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Old January 3rd, 2012, 11:33 PM
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What are some suggestions forn things to see/do in Falmouth, not a cruise excursion?
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The is a relatively new port,and has gotten mixed reviews. To be honest, taking a ship excursion here, is the best way to go. The cruiseline will have vetted the excursions, and the operators.
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I was on Voyager's inaugural visit there and just went back on the Mariner. I can't stress enough that it is not an ideal place to just wander off among the locals. The area off the ship in the pier area has lots of vendors and is very 'Sanitized'. Go out the security gates and it's a sea of humanity, mostly very aggressive locals selling stuff (sometimes illegal 'stuff'). I sat at breakfast with a young man and his wife who went out there on there own, and he got pretty worried as guys kept after him to come into bars and stuff as his wife got her hair braided, sitting in an alleyway....

You can take the local tram tour without an excursion ($15, just sign-up in the pier area). It allows you to see the historic town and there is safety in numbers (and a motorcycle cop escort). Take the tram tour and you'll realize why it is better than just roaming out into the neighborhood. You can also go to the taxi stand in the pier area and get transportation to one of many nice private beach areas that have gates and security.

My 27 yr old son took a zip-line, Dunn's River falls excursion, and the locals were even pretty aggressive there. They'd shout and call him 'Coloring Book' since he's an Army SF guy with a number of tatoos. Kinda funny...
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I was there last week on Oasis. The port area is finished and there within the port area are your typical stores; i.e Diamonds International, Tanzanite International, and all the others. Falmouth outside the port area is small and dirt poor. Maybe, you can spend an hour and a half visiting the shops in the port area, then again maybe not. Do not venture out of the fenced in, secured port area by yourself. If you only take one shore excursion on your cruise, take it in Falmouth. Otherwise prepare yourself to stay aboard ship nearly all day.

We took a ship sponsored shore excursion to Negril and relaxed at a nice resort. While there is plenty to do in Ochos Rios and even in nearby Montego Bay, (we had been there on three previous cruises and had seen and done all that we wanted to do) there's nothing worth doing and risking your safety in Falmouth.

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So many mixed reviews so far........ I guess it's still new enough. We will be there in 2 weeks. Planning on getting a taxi and heading to a resort. But, I've heard horror stories about taxi drivers taking people far away and demanding more money to get them back, etc.... been to Montego Bay twice and once just took a bus tour, and second time booked a resort for the day. I always stay at the Big Name resorts, just feel a little safer that way. I'll update after the trip..... Happy Sailing
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Hi Sun,
What resort will you be visiting for the day? I did that once in St. Lucia and spent the day at a Sandals, it was so nice.
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enjoy jamaica , its really good place....
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So many mixed reviews so far........ I guess it's still new enough. We will be there in 2 weeks. Planning on getting a taxi and heading to a resort. But, I've heard horror stories about taxi drivers taking people far away and demanding more money to get them back, etc.... been to Montego Bay twice and once just took a bus tour, and second time booked a resort for the day. I always stay at the Big Name resorts, just feel a little safer that way. I'll update after the trip..... Happy Sailing
Sunseeker, just be sure to get a cab at the taxi station within the port area. Those guys seem to be well controlled and I bet they would lose port privileges if they scammed passengers. Much of their livelihood depends on servicing that port. Our first trip there we jumped in a passenger van with several other couples looking for beach time and the driver took us to a nice secured beach, served as driver/guide/escort, and kept us all out of trouble. And don't forget the tram tour as a 30-45 minute side trip to see the town of Falmouth.
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So the terminal is really nice, but right outside in the town of Falmouth, you wouldn't want to walk around on your own. We went to an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay with jamaicaforaday.com and it was great. Most of the online companies have the same excursions from Falmouth as they do from Montego Bay, so really your choices are similar. There just isn't a beach or town that you would want to explore within walking distance. Again, the cruise facilities and shopping are great. I wrote a full review of the excursion we did on my website if you are interested in an all-inclusive.
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Looking at this map, with MoBe & Falmouth so close together, as cruise ports, I have to wonder why? To me, it would have made more sense, to create a port of call in another area, away form the nothern ports. Maybe it was a fuel/mileage decision, and, it just wouldn't be feasible, but, having the two ports, offering basically, the same excursions, does this make sense?

Falmouth, within the gates, or a day pass to a resort, is this really how the powers that be, intended the port to be enjoyed?
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So many mixed reviews so far........ I guess it's still new enough. We will be there in 2 weeks. Planning on getting a taxi and heading to a resort. But, I've heard horror stories about taxi drivers taking people far away and demanding more money to get them back, etc.... been to Montego Bay twice and once just took a bus tour, and second time booked a resort for the day. I always stay at the Big Name resorts, just feel a little safer that way. I'll update after the trip..... Happy Sailing
We just returned from Voyager of Seas cruise. Falmouth has some nice shops at the port. Everyone is right, when you step out of the port area, you will be approached by numerous locals wanting to sell something. It seems like everyone wanted to braid Santa's beard!! I'm a Santa year round, just by my beard and looks. I thought it was comical, and had a lot of fun with the locals.

I saw a church from the ship that interested me, and thought it was within walking distance. Mz Claus and I intended to walk, but an independent taxi driver started talking. I wouldn't advise anyone else to, but I go a lot on instinct. I paid Albert less than the posted taxi rates inside the port area, and he gave us a tour of the area. We spent almost 2 hours with him. He is a great Christian man, and we had a good time talking as we rode. He took us to the church, and many other areas, escorting us as his friend all the way. We saw areas that tourist normally don't see. When we returned to the ship, my wife realized she left a bag in his van. I texted him and met him at the port gates 30 min. later. He wouldn't allow me to pay him extra for the trouble, although he had already headed back towards MoBay.
I have this man's contact info if anyone would like it.

Also, El Dorado Gift shop is there in port. They are wonderful. Stop in and tell Meetu or Nardia that Santa sent you. They have great coffee, and the Jamaican vanilla is the best I've seen. Meetu is a native of India, so she will be easy to spot.

I've seen all the comments about Jamaica and esp. Falmouth being unsafe, but it's just like any place else. Use your head, go in groups and don't venture where you shouldn't.
...... AND Don't do what I did. I never advise dealing with the independents like that.
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