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Cruising to Montego Bay

Our stop in Montego Bay was a repeat trip for us. We had gotten married here a few years prior and spent a week at the Sunset Beach resort. During our previous trip to Jamaica other members of the group had gone to Negril the day that we were meeting with the wedding planner. So our excursion of choice was a trip to Negril.

We found our tour group and were loaded into a bus with a rather small group of people. I always prefer the smaller groups. I hate being shuffled around in a group of fifty people. The drive from the port to our first stop in Negril was rather enjoyable. We wound our way along the coast line through tiny villages. Our first stop was Margaritaville on seven mile beach. Here we got a free lunch. I of course chose jerk chicken. One of my favourite Jamaican dishes. We then laid on the beach and played in the surf drinking red stripe for around half an our.

The next stop was Rick’s Cafe. Famous for it’s views and cliff divers. I had been excitedly waiting to go here. The view was astonishing. Nothing in the way of miles and miles of ocean. The sun sparkling along on the top of the teal blue water. We walked down the stair case towards the ocean where the divers jump. Across the tiny inlet is a gap in the rocks shining through to the other side. The locals had told us to go down there. They say that it looks like Bob Marley. It indeed looks like a mans head has been carved into the rocks by the waves.

I wanted to jump from the cliff but I wasn’t sure how much time I had so instead we enjoyed some beer while looking out at the view.

We got the chance to watch one of the cliff divers jump from the very top. Then we headed back to the port. The day seemed rather quick. But the travel time from the port to Negril and back had unfortunately eaten quite a bit of our exploration time. I definitely recommend going to see this despite the around hour long trip to and from. It was beautiful and enjoyable. Our tour guide was amazing and the driver as well.

I have plenty of things to say about Jamaica, plenty of recommendations of what to do and what to see. I intend on writing a post specifically on the island as a whole. But for cruising, it’s a wonderful port to visit. I would happily cruise there again.

Until tomorrow, happy adventures everybody.

Posted by Wanderlustcanuk 11:33 Archived in Canada Tagged cruise jamaica bay carnival montego cafe cruising rick’s Comments (0)

Cruising and Seasickness

I promise that not all of my blog posts will be about cruising. I’ve done plenty of travelling. Cruising has been my most recent forms of exploration. I also swear that I have not been endorsed, sponsored or paid by Carnival in anyway. Although that would be the dream wouldn’t it? I just happen to really like their ships.

One of the biggest concerns that I have heard about cruising is, “I will get sea sick.”

It is not a guarantee that you will or will not get sea sick and most people will not. My husband is a person who is struck by motion sickness. He doesn’t like to fly, hates being a passenger in a car. Yet he doesn’t feel the slightest bit sick on a ship. Myself who has never had to worry about motion sickness finds myself needing to acquire some sea legs during the first few days of a cruise. However, neither one of us takes any kind of medication during our cruise. Previous to our first trip. I spent a lot of time researching sea sickness. I was honestly a bit concerned about my husbands proneness. I wanted to be prepared just in case so that if he got sick I could treat it and he could continue to have a great trip. Here are some tips about how to prevent and treat seasickness and keep yourself healthy for a fun trip.

If you are prone to motion sickness the best rule of thumb is to start preparing a few days before the start of your cruise.

1. Taking motion sickness medications, the type that you can purchase without a prescription such as Bonine® is a big help. Many people make the mistake of not ensuring that they purchase the non-drowsy formula. The last thing you want is to sleep your vacay away. The general consensus is to begin taking this previous to boarding the ship so that your system is already prepared for when the movement starts.

2. Doctor prescribed medications exist as well. This includes oral options and a patch that goes behind your ear.

3. Sea-Band® Is a very popular option as well. Many people choose this over medications as there is no side effects. These bands have a tiny button on the inside that presses against your wrist. This is supposed to be acupressure that relieves nausea. I have had no experience with this option but many people swear by it.

4. I found that being in the cabin and not being able to look outside created a bit of unease in my head. I had booked a balcony and as soon as I stepped outside into the air and looked into the horizon any discomfort alleviated. Spend the majority of your time out on deck in the fresh air until those sea legs kick in.

5. Cabin location. It is recommended that those who are prone to motion sickness should stay in a more central room. Lower and in the mid ship area. This point experiences less sway.

6. The larger the ship the less movement that you will feel. The cruise ships of the day are anywhere from 70,000 to 200,000 tons. They are equipped with stabilizers that reduce the movement of the vessel. All of these things help to ensure that you will have a comfortable trip.

In short, don’t spend your time worrying about the potential for sea sickness. Instead prepare to have fun. Bring along anything you may want in case of an illness. But the mind is a powerful thing and don’t allow yourself to generate the mental idea that you will become sick. If the worst case occurs the medical staff on board have extremely powerful medication to help with any sea sickness you may experience. Have a great trip and keep cruising and exploring!

Posted by Wanderlustcanuk 14:03 Archived in Canada Tagged sea cruising sickness Comments (0)

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