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  1. I know alot of people downright hate Jamaica but I had a very good experience in Jamaica. It really was probably my favorite stop overall but the water is most beautiful in Grand Cayman, in my opinion. One thing that really grabbed me was when I was lying in my bed and heard this loud drumming sound. I looked outside and there were about 17 or so adolescents playing music. That touched me..it touched me even more when this lady two balconies over called one of the kids to give him money. Those kids picked up alot of money and were grateful for it. I checked my purse and all I had was two dollars and some change and I threw it to them, also. Would have surely given more had I had it. They were great. And they waved at all of us as we were leaving. So be it if they play for money..These kids are earning it honestly and I respect that. The last day of our trip I sat outside and cried because I got to experience something that alot of people never will and can't wait for my next cruise, God willing. Overall it was a great cruise, great in Jamaica and our other ports and I'm proud to say I was a part of it all.
  2. We returned home from our cruise last month (April 20) and are still remembering the memories we will forever hold in our hearts. We sailed the Carnival Conquest and one of our stops was in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I was worried because of all of the things I read on these message boards 2 months prior to leaving but I would say overall it was great. Although we loved all of our stops and the water in Grand Cayman is the most beautiful water I've ever seen we really enjoyed our day in Jamaica. We were a bit disappointed at first as we wanted to go to Dunn's River Falls but missed the opportunity. We were standing outside figuring out what to do when I asked this lady what excursion she was waiting for. She said "White Water Rafting"...my girlfriend was very excited and I only decided to go because she wanted to go. The ride there was very bumpy as there were tons of pot holes but not enough to ruin the trip. When we got to the White Water Rafting place my first impression was that it was kinda dirty and the equipment looked kinda old...but I tried to keep an open mind. There were 8 people total and each couple got their own raft. It was really calm and laid back for the first part of our excursion but then it got pretty rough in a few spots. We got to know a lot about the culture of Jamaica from our guide Mackel who we fell in love with. I was very inquisitive and he answered my questions usually with a smile and a "yeah, mon"....he also worked his butt off doing a lot of work trying to maneuver the raft when it got stuck. At the end of the excursion he washed our feet in limestone. We were the only ones to get this special treatment and we felt just that. I didn't know what to expect when I started this excursion but ended up being treated very very well. I gave him a $20 tip at the end but I swear had I not lost $700 the first night in the casino I would have given him much more..he was great. I believe it was Caliche Rainforest that he works for. We will never forget him or our experience because HE made the difference. When we got back in our room we lay down to take a nap and I heard what I thought was someone banging on drums in the next room only to look outside and see about 17 adolescents in a marching band. The lady two balconies over from me called one of the boys to her and threw him something. I thought it was a piece of paper but it was money..Many people started throwing money to them and so did I. Our Jamaican experience was a great one. I did have a taxi driver ask me if I wanted to buy Marijuana but I politely declined and he didn't hassle me. I hear a lot of negative talk about Jamaica but we loved it. Maybe it was Mackel, I don't know, but we enjoyed it. Just give it a try and if you can get past the small nuisances you could have a great time, also. Thanks for reading my lengthy post and if you go White Water Rafting tell Mackel Melody (the girl who offered him a cigarette every 5 minutes last month on our excursion) and April said hello.
  3. Thanks to all of you for your responses to my post. Today at work I couldn't wait to tell all of my coworkers of my cruise. I am a dealer/supervisor at a casino and I was standing on the deck and looking at the water and thinking about my cruise. The only thing is that we are not a "ship" that sails but a riverboat on the Red River: However, it was nice reliving the memories. I spent all day online yesterday looking to book another cruise at the end of September as I don't want to take my vacations too close together even though I would leave tomorrow for another one. Thanks again for all of your responses. Melody
  4. Thanks for your responses. One other thing I didn't mention is that I am more of a casual person who would prefer the buffets and the burgers and my girlfriend prefers the atmosphere of the dining rooms. They did sing a bit at formal night but I was listening to our new friend Kristi tell a story and I didn't want to be rude so I missed it a bit. My girlfriend asked me to go to dinner the last night and I really didn't want to go so she went with our new friends and she told me when she got back to the stateroom that it took everything for her not to cry at dinner. They were singing "goodbye, farewell,etc.." and she about broke down. Makes me wish I would have gone with her....
  5. I sat on the balcony the last night of our cruise and first of all thanked God for all the wonderful memories that we will forever have etched in our minds for this short but wonderful week of our lives. A lot of people never experience this, ever, but we did and for that I am grateful. Then I cried, because I didn't want it to end. Some of the reasons why I cried were because: We were on the lido deck on the 15th of April (my girlfriend's birthday) and we asked this couple to take a picture of us. They were there with their son (4) who they adopted from Russia when he was 6 months old. Getting to know them really made an indention in our hearts. You really don't realize that you can make some really good friends on a week long cruise, but we did. I know a lot of people don't like Jamaica but we had a great experience there. We had planned to go to Dunn's River Falls but we missed the excursion and instead ended up going along with 6 other people white water rafting. When we first got there my impression was not the greatest because I was expecting "new" equipment, etc..our guide Mackel made all the difference for us. He was the best-he answered every and any question I had for him with a smile and a "yeah, mon". He worked his butt off everytime our raft got "stuck". He explained the economy and such in Jamaica after many questions from my inquiring mind. These people are really poor in this country. He did do something special for us at the end of the excursion that none of the other people with us got. Just my and my girlfriend's raft. He used limestone and washed our feet-basically scrubbed the callouses off of them. He was great for this. We tipped him $20 and had I not lost so much money in the casino I would have given him more. He was a blessing to us. Another thing that I will always remember. While we were docked in Jamaica I got into the bed and all of a sudden I felt like someone was in the next room playing drums. I went back on the balcony and there were about 17 kids in a marching band. I saw one lady a few balconies over calling the young kid over and she threw something down to him about 50 feet. I thought It was a piece of paper but it was money. Everyone started throwing down money and change and these kids would pick it up. It is something I will never forget. I will never forget the karaoke, the shows, the endless food, all of it. Today I am blue because I miss it already. Our experience was awesome and I'm realizing that we didn't see the half of what there is to see. I am dreaming of our next cruise and holding these memories that I will never forget.
  6. When we first got on the ship I was so excited to get to the balcony and then I realized that they were smaller than what I expected and I was a little bit disappointed BUT I have to say the balcony did it for me. Talk about peaceful. There is nothing like it, in my opinion. We smoked cigarettes, drank coke, liquor, wine, and coffee and ordered room service and ate on the balcony almost every day that we were there. One of my most memorable moments on the balcony was right before we were pulling out of Jamaica they ha d a band with about 17 young kids and they were really good. People were throwing them money, dollar bills and change. And the kids loved it. My first dollar ended up in the water but I threw another one that made it and then some change. That was awesome. Then the bird ended up in my bathroom right as I was getting in the shower it flew out of one of the spaces in the bathroom, like where you keep the toilet paper. It scared the hell out of me and my girlfriend got it out for me. I think it had a broken wing. So sad. We did keep our balcony door open every night that we were there with one of the chairs, no real need for a bungee cord, I guess. Nothing like listening to the ocean, nothing. On the last night we went out and did our normal routine before going to bed and I cried. I mean, I felt like I was leaving family and friends. Our experience with a balcony was wonderful and our experience with the cruise (Conquest) was wonderful. We just got back yesterday and loved every minute of it. Melody
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