Grand Palladium Resort – Montego Bay Jamaica



Our first port on our Carnival Magic cruise was Montego Bay, Jamaica. Last time we just stayed on the ship because most of the excursions were so far away. This time we decided to venture out a little bit. The all-inclusive excursion at the Grand Palladium resort was only a 30 minute bus ride and it seemed pretty safe. The girls said the bus ride was their favorite part because they got to see goats, dogs and a donkey. Just taking a bus ride would have been a lot cheaper. This excursion was $114.99 per adult and $79.99 per child.


The description was a little misleading. It said there were 4 pools – there were, but they were all connected together so it was really just one giant pool. It also said there was a lazy river. There was no lazy river. The swim-up bar was nice but it was way too crowded, so we just took advantage of the much less crowded land bar. The beach was really pretty, but it was so rocky we decided to just stay at the pool. The information on the website also said that they had many water sport rentals available. We never saw any and someone finally told us that it was about a 20 minute walk on the other side of the resort. We also didn’t see any of the other activities that were mentioned (mini golf, archery, tennis, etc…) They did have some fun activities around the pool though. We got to see a belly flop contest. The lunch buffet was traditional Jamaican food on one side or American food on the other side. We weren’t big fans of the food.


This was one of the four jacuzzi’s in the pool….


So to recap, the place was gorgeous. I spoke to a few people while we were eating lunch and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. I probably would have preferred it as an actual place to stay than as a quick pit stop on our cruise.


Today’s Leopard Print Find: Lucky Women’s Emmie Ballet Flat

The Port at Montego Bay, Jamaica


As I was trying to prepare our itinerary for our next cruise (and after the overwhelming success of my Disney World Dining Tips) I thought it might help some of you to recap the ports and excursions of my last cruise. We took the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

First up…Montego Bay, Jamaica…

The picture above was our view from the ship. It was definitely the prettiest port to look at from afar. After researching every possible excursion on the list we decided to skip Jamaica. I was so disappointed because I’d never been, but every excursion sounded absolutely miserable. Since we were going into Montego Bay instead of Ocho Rios, all of the excursions that we wanted to do involved long bus rides. So instead we decided to just shop at the port.

The port looked kind of like a Greyhound bus stop (in a third world country). I didn’t take any pictures on the inside (apparently I didn’t find anything photo worthy) but it was a square of shops. There were dreadlock hats, t-shirts, artwork, carved wooden statues, etc…
The most exciting things we saw at the port were the musicians playing for us we arrived…
And the band playing for us before we left. People threw money at them from the balconies and decks and they had to run around picking it up.
Due to the fact that I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and my photos aren’t cooperating, I’m going to post Grand Cayman and Cozumel separately.
Today’s Leopard Print Find: Bearington Baby – Luxe Leopard Blanket