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    Excursions 2015

    by alex_canada » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:10 am

    So what's everyone's deal this year?

    Personally, I'm looking for 3 other scuba divers to get in on a trip so we can get a free pickup from Ocho Rios to a nearby site.

    What are other options? I've done Jamaica in the past, although I was quite young. Dunn's River Falls is alright but not life changing, may be equally fun to just sit around the beach bars.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by Jotunheimr » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:40 am

    alex_canada wrote:So what's everyone's deal this year?

    Personally, I'm looking for 3 other scuba divers to get in on a trip so we can get a free pickup from Ocho Rios to a nearby site.

    What are other options? I've done Jamaica in the past, although I was quite young. Dunn's River Falls is alright but not life changing, may be equally fun to just sit around the beach bars.


    How much is the scuba diving? I might be interested.
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    by DrinkMoxie » Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:55 am

    I'm just gonna pretty much find a beach and swim, and try to get some good jerked chicken
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by manamachine » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:50 am

    I'm really torn. This'll be my first trip south, so the beach is uber tempting. But I'd also like to make the most of the trip.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by SaraMarie » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:04 am

    I'm a history nerd, so one of the plantation tours looks interesting. On the other hand, I may be really tired and at least a little hung-over. The beach and the bar sounds like a pretty safe bet.

    What's the typical drop-off and pick-up times for our "get off the boat" day? Is it like an all-day thing, or do you just get a few hours? I'll take a trip if we're there for pretty long.
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    by biertroll » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:14 am

    I think I might do some ATV'ing with Marvyn tours, it's about $80 plus the cost of the entrance fees. Little more than I wanted to spend so it's about 50/50 between that and laying on the beach.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by mooyagi » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:12 am

    SaraMarie wrote:I'm a history nerd, so one of the plantation tours looks interesting. On the other hand, I may be really tired and at least a little hung-over. The beach and the bar sounds like a pretty safe bet.

    What's the typical drop-off and pick-up times for our "get off the boat" day? Is it like an all-day thing, or do you just get a few hours? I'll take a trip if we're there for pretty long.


    It all depends on what time we get into port. Jamaica is pretty far We have to get back on the ship by late afternoon, if I'm not mistaken. Statsman will have the info, but I think the first band of the night starts at about 5 or 530 PM.
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    by Phoenix » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:14 am

    Someone posted the ship itinerary on the FB group wall, it was something like 9-4 that we are in port. 7 hours.
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    by Speedy » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:25 am

    Our itinerary says in port 9-16. Regular cruises on Liberty leave Ocho Rios for FL 16:30.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by Mr. HCI » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:12 am

    alex_canada wrote:So what's everyone's deal this year?

    Personally, I'm looking for 3 other scuba divers to get in on a trip so we can get a free pickup from Ocho Rios to a nearby site.

    What are other options? I've done Jamaica in the past, although I was quite young. Dunn's River Falls is alright but not life changing, may be equally fun to just sit around the beach bars.



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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by gundiesalvo » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:30 pm

    Jotunheimr wrote:
    alex_canada wrote:So what's everyone's deal this year?

    Personally, I'm looking for 3 other scuba divers to get in on a trip so we can get a free pickup from Ocho Rios to a nearby site.

    What are other options? I've done Jamaica in the past, although I was quite young. Dunn's River Falls is alright but not life changing, may be equally fun to just sit around the beach bars.


    How much is the scuba diving? I might be interested.


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    by cowboy71 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:28 pm

    Yeah first bandsm will start playing around 5.30pm on shore day.

    I would imagine we need to be back by 4.

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    by ShoreSlayer » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:14 pm

    I've been swimming like a madman for the past 4 months or so and making all kinds of progress so I thought maybe some snorkeling or scuba would be in the plan but I haven't gotten around to training in either and am pretty sure the short time allotted us in Jamaica won't be enough to take either on as a first timer. Some friends recommended SNUBA (like scuba but oxygen provided by hoses from a boat up above) but they don't seem to have it in Ocho, only in Montego Bay from what I found on a short search.

    So, I began looking at other activities and some offered by RC but none held a lot of appeal until I learned of The Blue Hole. Oddly enough, this doesn't seem to be offered on the RC site but the reviews I found say it is 10 times better than Dunn's Falls.

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    Going to look into the cost and times for booking this from Canada and will report back here if any are interested. From what others have told me in the past, booking excursions through RC is more expensive than simply doing so in the port of call or independently but not sure if that's true for Ocho Rios or if all here have found this to be true on past trips.

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    *Edit* - According to this site, it's only $35.00 US. A fairly short trip but maybe a great activity to leave time for more/relaxing afterward.

    These guys seem to offer 2 tours to the Irie Blue Hole that are longer in duration and include either water tubing (cool) or fire water (?) but I can't find any pricing so will maybe phone them later.
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    by gundiesalvo » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:54 pm

    ShoreSlayer wrote:I've been swimming like a madman for the past 4 months or so and making all kinds of progress so I thought maybe some snorkeling or scuba would be in the plan but I haven't gotten around to training in either and am pretty sure the short time allotted us in Jamaica won't be enough to take either on as a first timer. Some friends recommended SNUBA (like scuba but oxygen provided by hoses from a boat up above) but they don't seem to have it in Ocho, only in Montego Bay from what I found on a short search.


    Don't be deceived by SNUBA thinking because your oxygen is provided by hoses from the surface it means it's safer or easier. Actually it carries the same risks as Scuba as you're also breathing compressed air at depth, and it's equipment that relies on its control by other people, plus the freedom of movement is very lacking, not to mention there is virtually no training involved (this is never a plus, even if it saves you time in a vacation, is it worth sacrificing safety in favor of time?). If you want to explore the underwater world, in my very biased opinion, scuba is the way to go. The next best thing is just snorkeling/skin diving, it means a bit more physical training, but it also means less gear and less cost.
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    by Pellaz » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:56 am

    I was finally able to pull up Royal's shore excursions on their site. The prices are a bit higher than an independent operator would charge, but a little less than comparable shore excursions on, say, Carnival Cruise Lines. (I was pleasantly surprised.)
    I'm assuming all of their excursions include transportation to and from the pier, BTW, since the website didn't specify.

    I'd love a chance to go snorkeling combined with a visit to Dunn's River Falls. They have a couple of possibilities listed, at a price ($51) that would probably be another $15 or $20 on Carnival.

    Regarding snuba, I wouldn't do the "helmet dive" type unless it was really cheap, but I've done the "free" kind twice (St. Thomas and Grand Turk) and it was awesome! We had a lot of freedom of movement, especially at Grand Turk, at depths of up to 20 ft.

    EDIT: looking at the Blue Hole info posted above...pretty awesome! My only concern would be the sketchy road, etc. If you encounter a delay, the ship won't wait!
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    Another scuba diver here, would love to do it in Jamaica! Let me know if you find out interesting info about it. Visiting the falls is another great option though.
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    by Pellaz » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:56 am

    bodomdragon wrote:Another scuba diver here, would love to do it in Jamaica! Let me know if you find out interesting info about it. Visiting the falls is another great option though.


    I've done scuba before with friends, but don't hold a PADI scuba cert. I was surprised to see no scuba excursions listed at all for Ocho Rios on Royal's site (since they're a good moneymaker!)..... I was hoping there might be something offered that didn't require a cert.
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    by bodomdragon » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:05 am

    Pellaz wrote:
    bodomdragon wrote:Another scuba diver here, would love to do it in Jamaica! Let me know if you find out interesting info about it. Visiting the falls is another great option though.


    I've done scuba before with friends, but don't hold a PADI scuba cert. I was surprised to see no scuba excursions listed at all for Ocho Rios on Royal's site (since they're a good moneymaker!)..... I was hoping there might be something offered that didn't require a cert.

    I have a PADI certificate so I guess I should be OK, but yeah, sounds strange that there's nothing in their website.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by gundiesalvo » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:53 am

    Pellaz wrote:
    bodomdragon wrote:Another scuba diver here, would love to do it in Jamaica! Let me know if you find out interesting info about it. Visiting the falls is another great option though.


    I've done scuba before with friends, but don't hold a PADI scuba cert. I was surprised to see no scuba excursions listed at all for Ocho Rios on Royal's site (since they're a good moneymaker!)..... I was hoping there might be something offered that didn't require a cert.


    There is an experience PADI has called Discover Scuba Diving which you can do without being certified, it involves the basic training, so a confined water dive is necessary before you go out to the sea (swiming pool, or calm bay). It takes a bit longer because of that but there may be a local operator that could facilitate it within the time window.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by Stained Class » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:04 pm

    A handful of us were looking at doing the falls + Jamaican bobsled trip
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    by alex_canada » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:23 pm

    Can you post a link for the bobsled? Sounds...potentially dangerous
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    by mooyagi » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:19 pm

    alex_canada wrote:Can you post a link for the bobsled? Sounds...potentially dangerous


    http://www.rainforestadventure.com/jamaica_ocho_rios_tours_excursions/attractions/bobsled_dunns_river_falls/

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    by cowboy71 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:35 pm

    FYI, the excursions that the bands are doing are now on the website:

    http://70000tons.com/voyage/shore-excursions/
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    by mooyagi » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:56 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:FYI, the excursions that the bands are doing are now on the website:

    http://70000tons.com/voyage/shore-excursions/


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    by Jimbo2392 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:42 pm

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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by dinki » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:30 am

    hey Folks!

    Little question: yeah it is possible to book some excursions now but did someone booked already? or is it better to wait until we are at the boat and book from the boat? i worry about the think that when i book something now ist not avaible at the cruise? or is this booking a save thing that the booked excursion will finally happen?
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by EpidemicReign » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:06 pm

    I booked the shark encounter and Dunn's River Falls.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by Pellaz » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:41 pm

    I think the deadline for pre-booking shore excursions through Royal has passed, or is about to. Those will have to be done on the boat at the Explorations! desk. (They always put the exclamation point afterwards. :lol: )

    I'm kinda torn right now between Dunn's River Falls (via Royal, booked on board) .....or going to the Blue Hole, booked through Liberty Tours or one of the Taylors before we leave the U.S. Both of those Blue Hole tour operators are highly recommended on CruiseCritic.

    That Blue Hole looks a lot nicer than "my" Blue Hole, which is here. (Everyone calls their local swimming/snorkeling hole "Blue Hole," it seems. :lol: )

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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by AllisonC1978 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:33 am

    I am doing an early morning (9:30-11:30) Dunns River Falls..trying to find someplace to go snorkeling afterwards, I haven't been in many years and have a nifty waterproof (to 10 feet) camera to play with
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by DarthDavy » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:37 am

    alex_canada wrote: may be equally fun to just sit around the beach bars.


    Check, checked, double checked, confirmed.

    Perhaps a round trip around the Island sounds interesting, the rest is kinda meh and I read a lot of bad reviews for those excursions. I know, the Internet is full of whiners, but still... I do want to see the place, so maybe, only maybe Dunn's River Falls, but I'll decide that on the boat.
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    Re: Excursions 2015

    by Rosenkreutz » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:53 pm

    hello,
    To any of you going to "The Blue Hole", what trip company are you using, or just getting local transportation there?
    If you are using a trip company, do you know the time they are picking you from the port?
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    by ShoreSlayer » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:11 pm

    Rosenkreutz wrote:hello,
    To any of you going to "The Blue Hole", what trip company are you using, or just getting local transportation there?
    If you are using a trip company, do you know the time they are picking you from the port?

    I forget the name of our company cuz it was set up by someone else but we leave around 9 am for almost 6 hours
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