Posted January 13th, 2006, 03:31 PM
I can't find anything about someone having first-hand experience with one of these tours in Ocho Rios. The canopy tour (called something like "Original Canopy Tour") is only able to be booked through the cruise line, but the other zipline tour is through Island Marketing Ltd. - Jamaica Cruise Excursions - and is called the "Jamaica Adventure Retreat." It includes a zip line "ride," an ATV ride, then a Jamaican lunch.
Has anyone ever done either one of these? We are a couple in our early 40's with a 18 y.o. son and 14 y.o. daughter - both of whom are very active and athletic and we are cruising in late March. I have a cousin that did a similar canopy tour in Costa Rica and thought it was fabulous, but didn't know about Ocho Rios. THANKS for any help -
I looked into both of these for our cruise coming up next month...from what I could tell the ATV/Zip was "tamer" (Island Marketing) then the Canopy tour (though the ship). Island Marketing advertise one 440 ft zip line and another 12 foot drop (after you climb a pole to free fall 12 feet) and thats really all they advertise. I was actually wondering if the zip lines were just from man made poles, only because I saw one picture that looked that way. Then you get to go on some trails with ATV's. I highly doubt that is anything other then following a guide on some trails on the property? Then the lunch and you also get to walkt he grounds and hear about what kinda herbs they are using in your lunch.
We personally decided to do the zip lines with the ship (Carnival) due to it looked a tad more "wicked" The 4 kids with us (18-20 y/o) want the wildest rides. (eek! one of the lines is 600 ft long) And we all own ATV's and putting around behind a guide is kinda lame for us.
The Island Marketing excursion is 5 hours and the crusie ship is 4 hours. So Island Marketing you do a lot more then just the canopy tour but are only there for an hour longer? hmm...maybe a tad tame for those looking for more of a adventure through natural surroundings. Just my opinion though..I am so looking forward to the canopy tour, even though I am scared to death!