A couple weeks ago I headed down to Miami for spring break with my roommate. We spent a few days in the city before heading on our cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. The wonderful 80 plus degree weather was a welcome relief from our bitter cold Utah winter this year.
We got off to a bit of a rough start because our ship was being decontaminated for Norovirus. They sent us to a mall to eat while they disinfected the ship. One on the ship it was all smooth sailing. The weather was perfect the whole time.
Our first stop was to Ocho Rios Jamaica. This was my first time to Jamaica and I will be honest it was a bit rough. I am used to people pressuring you to have them take you around the island or to take their taxi’s but this was way worse than I have ever seen. My advice would be to be polite and just say no thank you or just keep walking if you really don’t want to deal with anyone.
We opted to not visit Dunn River Falls this time and just go to the beach. In Jamaica most beaches cost a few dollars to enter and usually include bathrooms. We found a nice beach about 10 minutes from town which had an on-site restaurant, bathrooms, beach chairs to rent, and music playing for people who wanted to dance.
Our second port was in George Town, Grand Cayman. We went scuba diving. It was amazing. This was my first time and it was worth every penny. We researched online and found out that we could do a resort dive from Lobster Pot Dive Center for 100 dollars (about 25 dollars cheaper than doing it through the cruise ship). We had a short class then we headed out to practice some basic skills in the shallow water. After our instructor thought we were ready we headed to a small reef where we were able to go down 40 feet. During our dive we saw some amazing fish including the poisonous Lion fish, luckily my friend who got stuck in the reef right above the Lion fish didn’t get stung!
After scuba diving we had some time to kill so we headed to the famous 7 Mile Beach. I have heard and seen pictures but nothing prepared me for the crystal clear water and fine white sand. It cost us a few dollars to get into the beach but it did have nice bathrooms and showers to clean off after.
I cant wait to go back to Grand Cayman in the near future, they have some of the clearest water and great dive sites including a shipwreck and a reef that overlooks a 6,000 foot drop.
All in all the cruise was great. I know people have said how could I go on Carnival after all that has happened, but in three years I have had nothing but positive experiences. Take a cruise to the Caribbean and you won’t regret it!