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Default Do you Enjoy Jamaica?

I ask this because, I wonder if the Oasis, with the new port of Falmouth , will entice cruisers back to an island they might have written off.

I decided after my last cruise, with a new port for me, of Montego Bay, that, if I cruised the western, with Jamaica as a port of call, I would stay onboard. I just have not really enjoyed my time there.

Now the combination of a new amazing ship, plus this new port they will build, could change my mind. A whole new area to explore...What do you think?
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I am of the same feeling about jamica as well. I have only visited one time and did not like it one bit (we did dunns river falls). The vendors were very pushy and I didnt feel safe. It seemed everywhere we went someone was trying to get us to purchase some type of drug. This really left a bad taste in my mouth and after we were back on the ship we decided we would never visit again.
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I have the same bad taste in my mouth regarding Jamaica as well. After several times in Ocho Rios and once in Mo Bay, I can safely say both the DW and I are finished with Jamaica. I truly understand that the island is poor and many folks are just eeking out a living , but we can't abide with their pushiness and in several cases threats. Dunns River is great but to be fed through the "Local Market" as you get back to the parking lot and the busses can be downright scary. Mo Bay was not quite as bad but close. Unless there are some new, very interesting excursions at Falmouth, we plan to say aboard and enjoy the ship. I have been noticing that several cruise lines are now bypassing Jamiaca for other destinations. It has to be because of customer complaints.
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I'll be the first to say I love Jamaica! I do enjoy the beaches and the locals pushing stuff does not bother me. I was getting my hair braided two years ago and one of the locals was asking me if want to buy any drugs. I told him "no man no drugs for me" he left it at that and did not bother me.
Jamacians are big on Soccer so I love talking to the locals regarding soccer. Too bad Jamaicans get a bad rap I find them to be very friendly people.

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I ask this because, I wonder if the Oasis, with the new port of Falmouth , will entice cruisers back to an island they might have written off.

I decided after my last cruise, with a new port for me, of Montego Bay, that, if I cruised the western, with Jamaica as a port of call, I would stay onboard. I just have not really enjoyed my time there.

Now the combination of a new amazing ship, plus this new port they will build, could change my mind. A whole new area to explore...What do you think?
I have always enjoyed Jamaica, but the "secret" seems to be to take one of the ship's shore excursions rather than going ashore on your own. The jitney tour or Prospect Plantation is a real highlight -- almost a magical air about it and some really impressive demonstrations along the way -- and the climb up Dunn's River Falls is a real "one of a kind" that's very refreshing (and well shaded, so anybody who got too much sun the day before can do it). When it comes to shopping, the island's Blue Mountain Coffee is a great souvenir for your coffee-drinking friends.

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I also want to add that I never take excursions I have ventured out on my own many times and never had a problem.

I will be in Jamaica once again in two weeks.
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I also want to add that I never take excursions I have ventured out on my own many times and never had a problem.

I will be in Jamaica once again in two weeks.
You are braver than me!! My DH and I have been to Jamaica two times. We had a great time, but I understand why people are scared. The first time we went to the shopping center, and I was totally turned off from shopping there. The salespeople were rude and very pushy. Then we went to Margaritaville for a little while, then on to Doctors Cave Beach. The beach is beautiful and enclosed. I felt very safe there. Our cab driver was very friendly and helpful. He dropped us off, told us to tell him what time we wanted to be picked up, and he was there waiting for us.
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Yes I love the cab drivers they are very friendly and I enjoy talking to them and they also pick you up if you tell them where and when.

The salespeople are pushy but they are just trying to make a living make some sales and get food on the table this is how I look at it.

I'm from the Jersey/NY area and when I go into New York for the day I see alot more scary people in New York then Jamaica.
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You have to be watchful while in Jamaica especially if you are on your own. Stay away from Kingston and if you are in Ocho Rios there is Island Village right nearby with shops, restaurants, a beach, etc. In Mo' Bay there is a shuttle bus to Margaritaville and Doctor's Cove Beach.
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Sub, I have to say... the Magaritaville in Mobay, was just terrible..dirty and so unapealing, I would not eat there on a bet.. it should make Jimmy sad.
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Try the Oasis restaurant right next to the Dunns Rivers Falls. They offer a very good buffet lunch. I love Jamaican food and eat it here at home or at work when they offer it in the Cafeteria. Bob
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Yes I love the cab drivers they are very friendly and I enjoy talking to them and they also pick you up if you tell them where and when.

The salespeople are pushy but they are just trying to make a living make some sales and get food on the table this is how I look at it.

I'm from the Jersey/NY area and when I go into New York for the day I see alot more scary people in New York then Jamaica.
I'm a small-town girl. I'm sure New York would scare me, too.
I know they are just trying to make a living, but they would do so much better if they would not pester you so much while you are "looking". I don't like feeling pressured into buying something.
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I not that keen on Jamaica, but I would give Falmouth a try.
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My first vacation as a young working gal was a week in Jamaica and I had
a truly fantastic time - However, that was over 40 years ago. (OMG!) Recently
when we have stopped there on our last three cruises - I was really sad
to see how "pushy" the vendors were and how "uncomfortable" my DH and I felt just walking on the street. I must say that when we were
approached by a man asking for money - another passerby (Jamaican)
came up to us and told the man to "get lost" ! That was a relief!. If
I was lucky enough to sail on the new Oasis - I would certainly give Jamaica and a new port another try - it is a beautiful island and the people in general are very nice.
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I am another who will stay onboard rather than go into any Jamaican port. We did Dunn's River Falls and thoroughly enjoyed it, but that was enough for me.
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