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Riu Is Upgrading Two More Caribbean Hotels

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Spanish hotel giant Riu is planning more renovations in the Caribbean, the company said this week. That will include two properties: the Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and the Riu Ocho …

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Expedia: Montego Bay Demand Is Surging

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s Montego Bay is seeing a huge surge in travel demand, according to new data provided to Caribbean Journal by Expedia. The destination recorded growth of nearly 40 percent in package demand in the third …

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How to Have an Overwater Wedding in Jamaica

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Dreamed of a stay in an overwater bungalow? How about an overwater wedding? Sandals has made another addition to its growing portfolio of overwater experiences in the Caribbean, this time with a new over-the-water chapel at …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Alain Déry, who sent in this beautiful shot of the beach at Mammee Bay near Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Have you taken a great photo in …

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 Ocho Rios has long been one of the best destinations in Jamaica for travelers willing to journey the extra mile, and that’s still the case today. Ocho Rios, which means “eight rivers” in Spanish, is a fascinating enclave of Jamaica …

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 By Bob CurleyCJ Contributor Negril may not be Jamaica’s hippy hangout like it was back in the 1970s, but it still retains a mellow vibe that’s a nice departure from the more in-your-face tourism towns of Montego Bay and Ocho …

norwegian breakaway

 By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that New Orleans will be the new homeport for its Norwegian Breakaway ship. The 4,000-passenger ship will spend its winter 2018-2019 season sailing out of New Orleans to the Caribbean, …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor On our travels to Jamaica we’ve sampled all manner of culinary delights, from world-class sushi in a fancy Kingston restaurant to a “secret” and sumptuous breakfast buffet in Port Antonio and flavorful Indian dinner in …

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 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Club Med may have invented the all-inclusive vacation, but Jamaican hotelier Abe Issa introduced the model to the Caribbean when he rebranded his 1949-built Tower Isle Hotel as Couples Ocho Rios back in 1978 and …

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 Headed to Jamaica? If you’ve already seen the sunset in Negril and soaked up the rays on Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, why not spend a few days in Ocho Rios? The north coast hotspot has long been a …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor The best Caribbean ports don’t just give you a sample of the culture of the larger destination, they also provide worthy “shopportunities” at every price point. So if you want a tangible reminder of the …

 The traditional all inclusive Caribbean vacation is compelling — the beach, the food, the drinks, the rooms, all in one package, removing the need for ever pulling out your wallet. But what if you want to take that to the next …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Between the greens fees, club membership, cart rental and the clubs themselves, golfing can be an expensive sport. So it’s no surprise that when golfers go to the Caribbean they’re not just looking for challenging …

 Jamaica is planning just over $30 million USD in new construction and renovations on tourism infrastructure in Ocho Rios. The projects include a major upgrade of Ocho Rios’ Reynolds Pier to enable the facility to accommodate cruise ships. That will …

Carnival Journeys

 Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its Carnival Journeys “enrichment” cruise series with a host of new 12- to 14-day voyages departing from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico in 2018 and 2019. The new voyages are …

Expedia Caribbean

 Global travel giant Expedia has been growing significantly in the Caribbean, and it looks like that will continue in the next few years. To learn more about the company’s plans for what it says is a “thriving” market, Caribbean Journal …

Carnival Vista

 Carnival Vista has arrived in PortMiami to begin year-round Caribbean cruises. Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista, will be sailing a year-round schedule of six and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean. The new ship includes features like …

 Norwegian Epic, one of the company’s largest ships, has arrived in Port Canaveral for the winter season. Epic will be sailing a series of Eastern and Western Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries ranging from three, four, six and seven days. The …