I am sailing on the Imagination Dec. 13th. I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on shore excursions for these ports. Could you please include a round about price estimate of these excursions? Thanks
Ocho Rios is Dunns River Falls, cost varies. This can easily be done by taking a taxi and then just paying the fee about $6pp. We did the Cool Runnings Catamaran and paid $30. IMHO not worth the extra fee just to take a catamaran ride to the falls.
Kari, you can contact Carnival and they will send you a list and prices of their excursions, it will give you a general idea of what's out there. Caymen you can definatley book on your own, you will need to make reservations for Sting Ray City.( a must do)- many good tour companies to choose from : Captain Marvin, Captain Bryan and Nativeway just to name a couple. If you just want to hit the beach - grab a cab to the Holiday Inn on 7-mile beach they let you use their facilities for a nominal fee. A trip to Hell and the Turtle Farm might be more to your liking - again grab a cab and have them take you to the Turtle Farm and Hell - if you like to snorkel there are lots of dive shops right on the main street that offer snorkerl tours. In Jamacia - look into booking a tour with Peat Taylor, or you can grab a cab to Dunns River Falls just make sure you use a bonded cab- they have stickers on them, don't use the gypsy drivers., the falls are great fun. Lots of other things to do in Jamacia - river rafting, horseback riding, Margartaville, spend a day at the beach thru one of the resorts.
Ocho Rios is definitely Dunn's River Falls - it's awesome! And in Grand Cayman, you should go to Stingray City - I highly recommend Nativeways - three hour tour that includes a snorkelling stop at coral gardens. Cost is $25 per person U.S. Excellent service and very reputable. Didn't do Ocho Rios on a cruise, so I don't know who the operators are for private tours, but defintely try to do that. HOpe this helps.
9 of us used Peat Taylor two years ago. He was terrific. Small airconditioned bus, took us to Dunns River Falls first before the crowds started, drove us around Ocho Rios, was very flexible wanting to know what we wanted to do as well. We asked him to take us to a local place for jerk chicken. Dropped us off for about an hour, came back. Only problem we found is that his choice of shopping locale included the flea market area which we hated. I would find out where better shopping is or forget the shopping altogether. When we got home we found the jerk marinades, etc that we purchased are available at a local Carribean store.
In Grand Cayman we got off the ship, went to the local information kiosk and were able to purchase the stingray tour for about 1/2 the price that the ship was selling.