Jamaica's Makin' Changes
New hotels, cruises, and flights have the spotlight on the Caribbean island
Pulling into Falmouth, Jamaica’s newest port, the 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder cruise ship’s seven-night Western Caribbean route launching from Galveston, Texas, will delight everyone in the family. Once on-shore, track down adventures like climbing Dunn’s River Falls, ziplining through the lush rainforest canopy, or swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
Properties under new management include the 13-villa Trident Hotel, the eight-room Trident Castle, and the Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Villas in Port Antonio. This third-largest port on the island’s northeastern coast is a well-kept secret by Jamaica loyalists who appreciate its rich culture and lack of an international airport. Karisma Hotels & Resorts (a big player on Mexico’s Riviera Maya) debuted on Jamaica’s scene with the opening of their 128-room, all-inclusive Seashore Bay Beach Resort in Negril. Also, the guest rooms, restaurants, pools, and public areas at the 266-room Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort (formerly Breezes Runaway Bay) underwent a multimillion dollar renovation; and, the completion of Riu Palace in Montego Bay is scheduled for before the year’s end.