I want to start by saying Phil is a very nice man and we felt very safe and comfortable with him. I was also impressed that he personally called me back after I e-mailed his company and that he was our tour driver.
However, I was very specific when I spoke to him and e-mailed him about what I wanted to see and do. There was a group of 8 of us, I had thought it was going to be just us on the tour since he was willing to customize it to what I wanted. Not so, it was us along with 2 other couples. We were told to get off the ship ASAP which we did. We sat waiting in the parking area for one of the couples and then he said we were going to wait for an additional couple, well this seemed like forever, but was probably about 30 - 40 mins. But, when all the other tour buses leave and you are still there in the parking lot and your 4 hour tour time is ticking away you get alittle upset. He then decided to leave without the additional couple, thankfully.
Our first stop was to Dunns River which was great and then I asked to stop at a beach which we did for 30 mins. I had also told Phil in our phone conversation and e-mail we wanted to make local stops like I had read in reviews, fruit stand to try coconut, have some jerk chicken, see the real Jamaica. I wanted to make a stop to get Blue Mountain Coffee.
None of that happened, the other couple in the bus had booked tubing as well with him, we did not want to go tubing. Well, he drives through a ghetto, which he called The Projects, to bring them to the tubing spot. He then insists we get out of the bus to look at the tubing area, I did not want to waste any more of my tour time, but as I said he insisted we ALL get out of the bus.
While they were tubing he brought us through an upscaled neighborhood to show us the houses. They are the same houses we have here in my town, but he needed to kill time to go and pick up the couple tubing. I tell him while we are driving that I had wanted to stop for coffee, coconut, etc.. he told me if I see some place let him know and he will stop. Sitting towards the back of the large tour bus/van it is kind of hard to see out the window as you are speeding by.
We go back to pick up tubing couple and then that was it, we went back to the port. He would have stopped at a shopping area right outside the port, but I was concerned since we did not have much time left before the ship was scheduled to leave.
We never got to try Jerk Chicken or fresh coconut and I never bought Blue Mountain Coffee like I had wanted. I was very disappointed with his tour. You can't offer someone a 4 hour tour, tell them you will customise it to what they want and then take other people with you that want to do other things. He gave us a great City tour from the van and was very informative, but that's not what I asked for.
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