Disney Cruise Line has announced new itineraries that include stops in Jamaica for the first time in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will embark on the Disney Wonder and call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico and originate in Galveston, TX.
While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.
I had a great trip, via air, to Jamaica in 2011. We did not stop at any of the typical touristy places, instead we stayed exclusively at an all-inclusive resort. Jamaica is an economically depressed nation with little industry other than tourism and a few food exports. It’s very obvious when you’re driving through the country-side. Even in our relatively isolated bubble we still experienced significantly non-family friendly encounters. I don’t see how this will be avoided when Disney docks either. That said, Jamaica deserves Disney’s tourist dollars as much as any nation in the Caribbean. Let’s hope it’s a great match.
Also in late 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail seven-night Bahamas cruises from Galveston, calling on Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is the ultimate escape, with powdery white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and swaying palm trees. Always a favorite port of call for guests, Castaway Cay is the place for those seeking adventure, relaxation or quality time with the family.