There is no other trip like a cruise to Jamaica, the Caribbean island that is the birthplace of reggae music and legendary musician Bob Marley. When your ship pulls into port, you’ll discover reef-lined sandy beaches, soaring mountains, tropical rainforests, and rum cocktails you’ll crave for months.
Jamaica is home to five cruise ports equipped to handle everything from intimate yachts to mega-ships. Ocho Rios is Jamaica’s largest port and a gateway to attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls. Montego Bay is a golfer’s dream while Kingston, the Jamaican capital, offers the opportunity to visit the Bob Marley Museum and dine at a restaurant owned by Olympian Usain Bolt. Here’s everything you need to know about booking a jamaica cruise.
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Which cruise lines sail to Jamaica?
Several cruise lines sail to Jamaica, with most routes departing from the United States. Royal Caribbean sails to Jamaica from Tampa, Florida. Celebrity cruises to both Ocho Rios and another Jamaican port, Falmouth. Carnival has several routes that stop in Jamaica, including a few that navigate the Panama Canal. Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises sail both to Montego Bay, located in the north of the island, and to Ocho Rios. MSc, Norwegianand Holland America also include Jamaica on their cruise itineraries.
MSC alone offers more than 50 cruises that stop in Jamaica.
Jamaica cruise itineraries often depart from Texas or Florida and include other Caribbean islands. Some include more adventure, sailing to Central America or crossing the Panama Canal.
What cruise ships sail to Jamaica?
Jamaica Cruises tend to be longer, with many itineraries between five and seven nights, so you’ll need more than a long weekend for this holiday. The ships sailing here tend to be larger and stacked with onboard entertainment and activities. Most ships sailing to Jamaica, such as Royal Caribbean greatness of the seasTHE Norwegian Getawayand the MSC Meravigliacarry thousands of passengers, but Viking Cruises and Oceania Cruises sail to Jamaica on ships carrying 1,200 passengers or fewer.
No matter what kind of cruising experience you’re looking for, you can find it on a ship heading to the sandy beaches and reggae beats of Jamaica. Here are some of the best cruises in Jamaica for all types of travelers.
Which cruise port in Jamaica is the best?
Ocho Rios, on Jamaica’s north coast, is the island’s largest and best-located cruise port. It offers easy access to two of Jamaica’s top attractions – Dunn’s River Falls and Mystic Mountain, where you’ll find bobsledding and ziplining – and many of Jamaica’s most popular activities. In Ocho Rios, you can ride a horse on the beach, take a tour to learn more about Bob Marley and the roots of reggae music, or relax on the sandy beaches. The harbor is a short walk from town, making it easy to explore on your own if you choose not to take an excursion.
What is the best month to go on a cruise in Jamaica?
There’s no place like Jamaica to escape winter. Jamaica’s dry season runs from mid-December to April and brings sunny days with pleasant temperatures. Sail to Jamaica between mid-December and April for perfect beach days and great weather to explore the rainforests and local markets. Avoid sailing in the Caribbean during August and September, which is peak hurricane season.
Find the cruise that’s right for you:
Best Jamaica Cruises for Solo Travelers
Holland America, one of the best cruise lines for solo travelersoffers a seven-night stay Western Caribbean Itinerary which includes a full day in port in Ocho Rios. Discover Dunn’s River Falls and go swimming at the Blue Hole. Relax on a bamboo raft, ride a horse, listen to reggae or try ziplining. Back on board the New Statendam, enjoy one of the ship’s 12 solo ocean view cabins all to yourself. These solo cabins are small – between 127 and 172 square feet – but with so much to do on board that might not matter. THE New Statendam is a Pinnacle-class ship with multiple live entertainment venues, an expansive fitness center, shopping, and a spa. There are several dining options on board, and the cruise line hosts several events for solo travelers each sailing. THE New StatendamThe Western Caribbean itinerary departs from Fort Lauderdale, Floridaand also stops in Cozumel, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
Best Cruises in Jamaica for Thrill Seekers
Royal Caribbean cruises to Falmouth, Jamaica, on the independence of the seas, a modern cruise ship designed for unforgettable adventures at sea. Spend your day in Port Jamaica ziplining, bobsledding or snorkeling. Try rafting or tubing in the Jamaican jungle. Climb to the top of Dunn’s River Falls or opt for a lazy day on a beautiful beach eating beef patties. Back on board the independence of the seas, try the 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator, or scale an outdoor rock climbing wall with epic ocean views. Play the glow-in-the-dark laser game or race down the waterslides in a duel. You might find yourself wishing for more days at sea. The ship departs and returns to Miami. Five-night itineraries also stop in Labadee, Haiti.
Best Jamaica Cruise for Families
If you are looking for a cruise line There is something for every taste, MSC has you covered. THE MSC Meraviglia begins its Caribbean journey in Port Canaveral, Florida, offering families the chance to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or the Kennedy Space Center before setting off on an unforgettable Caribbean vacation. THE 11 night itinerary visits the Bahamas, Aruba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In Ocho Rios, you can choose from several excursions, including a traditional bamboo rafting excursion. Adults may prefer the island tour and rum tasting excursion. This excursion delves into the history of the island, taking travelers to historic sites as well as scenic spots. Guests learn about rum production on the island while tasting locally made rums. Juice tastings are available for all children who wish to participate in this experience.