From Ship to Shore in Jamaica

These two companies deliver an expansive offering of shore excursions for Jamaica-bound cruisers

By: By Mark Rogers

Glendale, Wisc.-based ShoreTrips ( has a number of options perfect for adventurous Jamaica-bound cruise passengers. If your cruise client’s itinerary has them docking at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, they may want to book one of ShoreTrips excursions. With ShoreTrips, they can choose among some of Jamaica’s most iconic experiences, such as climbing Dunn’s River Falls or visiting reggae legend Bob Marley’s childhood home at the village of Nine Mile. Or they can opt for such activities as horseback riding, ziplining, partaking in cultural excursions and going on helicopter tours.

The company’s new excursions for 2009 include the 4x4 Adventure with Visit to Dunn’s River, a 5½-hour tour priced at $89 per person ($66 for children ages 6-12); and Kayak Jamaica’s White River, priced at $76 per person ($56 for 12 years old and younger). ShoreTrips can also arrange private group trips. For example, the four-hour Private Catamaran to Dunn’s River Falls costs $1,046 for up to 10 passengers.

ShoreTrips reported that most of its excursions are booked at least seven to 21 days prior to the ship’s sailing. The company’s dolphin swim excursions sell out quickly and it is advisable to book these one or more months in advance. ShoreTrips will take bookings with up to 48 hours notice, although additional fees may apply; its excursions can be purchased up to a year in advance. The company will also refund all excursions if the ship doesn't make port in time or doesn't make port at all. ( has a slightly different take on the shore excursion concept. The company offers cruisers visiting Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica, the opportunity to spend a day experiencing the amenities of an all-inclusive beach resort — Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay or Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios. Both resorts are located close to the ports of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, allowing for a quick trip from the ship to the beach. During their visit with, guests enjoy all meals and drinks, white-sand beaches, pools, waterslides, dining and the use of non-motorized water sports.

Not included in your clients’ Jamaica shore excursion is the use of guestrooms, breakfast, fitness center, motorized sports, Club Mongoose kid’s camp and Cafe Jamalicious at Sunset Jamaica Grande. Transfers to the resort and back to the ship are also not included, although they can be purchased separately.

Adult and child resort day passes can be purchased, with or without ground transfers, starting at an introductory rate of $60 for an adult pass and $40 for a child pass. Groups of 16 or more receive a 5 percent discount.

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