Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Royal Caribbean Cruises, What you need to know: Part Two

Today I’ll give some inside information about Royal Caribbean excursions. This is for the 7 day Caribbean cruises on the Voyager of the Seas. The 4 stops are Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico.

Labadee (Monday) – Royal Caribbean will relentlessly push the Jet Ski tours on you. I believe its $80 (it can hold 2 people). Some of our group did this, but the adventure was short lived. Furthermore, locals wanting to sell them shirts and crafts approached them on the water while they were trying to Jet Ski. I was told the experience was a little scary. You should put the $80 or $160 towards a deluxe suite on the ship. Instead, sit on the beach and maybe rent a $10 floating mat. Royal Caribbean offers a free lunch while you’re there.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica (Tuesday) – Ocho Rios is a ruff town, but the people are very nice and really want to help get you anything you need. There is a small walled off section where you can hang out. It includes a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville bar and sandy beach. It’s nice to walk through, but since you can eat for free on the ship why run up a $100 bar tab eating there? Nice to visit, but you’ll probably stay on the ship that day.

Grand Cayman (Wednesday) – People from my group did the stingray excursion and loved it for $40 a person. If you want to save some money, spend $8 and catch a cab to 7-mile beach. It’s beautiful. You won’t be disappointed. Shopping is expensive.

Cozumel Mexico (Thursday) – Booze cruise for $40 a person was a lot of fun and entertaining. Be prepared to drink a lot (it’s free). However, no lunch is provided. A friend rented a motor scooter. It broke down 10 miles out of town and he had to run back to the ship in the blazing heat. I’d stay away from those for that reason. You’ll notice the area has not recovered from the hurricanes. The large shipping docks are wiped out and they are trying desperately to tender tourists in from the ships that still visit. If do any shopping do it here. The local communicate really could use the money. While there, you’ll notice all of the hotels are concrete shells. Everything has been blown out. The hotels are not opened yet.

Hopefully this helps you when you travel with Royal Caribbean on the Voyager of the Seas.

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