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Your guide to Montego Bay cruises: Top 10 things to do & which lines sail there

Montego Bay, located on Jamaica’s northwest coast, is a dream destination for a cruise vacation. Here’s what you can enjoy during your time in port.

Montego Bay is a very popular stop on cruises to Jamaica cruises, with an array of major cruise lines including the Caribbean hotspot in their fun-packed itineraries.

Not only is the well-developed cruise terminal at Montego Bay kitted out with modern facilities and amenities for cruise passengers – it’s the second-largest of the five ports in the country! – but there’s all sorts to keep you busy and entertained during your time in this Jamaican destination.

With its breathtaking beaches like Doctor’s Cave Beach and an array of thrilling water sports, including snorkeling and scuba diving, Montego Bay offers a paradise-like experience.

The city’s rich history is evident in attractions such as Rose Hall Great House and Greenwood Great House, while the vibrant shopping scene along Gloucester Avenue provides ample opportunities for souvenirs and luxury items.

Montego Bay’s lively nightlife, coupled with a diverse dining scene, makes it a perfect spot for relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration all in one.

We’ve taken a look at the top 10 things to do on a Jamaica cruise to Montego Bay.

What to do in Montego Bay

1. Relax on the Beaches

Spend a day unwinding on the beautiful beaches of Montego Bay, such as Doctor’s Cave Beach [main image], Cornwall Beach or Walter Fletcher Beach. Soak up the sun, swim in the turquoise waters, and enjoy the tropical surroundings.

2. Visit YS Falls

YS Falls [above, right] is a seven-tiered waterfall in surrounded by lush rainforest and rolling hills. Accessible by a tractor-pulled jitney ride through the estate’s farmland, the falls feature crystal-clear pools where you can swim and cool off. Thrill-seekers can also experience the exhilaration of ziplining over the falls, while tranquil gardens and picnic areas provide opportunities for relaxation.

3. Explore Rose Hall Great House

Discover the intriguing history and legends of Rose Hall Great House, an elegant Georgian mansion. Take a guided tour to learn about its infamous resident, the “White Witch,” and admire the beautiful architecture and grounds.

4. Try Jamaican Cuisine

Indulge in the flavors of Jamaican cuisine. Sample local favorites like jerk chicken, curried goat, ackee and saltfish, and tasty patties. Visit local restaurants, street food stalls or even take a cooking class to learn how to prepare Jamaican dishes yourself.

5. Snorkel or Dive in Montego Bay Marine Park

Explore the vibrant underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving in Montego Bay Marine Park. Discover colorful coral reefs, tropical fish and other fascinating marine life.

6. Take a Catamaran Cruise

Embark on a catamaran cruise along the coast of Montego Bay. Enjoy the stunning views, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, sip on refreshing cocktails and dance to reggae music on board.

7. Visit the Hip Strip

Stroll along Gloucester Avenue, known as the “Hip Strip,” and explore the vibrant shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Enjoy some shopping, try local street food and soak up the lively atmosphere.

8. Experience Rastafari Culture

Learn about Rastafari culture, which has deep roots in Jamaica. Visit Rastafari indigenous villages, participate in drumming sessions, learn about their beliefs and experience the spiritual side of Jamaica.

9. Explore the Montego Bay Marine Park

Discover the rich marine life and mangrove ecosystems of the Montego Bay Marine Park. Take a boat tour or kayak through the mangroves, spot various bird species and learn about the importance of protecting this unique environment.

10. Enjoy Nightlife

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Montego Bay. Visit bars, clubs and beach parties where you can dance to reggae and dancehall music, enjoy live performances and immerse yourself in the energetic Jamaican party scene.

Which cruise lines visit Montego Bay?

A number of cruise lines call at Montego Bay on Caribbean cruises. These brands include:

Royal Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
MSC Cruises
Princess Cruises
Marella Cruises
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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Western Caribbean with Carnival

Duration: 6 nights
Where: New Orleans, USA | Montego Bay, Jamaica | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cozumel, Mexico | New Orleans, USA
Ship: Carnival Liberty
Price: From $449 pp

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Miami to San Juan with Crystal Cruises

Duration: 10 nights
Where: Miami | Cozumel, Mexico | George Town, Cayman Islands | Montego Bay, Jamaica | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Road Town, British Virgin Islands | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ship: Crystal Serenity
Price: From $4,200 pp

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Published 07.18.23