel equipment for rent as well as food can you purchase for the fish. A small sandy area with chairs but bear in mind most of GC is more arrid and volcanic looking - make sure your kids wear aquasocks or water shoes. They also have a cafe/pub and clean restrooms. There are natural coral/rock stairs with a hand rail that lead you downinto the water. I would say the depth here is about 4 feet deep and the snorkeling is really quite nice. There is a GREAT reef area pretty far out (back towards the ship) but it is quite deep there and to see that scuba is really the best way to got. The marine life and coral along the shore line is decent. There is also a Turtle Farm that I have never been to but I suspect would be fun for little kids.
Key West - We will be there with Hannah. We are making our own way here as well. The Aquarium is within 3 blocks or so of the pier so we will take her to that. I have also read information on a Butterfly Conservatory that is on the Atlantic end of Duval Street. It looks amazing and I think my curious 4 year old girl will love it. It is about 1.25 miles from the pier so we will either take a quick cab ride or we are tinkering with the idea of renting bicycles.
I will let you know how it turns out!