Vacation Sagas

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Pre-Cruise / Galveston At Sea Cozumel, Mexico George Town, Grand Cayman Falmouth, Jamaica At Sea /

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One Love

One Love, One Heart
Let's get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One Love)
So shall it be in the end (One Heart)
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right
Thursday, February 23, 2012 Falmouth, Jamaica - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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When Royal Caribbean built their latest super mega ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, they needed some Western Caribbean ports that could accommodate them. One way to accomplish this was to partner with the Port Authority of Jamaica, to build a port that would deliver their shared vision for Falmouth, Jamaica's rebirth. Together, they brought the town's historic sites to life and integrated the culture and authenticity of this destination into a superior guest experience.

Once complete, the port's master plan will have 120,000 square feet of retail shopping and two berths capable of servicing the line's Oasis-class ships. Located on the island's North side between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Most tours and excursions currently offered at either port are available from Falmouth.

The port opened in February 2011, but they are still working on the shopping plaza that offers cigars, liquor, and jewels, among other bargains.

Falmouth, Jamaica

Cindy and I did some "mostly looking" shopping before we hopped on a tram for a short trip around the city. There was a drastic difference between the newness of the port plaza and the ramshackle homes just outside it's gate. To say the least, it was depressing. I only took photos of some of the nicer places. The churches were in the best shape.

When we returned to the new dockside shopping plaza, I purchased some Cuban cigars for John, David, and Don, whose pasttime was smoking on the balcony of the Royal Suite. Cuban cigars aren't illegal in Jamaica or on the ship, so all they had to do was smoke them before we went home. Apparently I did a good job picking out a brand that fit within my budget.

Falmouth, Jamaica Falmouth, Jamaica Falmouth, Jamaica
Falmouth, Jamaica Falmouth, Jamaica Falmouth, Jamaica

When you cruise several times on the same cruise line, you start to build up points toward some little perks. For Royal Caribbean, you become a member of the Crown and Anchor Society and you get a booklet of discount coupons for some of the things onboard that cost extra. One of those coupons was for Johnny Rocket's, a '50s style soda fountain and burger joint. My coupon was buy one milkshake and get one free. Anyone who knows me, knows I wouldn't pass that one up. So Cindy and I went. She got a chocolate malt and mine was a vanilla milk shake.

There are small jukeboxs at the tables where one could play great oldies. When certain songs played, the "soda jerks" came out front and danced. This time it was to "YMCA."

Johnny Rocket's Johnny Rocket's

Have you noticed that we do a lot of eating? You can't help it when you're on a cruise. And since everyone went their own way, I don't have photos of where they went or what they did. If I had to guess, John, Bruce, David, and Don found a convenient bar. But, almost every night we met up at dinnertime.

Tina and Manny Chris and Crystal Page and Bruce
Tina and Manny. Chris and Crystal. Page and Bruce.
Bonney and Cindy David, John, and Bonney Don and Priscilla
Bonney and Cindy. David, John, and Bonney. Don and Priscilla.
Jody and David Our waiter Bharat
Jody and David. Our waiter Bharat.
Pre-Cruise / Galveston At Sea Cozumel, Mexico George Town, Grand Cayman Falmouth, Jamaica At Sea /

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