About Montego Bay

Located on Jamaica's northwest coast is the islands most popular resort. Montego Bay or 'Mo' Bay' as the relaxed locals call it, offers everything from great beaches to duty free shopping, and it is also your gateway to historical and natural attractions further afield.

A Spanish colony in the 1500's and a primary sugar port during the epoch of slavery in the 17th and 18th century, it has an interesting past. Visit one of the colonial houses such as Rose Hall. Formerly the home of Annie Palmer, known as the 'White Witch of Rose Hall', this plantation house still evokes memories of her monstrous reign as mistress.

If you are looking for beautiful white sands, head to one of the best spots in town, Doctor's Cave Beach. With its clear turquoise waters and surrounding landscape of picturesque low mountains, it is a real sun seekers paradise. Alternatively, glide down the miles of flourishing forest on a raft ride down the Martha Brae River.


Shore excursions in Montego Bay

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

4x4 Adventure

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

The best way to see the island of Jamaica is by 4x4. Experience the heart of this beautiful island and its many natural treasures.

Enjoy the thrilling, bumpy off-road adventure through the interior of the island, stopping on the way to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the countryside and over Montego Bay.

Your drive will cut between 2 mountains and visit important properties rich in history dating back to the 18th century. See old sugar factories, cut through farmland and bounce down narrow jungle tracks enjoying the flora and fauna along the way.

In the heart of the jungle you’ll take a walk to the beautiful waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool river.

During the tour, you’ll be offered refreshments of rum punch, fruit punch or water to quench your thirst.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 and on foot. Pregnant women and children under 6 years of age may not participate. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. There will be some walking over uneven ground. It is essential to wear flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes. Passengers are reminded to take swimwear, a towel and protection from the sun. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Appleton Rum Experience

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2¾ hours

Visit the famous Appleton Estate rum Seminar for an insight into the rum making process and taste some of the world finest rums.

Tucked among the green trees, overlooking the blue Rois Lagoon is the Appleton Rum Seminar in Falmouth. Here you will learn to be a rum historian, distiller, and connoisseur in one session. Rum-punch in hand, your guide will lead you through the fascinating storyboards, explaining how sugarcane is magically transformed into golden Appleton rum. The magical process involves growing, pressing, distilling, blending, and aging the sweet sugar-water into the most heavenly spirits man has ever sipped.

Appleton rum of St. Elizabeth Parish is part of Jamaican history. Dating back to 1749, it is the oldest distillery on the island, producing some of the finest rum in the world. Your education in rum production completed, now you will learn to serve as a professional rum taster. You will learn you how to distinguish between the 'Signature Blend' (aged 4 years); 'Reserve Blend' (aged 6 years); and 'Rare Blend' (aged 12 years). Apply all your senses as you compare the amber shades, inhale the subtle bouquet, and taste the fruity oak-barrel flavours.

Afterwards, you’ll have time to visit the gift shop where you can find a small selection of Appleton rum and souvenirs of your time in Jamaica.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Children under 18 cannot participate. There is approximately 20 minutes of walking on this tour. The Tasting and seminar is indoors.

ATV Adventure

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the natural beauty and rugged terrain of Jamaica on a self-drive, all terrain vehicle.

A short drive will take you to Sandy Bay Ranch, where upon arrival, you’ll receive a safety briefing before mounting your All Terrain Vehicle.

You’ll set off with your guide for an exhilarating ride through rugged terrain, nestled in the parish of Hanover. Your journey will enable you to capture some of Jamaica’s natural beauty and enjoy the natural flora and fauna. A short stop will be made at a look out point, where you’ll be offered a cooling drink of water. Afterwards, you’ll ride back to Sandy Bay Ranch for the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and ATV. Pregnant women and those under 18 may not participate. A full clean driving licence is required. Passengers must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. This tour is sold one bike per person, pillion passengers are not allowed. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. There is a weight limit of 19 stone on this tour. It is essential to wear long trousers and flat, comfortable closed toe shoes. Passengers are advised to take sunscreen. A back-pack style bag is advisable.

Blue Waters Beach Break

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

If it’s just time on the beach you’re looking for, then this simple transfer to Blue Waters Beach club is the perfect option.

Blue Waters Beach Club is paradise, known for its dramatic sunsets, silky white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Setting off from the port of Montego Bay, you’ll take a bus transfer through the city to Blue Waters Beach in Falmouth.

Soak up the Caribbean sun and relax in an atmosphere that is totally Caribbean. The natural attributes of this phenomenal beach are alluring to the soul. A beach chair and wifi are at your disposal. Dance to the rhythms of Jamaica and international music, join in the fun and games from a local DJ and win prizes!

After your stay, you’ll meet back with your driver at the agreed time for the return transfer to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There are toilet and changing facilities available on the beach. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase and US Dollar currency is required. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Umbrellas are not included but are available for hire, subject to availability. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and may become busy.

Canopy Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Swing through the trees and feel the rush and exhilaration as you whizz through the forest’s canopy.

Enjoy a scenic drive to the canopy base, whereupon arrival you’ll take a brisk walk up to the briefing area and diving board where the traversing adventure begins. You’re attached to the first traverse and depart under the roots of an immense strangler fig tree for a flight across the lagoon.

Your tour continues with additional traverses coupled with intermittent nature walks. Each traverse and platform is unique with colourful names such as ‘Limestone Cliff’, ‘Threesome Stop’ and the highlight of the tour, the ‘Inter-parish Express’ (over 1,000 feet long). Hear and see the rushing waters below as you whizz up to 35 miles an hour across springs, the Great River and a 150-year-old dam.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus, zip-wire and on foot. Lockers are available to rent for $5. Pregnant women and children under 6 may not participate. The journey time each way is approximately 45 minutes. There is a weight restriction of 19 stone on this tour. Participants should wear full-length trousers and a top that can be tucked in at the waist; clothes are likely to get dirty and may get damaged. Boots or trainers with good support for the foot are required; open shoes should not be worn. Participants with long hair should tie it back and all jewellery should be removed and left on board to avoid injury, damage and/or loss.

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