We arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica on Thursday around 10:15. Aaron and I had finished breakfast and were surfing on the sports deck (more on that later!) so we had beautiful views of Jamaica as we docked. It took about 15 minutes to get cleared once arriving, and then you could exit the ship!
Falmouth was known for it’s shopping. Actually, I think all of Jamaica was known for that. Aaron and I had zero excursions lined up for the day. We both had assumptions that we would be docking at a beach, and could just be beachside all day. However, that didn’t happen. You had to take a taxi to get to the beaches, and we just didn’t feel comfortable doing that! No worries! We had a great time, nontheless.
Apparently Royal Caribbean just finished this port in the last year or two, so it was all top of the line. We were in a safe area, with a lot of Jamaican stores. The amount of jewelry stores was absurd! Apparently a lot of people come here to do diamond shopping! I really have no idea if prices were better, because I have never purchased my own jewelry, lol. We had a great time walking around and heading into stores.
And just in case we missed home, there was a Margaritaville right on the port! We both laughed at that one. Neither of us were hungry because we had eaten a lot for breakfast not long before arriving.
We stopped in gift shops (a lot of them!), cigar stores, alcohol stores (but prices were about the same!), and little stands all over. Aaron was able to find a Cuban cigar which he really wanted and enjoyed!
After walking around for a bit, Aaron and I started walking down the road (you can see me in the picture above in the center of the road) where we saw more happening. They told us we just had to have our Seapass cards to enter back into the port but had no problem going over. Um, we became frightened, fast. Turns out, we entered into downtown Jamaica. I guess I should let you know that you never dock at the all-inclusive areas. You have ideas in your head of Jamaica, and it’s all the pictures you’ve seen from those areas. That is definitely not the case! We had not only crossed into downtown, but because we didn’t know it, we weren’t very prepared. They started hounding us from the moment we walked in, and quickly realized we were flashing around our goods! Haha Aaron had a very nice watch on (well, it is a Fossil one, but that’s really valuable to them!), my dad’s huge camera, and I had my diamond rings on my finger. We were definitely not the smartest! We slowly started putting those things around, and we did get hounded less, but still more than we felt comfortable with. We quickly made a circle and headed back to the port where we felt much more comfortable!
Jamaica was a great time, even if we did get a bit scared! After entering the port again, we walked through a few stores again, and then headed back to the ship. It was about 2:30, and we were both starving, so we went for food right away. While everyone else was still shopping and doing excursions, we spent the afternoon lounging by the almost empty pool! It was awesome.
We wanted to go back to our room to watch us depart (we were on the Port side of the ship so we always saw the ship leave and arrive!) which turned out to be more exciting than we thought! We were supposed to leave at 6:15, but ended up leaving at 6:45. Turns out, many excursions weren’t back in time! Cruise ships never leave you behind, so we kept waiting for them. As the people got off the cars and walked (some ran) to the ship, we were all cheering for them! As we looked around, people were all over the balcony’s watching. It was definitely a good time, and as soon as the last person was found, everyone came running onto the ship, pulled the ramps away, and off we went!
Now, even though we chose not to do excursions, I should tell you a little about them, and why we decided to skip out. As we looked through the packet (or huge encyclopedia!) of excursions, we had in our mind that we would be by a beach. We also knew that our days weren’t so long wherever we want. When we looked at the different options, they were all 4-6 hours, and we thought that would take away from the rest of the day. Looking back, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the shopping or Jamaica had this been the case! Anyway, we just didn’t want something taking away our day. The reason they were all so long, though, was because most had between a one to two hour drive just to arrive at the location. Um, no thank you. I have a feeling I would have been quite sick had I been stuffed in a taxi van for over an hour. I know I wouldn’t have been able to even enjoy it! So, looking back, I do think we made the correct decision, but we did hear a lot about how fantastic the excursions were. Some people headed to the beach, some went tubing down the river, some climbed Boon’s River falls (I think?), and some went off to do more shopping!
It was a great day in Jamaica!