Montego Bay

The Hip Strip
The Doctor’s Cave
The Rose Hall Great House

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Montego Bay

Among Black Magic and Emerald Waters

An MSC cruise to Cuba, the Caribbean and Antilles will take you to a tropical paradise. Our ship will dock in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Located along the northwest coast of Jamaica, it is one of the most important cities of the island; it is thought that Christopher Columbus anchored his ships here in 1494 when he “discovered” Jamaica on his way from Cuba; he called the new country Santiago.

The lively city centre is dominated by Gloucester Avenue, the main street or “Hip Strip”, where tourists and locals stroll and investigate different bars; in the centre, one can also admire the St. James Parish Church, an 18th century religious building in Georgian style surrounded by a lush tropical garden.
Along the same street, there are also the Court House and the colourful Craft Market: it is impossible to leave without buying a souvenir from at least one of the different stands full of local crafts, from clothes to woven straw hats and jewellery.

An MSC excursion will take you to the “Land of Wood and Water”: encountering breath-taking views, you will float pleasantly on wooden rafts along Marta Brae, a river with emerald-coloured waters. Your voyage to the Caribbean with MSC Cruises will also introduce you to the history and the culture of Montego Bay on board a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Must-sees: the Doctor’s Cave, perhaps the most famous beach of these shores, and the beaches of Walter Fletcher, Gloucester Avenue and Cornwall.

A cruise to Jamaica also means encountering black magic and ancient legends. An excursion will take you to the meandering halls of Rose Hall Great House: it is said that the house is haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, the White Which of Rose Hall, who owned the abode and was guilty of murdering her four husbands and numerous slaves working on the surrounding sugar plantation.

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • Buggy Adventure

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    MTB14

    Buggy Adventure
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • AdultsR1395Price per person

      • ChildrenR1275Price per person

    • CANOPY ADVENTURE

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      MTB07

      Come back to nature and experience it as it should be experienced. Your journey through nature will be via a series of decks and platforms, connected by traverses, mounted in the trees of the rainforest. We begin with the complete safety briefing and demonstration of techniques conducted by our certified canopy specialist guides who will stay with you throughout your adventure. Flying through our Caribbean Forests filled with incredible indigenous foliage allows you to experience nature at its best! This amazing experience of gliding silently through a tunnel of trees is the closest guests will ever feel like to be a jungle bird and can be found nowhere else in Jamaica. This is a must-see, must do tour, on every Jamaican vacation. Please Note: Min Age is 6 yrs / Max Wight 250 lbs. Pregnant women not allowed participating in this tour. We recommend guests wearing closed shoes. Lockers are available at additional cost (Usd. 5.-) to be paid on the spot. Insect repellent is advisable. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR1395Price per person

        • ChildrenR1275Price per person

      • ESCAPE TO MAYFIELD FALLS

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        MTB42

        Spend a day discovering the beauty of Jamaica’s interior on a route that will first take you off the beaten track and into the heart of the Westmoreland countryside on a 4x4 jungle truck. Then you’ll get to stretch your legs on a guided valley walk, crossing bridges and following the river bank, with your guide providing information as you go. Considered to be the longest river walk in Jamaica, the route is flanked by exotic plants, birdlife, butterflies and native wildlife – all of which amounts to a unique chance to touch base with nature. At the delightful Mayfield Falls – one of 20 cascades spaced out along about 1 mile/1.6 km of river – you’ll have time to climb rocks, swim through underwater caverns and relax in one of the numerous natural pools. The tour ends with your return journey to the ship.Please note: guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part. All participating guests are required to sign a waiver, which may be available in English only. The tour is not available for guests with back/neck injuries or who have recently undergone surgery.As there are numerous steps at the location, the tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or for pregnant women.
        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          7 h

        • AdultsR935Price per person

        • ChildrenR665Price per person

      • JUNGLE RIVER TUBING

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        MTB05

        What better way to kick off Jungle River Tubing than to drive through the untouched jungle terrain of Jamaica’s interior? Once you arrive, you will be given an orientation complete with safety tips for the ride down the river. The adventure begins at the waters’ edge where you will be assigned your tube. Our attentive guides will introduce you to the real Jamaica with interesting commentary and information while navigating the rushing rapids of the Great River. This is your opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy Jamaica’s natural beauty as you go; watch flowing streams join the river and be sure to catch a glimpse of the many indigenous jungle animals in their natural habitat. Experience the rush, the excitement and the thrill brought on by the different moods of the Great River as she changes her pace along this magical, unspoiled thoroughfare. Please Note: Min age is 6 years old. Max weight is 250 lbs. Pregnant women not allowed participating in this tour. Remember to bring towel and sunscreen. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            3:30 h

          • AdultsR1175Price per person

          • ChildrenR1055Price per person

        • OCHO RIOS AND DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

          ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

          MTB11

          Travelling through Jamaica's beautiful countryside, you will pass many historic sites and villages to the world-famous Dunn's River Falls. It is believed to be the site of the famous battle of "Las Chorreras", fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island. The English won, and under British rule "Las Chorreras" was first owned by Charles Pryce. The site later became part of the 276 acre Belmont property, which was acquired by the Jamaican Government in 1972, to provide for future development of recreational and park facilities. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. Experience the thrill of climbing the waterfall, in a human chain led by experienced Falls Guides. Pause at the 'massage parlour' and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades over the rocks, to the sea. For the less adventurous, view the activities of the more intrepid from the "safe" vantage point of the terrace or deck. For those who enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts, lose yourself in the lush tropical foliage of ferns, bamboos, ginger lilies, crotons, orchids, a variety of palms and breadfruit trees. After visiting the falls, you will be treated to a delicious Jamaican buffet lunch, served at the Almond Tree Restaurant before the return drive to Montego Bay.Please note: the transfer to reach Ocho Rios takes approx. 2 hours. Falls Climb is not accessible to guests using a wheelchair due to uneven and rocky terrain. Do not forget to wear swimsuit and to bring sun protection and towel. For safety reasons, we recommend wearing water shoes before entering Dune River Falls; shoes are available on the spot and can be purchased at your own expenses. Lockers available on the spot at additional cost. Guests shall sign a waiver that will be available only in English.
          • Long route by bus

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            6:30 h

          • AdultsR1275Price per person

          • ChildrenR1175Price per person

        • RAFTING ON MARTHA BRAE

          ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

          MTB01

          Visit one of the most picturesque places in Jamaica, the "Land of Wood and Water", for a unique Jamaican experience. Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast; see the rural life-style of Jamaica en route to the Martha Brae rafting center where you will be greeted with a welcome tropical drink on arrival. Picture yourself on a bamboo raft built for two, gliding slowly down a river that meanders gently through whispering groves of bamboo and ferns, listening to the chatter of birds and the soft chop-chop of the rafts man pole. Your raft makes its way past shaded banks and dappled sunlight as the mild river breeze washes over you. Hear the story of the “Matibereon” as you float along the river, relaxing in an atmosphere of tranquillity over the three-mile journey before arriving at the Rafter’s Rest, where the bus awaits for the return trip to Montego Bay. On arrival in Montego Bay, you will have an opportunity to shop at the Craft Market, before being transported back to the vessel. Please note: Insect repellent is advisable.Please expect some queues at the venue.
          • Drink included

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • AdultsR1055Price per person

          • ChildrenR935Price per person

        • MONTEGO BAY DRIVE, WHITE WITCH AT ROSE HALL &SHOPPING

          CITY TOUR

          MTB12

          Discover the many treasures of Montego Bay and then shop for your own treasures. Depart the pier via the commercial section of Montego Bay through the busy Howard Cooke Highway then up to the "high road" which offers a spectacular view of the ocean and international airport. Travelling eastward passing Sandals Resort and Half Moon Hotel, you will arrive at Ironshore where you will see an extraordinary display of architecture in the area's luxurious homes. Enjoy a thrilling adventure through the Rosehall Mansion where stories of witchcraft, black magic, murder and slaves exacting revenge on their masters abound! Upon arrival at the famous Rose Hall Great House once home to the White Witch of Rosehall, your guide welcomes you and offers you a taste of the exotic "Witches Brew", a complimentary drink named after the infamous witch who once ruled the Great House. Legend has it that the "White Witch" Annie Palmer murdered her four husbands in addition to numerous slaves who worked at the plantation. After this very informative tour, enjoy a stop at Shoppes at Rosehall for duty free shopping. Visit Margaritaville before returning to the ship.
          • Drink included

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            3:30 h

          • AdultsR1005Price per person

          • ChildrenR885Price per person

        • GO NATIVE JAMAICA

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          MTB36

          Going native in Jamaica has never been easier than on this extended half-day outing, which begins with a drive around Montego Bay’s main sights. Enjoy views of the Old Fort, the Cage, Sam Sharpe Square, the Civic Centre and an inside look at St. James’ Parish Church before passing the historical Dome and Farmers’ Market on your way out of town. Next up is the John’s Hall Plantation, where a glass of coconut water awaits you before you set off on a guided nature walk. As you explore the plantation, you’ll also be able to sample seasonal fruit, find out about the different trees and their uses, view the bird- and other resident wildlife and learn how coffee is processed. Then it’ll be time for a Jamaican-style lunch, including fruit punch, coffee and optional samples of rum and liqueurs, after which you can shop for clothes, crafted items, rum, coffee and jerk sauces at the on-site store. Your outing is rounded off with a further shopping stop at the upscale neighbourhood of Ironshore before you return to the ship.Please note: guests are recommended to wear light comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, high-factor sunscreen and to bring cash (in Jamaican currency) to cover any additional purchases.
          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            5 h

          • AdultsR1345Price per person

          • ChildrenR1175Price per person

        • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

          NATURAL WONDERS

          MTB25

          Your tour begins with a scenic journey along Jamaica’s beautiful coastline. Relax in air-conditioned comfort as your informative and entertaining hostess shows you the interesting sites along the way.After a breathtaking and comfortable journey you will arrive at the world famous Dunn’s River Falls where you will climb 600 feet of cool refreshing water as it cascades over natural limestone terraces. After this invigorating experience, you are transported to Dolphin Cove, where you are met by friendly hostesses and given a complimentary fruit drink. There you will participate in a brief orientation and then enter the world of nature’s most fascinating creatures: the Dolphins. Get to know these gentle creatures from a platform in shallow water, experience the emotion as you caress these beautiful animals; enjoy a splash and even a kiss or two. After enjoying this unique experience, spend the rest of the day watching the dolphins at play in their natural habitat, the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the lush tropical jungle and get an up-close experience with our beautiful and friendly birds, snakes and iguanas. Visit "Little Port Royal" a replica of Jamaica's most famous pirate "Haunt" and witness pirates roaming through town. Browse through the largest gift shops of any attraction in Jamaica, stocked with the widest range of dolphin souvenirs. View the rambunctious and hilarious shark show and watch the stingrays in their lagoon as they gracefully glide by. Enjoy a truly Jamaican Buffet while listening to the rhythms of the Caribbean music. Sample the world famous Blue Mountain Coffee and liquors at our very own “starbucaneers”. Have your hair braided and watch our local fashion show. Learn about our Jamaican culture and enjoy the amenities. Please note: the transfer takes approx. 2 hours each way. A paying adult must accompany children aged 8 years old or under. Guests under the age of 18 years must have an adult to sign the waiver form. Falls Climb is not accessible to guests using a wheelchair due to uneven and rocky terrain. Do not forget to wear swimsuit and to bring sun protection and towel. For safety reasons, we recommend wearing water shoes before entering Dune River Falls; shoes are available on the spot and can be purchased at your own expenses. Lockers available on the spot at additional cost. All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
          • Long route by bus

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

          • No guide available

          • Shopping

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            6 h

          • AdultsR1685Price per person

          • ChildrenR1515Price per person

        • DOLPHIN SWIM AND DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

          NATURAL WONDERS

          MTB16

          Your tour begins with a scenic journey along Jamaica’s beautiful coastline. Relax in air-conditioned comfort as your informative and entertaining hostess shows you the interesting sites along the way.Afterthis breathtaking and comfortable journey you will arrive at the world famous Dunn’s River Falls where you will climb 600 feet of cool refreshing water as it cascades over natural limestone terraces. After this invigorating experience, you are transported to Dolphin Cove, where you are met by friendly hostesses and given a complimentary fruit drink. There you will participate in a brief orientation and then enter the world of nature’s most fascinating creatures; The Dolphins. Get to know the animals as you interact with them in deep water. Experience the thrill of "riding” the dolphin belly to belly. Dance, sing, play and even enjoy a kiss or two. After enjoying this experience of a lifetime, spend the rest of the day watching your new friends, the dolphins, at play in their natural habitat, the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the lush tropical jungle and get an up-close experience with our beautiful and friendly birds, snakes and iguanas. Visit "Little Port Royal" a replica of Jamaica's most famous pirate "Haunt" and witness pirates roaming through town. Browse through the largest gift shops of any attraction in Jamaica, stocked with the widest range of dolphin souvenirs. View the rambunctious and hilarious shark show and watch the stingrays in their lagoon as they gracefully glide by. Enjoy a truly Jamaican Buffet while listening to the rhythms of the Caribbean music. Learn about our Jamaican culture and enjoy the amenities. Please note: the transfer takes approx. 2 hours each way. A paying adult must accompany children aged 8 years old or under. Guests under the age of 18 years must have an adult to sign a waiver form. Falls Climb is not accessible to guests using a wheelchair due to uneven and rocky terrain. Do not forget to wear swimsuit and to bring sun protection and towel. For safety reasons, we recommend wearing water shoes before entering Dune River Falls; shoes are available on the spot and can be purchased at your own expenses. Lockers available on the spot at additional cost. All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
          • Long route by bus

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

          • No guide available

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            6 h

          • AdultsR2535Price per person

          • ChildrenR2295Price per person

        • NEGRIL BEACH EXPERIENCE & RICK’S CAFÉ CLIFF DIVERS

          SEA & SUN

          MTB27

          The resort community of Negril is well-known for its seven miles of white sand beach, its casual, easy-going lifestyle, marathons, daily reggae concerts, parties – and hedonism for adults. So, if your idea of the perfect day in Jamaica involves fun and wholesome entertainment for you and the family then look no further.........Travelling along the north coast, you will drive through several villages and small towns such as Hopewell and Sandy Bay. You will see the famous Round Hill and Tryall Hotels where world famous international stars visit from time to time, also the Tryall Golf Resort. The tour continues along the seacoast through the small town of Lucea. The Lucea clock tower was built in 1817 and stands in the town centre near the Old Lucea courthouse. You will also drive through Green Island, so named because of the lush vegetation that surrounds this area. After leaving Green Island, the scenic drive continues through to Negril. This is where Jamaica’s longest strip of white sand beach awaits you…so swimsuits are a must. Your stop will be at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, which features giant TVs swinging “sky chairs”, a giant water trampoline – a popular attraction with adults and children, a rock climbing wall and all-day music; the perfect place to “hang out and chill”. The finale on the exciting fun-filled excursion is the famous Rick’s Cafe, where you will not have time to “see the sunset” but you will experience the thrill of watching the local divers execute dives from between 12 and 30 m above, into the sea.Please note: the beach is equipped with beach chairs and sun umbrellas; they are not included in the excursion price and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. This tour includes a total of 3 hours roundtrip. Guests shall sign a waiver that will be available only in English.
          • Long route by bus

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            6:30 h

          • AdultsR1005Price per person

          • ChildrenR885Price per person

        • ALL-INCLUSIVE BEACH BREAK

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          MTB39

          If the idea of spending a day enjoying all the spoils of a fabulous beach setting floats your personal boat, take yourself off the ship for a short transfer to the Palladium Beach Resort in Lucea. But far from delivering just a stretch of sand and sea, the resort also boasts several restaurants, swim-up and beach bars, seafront BBQs, three private beach areas and a lovely pool. To round off your time at the resort, you can enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch, go for a BBQ snack or check out the restaurant. Any number of drinks – with a choice among Jamaican-brewed Red Stripe, Red Stripe Light and wine – are also included in your all-day package. The scenic return drive finally brings your outing to a close.Please note: guests are advised that use of further park attractions will attract additional costs not covered by the price of the tour. Guests will be required to cover swimwear and put on appropriate footwear (e.g. sandals) for the buffet-style lunch at the main restaurant. Guests are requested to bring their own pool/beach towel (not provided).
          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Limited seats

          • Duration
            6 h

          • AdultsR1565Price per person

          • ChildrenR1445Price per person

        • Car With Driver and Guide

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          MTB87PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • AdultsR7565Price per person

          • ChildrenR7565Price per person

        • Car With Driver and Guide

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          MTB88PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            8 h

          • AdultsR14825Price per person

          • ChildrenR14825Price per person

        • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          MTB89PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • AdultsR9095Price per person

          • ChildrenR9095Price per person

        • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          MTB90PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            8 h

          • AdultsR18105Price per person

          • ChildrenR18105Price per person

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Jamaica

        Stunning landscapes
        Stunning landscapes

        Rightly famous for its beaches and music, beautiful, brash Jamaica is much more besides. There’s certainly plenty of white sand, turquoise Caribbean sea and swaying palm trees, but there are also spectacular mountains and rivers, tumbling waterfalls and cactus-strewn savannah plains.
         
        Far more than just a resort, the island also boasts vibrant towns and cities such as sprawling Kingston, which inspired the music of Bob Marley and countless other home-grown reggae superstars.
        Jamaica is a country with a swagger in its step; proud of its history, sporting success and musical genius; but also with a weight upon its shoulders.

        As the birthplace of the “all-inclusive” hotel, Jamaica is well suited to those travellers who want to head straight from their cruise ships to the beach. But to get any sense of the country at all during your cruise to Jamaica, you’ll need to do some exploring.

        It’s undoubtedly worth it, as this is an island packed with first-class attractions, oozing with character and rich with a musical and cultural heritage; if you’re a reggae fan, you’re in heaven.