Just back from our wedding at Beaches Boscobel...What a wonderful and professional person Dalton is. He is kind, caring, and very smart. (He was our wedding coordinator.)
First off, we will never fly Air Jamaica again. EVER. No one will ever believe me, but my in-laws paid for 23 seats on the return flight, and they were BUMPED. The staff at Air Jamaica were as cold as dead snakes.
Those of us who were not bumped could not sit together. We were treated like it was par for the course to be bumped and seated apart.(Maybe it is-but his parents had purchased 23 seats!)
We were inconsolable thinking about his 70+ parents being bumped after Paying for all of us. They were not offered ANYTHING from Air Jamaica.
Once on the flight, several of us passengers got together and figured out the mess Air Jamaica had created. We were told by a stewardess that she would help try to sit us together. She never came back.
We soon discovered that Air Jamaica had salt and peppered several groups of people traveling together, breaking them apart with no rhyme or reason. I swear this sounds paranoid but the way we were treated I think they did it just to upset people and then gloat at them.
I sat down in the first row and my husband went all the way to the back of the plane. I have some fears of flying and sat there in disbelief that I was forfeiting three hours of conversation with him.(He works 80 hours a week at home.) My amazing new husband worked it out and after playing musical seats with another group each of us could sit with our loved ones! It was great!!
Every employee at Air Jamaica ignored us, rolled their eyes and acted like we were asking for the moon. We only tried to use common sense and say, "Why am I seated in the middle seat between two strangers? We can move them and my husband and I can sit together..."
When I said to a particularly nasty check-in clerk that my new parents had made the reservations a year in advance, She shouted "WHAT did she just SAY to me???" stopping all her fellow clerks behind the counter in their tracks. I said it matter-of factly, and she reacted as if I had just called her the worst name in the book.
If you can take any other airline PLEASE, PLEASE do. Both flights took forever for the drinks, (You do not get the entire can of soda). My niece was dying of thirst from the LONG lines and no AC at the airport, they served the drinks a good 15 minutes AFTER the food.)She told me she was thirsty and THEN ate a dry biscuit and still had to wait 10 minutes more. (Our water was long gone from standing in line at the airport.)
Once the food is served, the trash is not cleared for at least an hour. I had to go to the bathroom, but felt "trapped" with no where to put the trash. I saw several desperate moms finally carrying thier trash and trays back themselves.
Later in the flight I saw the flight attendents sitting in the back of the plane reading the paper!!! It was shameful. I understand Jamaica is a developing country, but Air Jamaica is doing just fine charging standard fares for sub-standard service! When the plane landed, the flight attendants stood there with the captain waiting to be thanked. I was proud of my husband because he would not even look at them, while I meekly said "Thanks" because I felt at least the captain had flown us home.
Ok, now about Beaches Boscobel. It was fine. I actually love cats, they are just trying to survive and I have lived in warm climates where there are feral cats. They are cute, do not bother you and I feel bad they have no one to take care of them. There were only about three of them and I wanted to take them home.
The food is very good. You can find something for everyone. I loved the homeade omelletes and poached eggs with salmon on toast. Plenty of fruit. It is definately not Fodor's 5 star, but there is a huge variety and it is all cut-up and served and you don't have to cook, so it is very nice.The lettuce and salad ingredients were EXCELLENT. Very fresh and not one soggy miscolored leaf to be found. I am very picky about salad. I ate a ton of palm hearts.
Surprisingly, some of the fish was not as fresh as it should be, shrimp was overcooked. We were dumbfounded as to why the fish was not fresh on an island. The fish of the day sandwich was always fresh and excellent at The BBQ stand. Eleanor's and The Venetian were delicious.
Some of the cakes are dry, but we figured most tropical climes do not focus on pastry, so it is not an area of expertise. The BREAD Pudding at Bayside is to die for. If you are critical about everything, eat at the venetian or Eleanor's instead of Bayside. Also-check out the kids dining area, my husband and new dad always checked it out and got waffles, curly fries and ice cream there.
Get up early and save your seats at the pool. 6:30-7am is early enough. For PRIME location get up at 6-6:30. It is beautiful to watch the sunrise. I loved drinking dirty bananas (daquiris) by the pool.
The pool bar makes excellent drinks-rum cream in the daquiris. My friends were drinking Miami Vices-red white and blue STRONG pina coladas!
Also get up and be by the water sports stand by 8:30am. You must sign up a few days BEFORE you snorkel etc. You should be warned that some groups will send one person down to sign up a ton of people. One woman signed up 23 people and filled up the whole am snorkeling. It was unfair, because she sat there and never told those of us waiting in line, "Hey, I am signing up the whole slot..." I do not think management should allow it.
Like other people have said, get to know the people. I talked to everyone. Be friendly. They are living in an impoverished country and working hard. Their pay is a pittance. Our housekeeper, Feany, was so sweet when I went into the room one day. She was in the midst of scrubbing the toilet-REALLY SCRUBBING!She asked if I was having a fun timeand meant it. I felt so bad because the maids worked really hard-in paradise.
That is another thing, we went into Ochi and even in the KFC in the heart of town the bathrooms were CLEAN. It was a shock-MUCH cleaner than US bathrooms. Every bathroom I went into in Jamaica was clean.
Beware of the Beaches photographers. They take nice shots but wedding photos are $20. EACH and resort photos are $15. or 3 for $40. Several people were shocked and walked out of the photo hut when they found out the price. They will grab you and your kids and pose you. I was telling the woman in the photo hut which photos I wanted, and she said, "Tell me the photos you DON"T want..." In a cruel tone. It was BS.
We did Dolphin cove and Shaw Park Garden-a beautiful place that was like heaven on Earth. Just beware of the cabbies. We were paying $40US here to there- until my friends at the resort told us they arranged for a cabbie to take them around town for $15US a head to several locations. I would not reccomend going through the resort for every activity. It is very convenient, but you can hire your own cab and negotiate, and then you do not have to go on the 3 hour shopping schedule. Stay out of Ochi after dark unless you are with a group or tour. Service at Margaritaville was TERRIBLE. We basically got one drink that took 30 minutes to arrive, and we had to remind the waiter. We would never go back there. But the shops near Margaritaville are wonderful, especially the smoke and rum shop.(forget the name- something trader)Good price on rum! We ate at The RUINS- Excellent, fresh and great service-authentic Chinese food!
Our wedding at Beaches was so beautiful thanks to Dalton. We had the wedding on the pier, a private cocktail reception in the Piano bar, and dinner on the beach. The weather was just absolutely perfect and we had a full moon. YES, we had to pay separately for the reception and dinner. We were upset about it at first,(Because all 30 guests were staying at the resort for 7 days) but it turned out so lovely that I could not even imagine anything to top it. I will always be grateful to Dalton.
Ok and now about the ride to Ochi: It is terrible. I tolerated it, but one reson it is so terrible is that you are told it takes anywhere from one to 2 hours depending on traffic. One good thing is that there is plenty to look at. You see all the little villages along the way. Some of the poverty is appalling, and some little towns look so cute and sweet. We stopped at a rest stop and I had a delicious jerk chicken sandwich. I wanted to stop more, and if I could go back, I would hire a cab to just drive me down toward Ochi and stop at some ceramic shops and fruit stands along the way.
MAKE SURE YOUR CABBIE IS ON TIME when you are headed to the airport. My parents cabbie was late and stopped to pick up others which made him later. He then drove at breakneck speed. Our cabbie (busdriver) was as slow as molasses in January. We were late for our flight since Air Jamaica boards early and makes you sit on the plane.
All in all, we would go back, maybe stay in Montego Bay and would NOT fly Air Jamaica!
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