Jamaica Culinary Tours

Jamaica Culinary Tours offers an amazing Falmouth shore excursion. They pick you up inside the pier area and show you a slice of the real Jamaica.

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Falmouth cruise pier. I mentioned that I wouldn’t want to go outside it on my own again. However, that doesn’t mean you should stay there. I wanted the kids to have an authentic slice of Jamaican culture. However, Royal Caribbean didn’t offer a Falmouth shore excursion which interested me. We made a private booking with Jamaica Culinary Tours instead. Our experience was amazing, and I was thrilled to experience this authentic slice of Jamaican culture.

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Falmouth cruise pier

The Falmouth cruise pier in Jamaica is not an authentic slice of the Jamaican experience. It is, however, a beautiful place to shop, eat, and get a brief taste of local culture. Try the beef patty!

When I cruise, I like to get an authentic slice of local culture. For example, we went on a local culinary tour in Falmouth in July 2019. However, some folks also cruise for relaxation and the comfort of something familiar. If that is you, the Falmouth cruise pier is a great way to spend the day. It is clean, safe, and presents a ton of options for dining and shopping. There is even a local crafts market and a taste of the local cuisine.

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Lunch in Grand Cayman

Cayman Cabana is an excellent lunch choice near the cruise pier in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Turn left on N. Church Street from the cruise pier and walk about a block past a beach.

Earlier this week, I wrote that we enjoyed our beach day at Royal Palms Beach Club. The atmosphere was high energy, and the food looked great. However, we wanted a quieter lunch with a more local feel. We wound up at Cayman Cabana right by the cruise pier. They offered local dishes with outdoor seating and gorgeous views. I highly recommend it for lunch in Grand Cayman.

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Royal Palms Beach Club shore excursion

The Royal Palms Beach Club in Grand Cayman is a great, high-energy shore excursion.

Every cruise, I love to take a low-key day to relax on the beach. My favorite spot for that is Maya Chan. This cruise, however, didn’t take us that way. When we went to Grand Cayman this Summer, we booked a day at the Royal Palms Beach Club (RPBC). It wasn’t quiet and relaxing by any means. Instead, it was a high energy day on a beautiful section of beach. If that’s what you are looking for in a shore excursion, this is a great option for you.

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Great Stirrup Cay review

One of the beaches at Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.

One of the things I like about cruises is a beach day. Every time I cruise, I take at least one day where I sit on the beach, swim a little, and just relax. On my cruise to Cuba last month, I got to do that at Great Stirrup Cay (GSC). GSC (link provides video of the island) is Norwegian Cruise Line‘s (NCL) private island in the Bahamas, and it is amazing. While it doesn’t offer the relaxed vibe of a place like Maya Chan, it still presents plenty of great options. The opportunities range from the relaxing to the (middle-aged fat man version of) high adventure. In this Great Stirrup Cay review, I walk you through the flaws of GSC, what there is to do, what there is to eat, and what bar service is like. Continue reading “Great Stirrup Cay review”