Located along the northwest coast of Jamaica, it is one of the most important cities of the island; it is thought that Christopher Columbus anchored his ships here in 1494 when he “discovered” Jamaica on his way from Cuba; he called the new country Santiago.
The lively city centre is dominated by Gloucester Avenue, the main street or “Hip Strip”, where tourists and locals stroll and investigate different bars; in the centre, one can also admire the St. James Parish Church, an 18th century religious building in Georgian style surrounded by a lush tropical garden.
Along the same street, there are also the Court House and the colourful Craft Market: it is impossible to leave without buying a souvenir from at least one of the different stands full of local crafts, from clothes to woven straw hats and jewellery.
An MSC excursion will take you to the “Land of Wood and Water”: encountering breath-taking views, you will float pleasantly on wooden rafts along Marta Brae, a river with emerald-coloured waters. Your voyage to the Caribbean with MSC Cruises will also introduce you to the history and the culture of Montego Bay on board a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Must-sees: the Doctor’s Cave, perhaps the most famous beach of these shores, and the beaches of Walter Fletcher, Gloucester Avenue and Cornwall.
A cruise to Jamaica also means encountering black magic and ancient legends. An excursion will take you to the meandering halls of Rose Hall Great House: it is said that the house is haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, the White Which of Rose Hall, who owned the abode and was guilty of murdering her four husbands and numerous slaves working on the surrounding sugar plantation.