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Travel Photo Thursday: My Ship Has Come In

One of the things I look forward to each week is watching the cruise ships as they pull into Montego Freeport.  On Wednesdays, its usually a ship from Carnival’s fleet. On Thursdays, it’s one from another fleet, like Royal Caribbean or MSC Cruises.

To my surprise today, two Carnival ships, the Conquest, and the Magic – the newest Carnival ship to stop in Montego Bay – have come in. The Magic can accommodate 6,000 – 4,500 passengers and 1,400 crew; the Conquest 2,974 passengers and 1,150 crew.

Carnival Magic and Conquest in Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest, Montego Freeport

One of four cruise ship ports on Jamaica’s north coast, Montego Freeport was built in the 1960s on what was known then as the Bogue Islands. It has berths for 2 cruise ships. Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Falmouth, which opened in 2011, are the other three ports.

Carnival Magic and Conquest in Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest, Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest in Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest, Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest, Montego Freeport

Carnival Magic and Conquest, Montego Freeport

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website!


  1. When we lived in Vancouver I loved the start of the cruise ship season because it meant longer days and summer was around the corner. On a heavy day – like a weekend day we’d see up to 5 sailing for Alaska. It was also interesting if you caught them all lit up sailing back to Vancouver – usually at about 5:30 in the morning.
    Great set of photos and your one at night turned out really well.
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  2. Jackie Smith

    The only thing I like better than watching cruise ships, is being on one!
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  3. Those are huge! … and much prettier at night I think 🙂
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  4. Nice pictures! I love wandering into San Francisco and seeing a cruise ship docked. I have never really cruised but they are such amazing structures. Love the color of the water. . .
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  5. When you see these vessels up close, they resemble large hotels that have fallen on their sides into the water.
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  6. Beautiful shots! I’ve always liked taking pictures of multiple ships in port too during cruise stops. That Carnival Magic ship just looks massive. It’s a little too big for me to cruise on. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a port stop in Jamaica yet but we did visit your beautiful country before we had kids and loved it.
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  7. Cathy Sweeney

    The lights on the ships are so beautiful at night. The size of these ships always amazes me, too. Great shots, Marcia.
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  8. One of these days I will make it onto a cruise ship! Mark my words… 🙂
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  9. Eileen Ludwig

    Lovely opportunity to see the boats come in but sad not to be one them
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  10. Those ships are magnificent! 🙂 I haven’t been on a cruise in ages…
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  11. What a fun view!
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  12. The ships look like giant floating cities at night O_O Wonder if people get lost in there ~

    man, I wish I can go on a cruise right now ~
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  13. I’m sure they do! I got really turned around the first days after I boarded a cruise ship. But there are little maps around and you can always ask a crew member. Thanks for visiting, Annie.

  14. Sure is, Becca!

  15. Yes, they are. I’m always so impressed by their size.
    It’s been a while for me too.

  16. So true, Eileen. They always make me want to get on one too.

  17. You should, Raymond, at least once. It’s quite an experience.

  18. Thanks, Cathy. They’re really beautiful. Each time I see them, I try to imagine how they must look on the open seas.

  19. Thank you, Mary. This is my first multiple ship shot — I was lucky to catch these.
    Hope one of these days you’ll return and bring the kids.

  20. Hahaha, they sure do, Dick!

  21. Thank you, Debbie! You should. I think you’ll enjoy cruising.

  22. Several stories high, in fact, Sabrina and definitely prettier at night.

  23. Definitely, Jackie. Definitely.

  24. Thanks, Leigh. I’ve done a few more — will see if I can create a theme for another TPT.
    I can just imagine how lovely that must have looked. Interesting the signs we use to mark the changing seasons.

  25. I must admit, I’m a bit ambivalent about cruise ships. We were on a cruise last year, and my kids loved every minute of it. I couldn’t help but notice the incredible overabundance of well… everything, though – and thinking this must surely mean enormous amounts of rubbish. I was also quite concerned about working conditions for parts of the crew. I talked to quite a few and some of them didn’t even have a day off work throughout the week. Others hadn’t been able to go home and see their small children in almost a year! If I go on another cruise, I will probably choose a small, simple ship.

    That said, they do look cool, especially at night – almost futuristic, some of them. When we entered the Panama Canal in the wee hours of the morning, the ships looked like structures that had been set down there from another planet 🙂
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  26. I’m quite ambivalent too, Sophie. We also spoke with some of the crew on our ship and heard the same thing. One thing that was also pointed out is that they’re assigned to ships that don’t ply the regions near where they’re from. For example, a Jamaican crew member would work a Mediterranean cruise, and vice versa.
    Before we went, everyone I spoke with talked about the enormous amounts of food that was available on board, and they were right — there was food day and night.
    The best part for us, and I’m sure for parents of small children, is that they had activities for them so the adults didn’t have to think about what to do to keep them occupied and we didn’t hear “I’m bored” once.
    They are pretty cool to see, especially up close. Hahaha, they do look like they could come from another planet!

  27. It’s hard to believe how big these things are!
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  28. Massive. One of these is 13 stories high.

  29. I’ve never been on a cruise ship, so I didn’t really know how big they were until we saw a bunch when we were in Miami. I couldn’t believe how massive they looked! We saw three or four in a row and it was quite an impressive site.
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  30. Matthew Oates says:

    Some great pictures Marcia! I’m very interested in travel myself so these are really interesting. I look forward to reading seeing more of your posts.

  31. Andrew Graeme Gould

    Lovely to see these giant ocean liners come and go!
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  32. They are a marvel of engineering — these giant ocean liners. It’s always interesting to see them.

  33. Thanks, Matthew, and thanks for visiting.

  34. They ware massive. Three or four in a row must have been quite a sight!

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  36. You’re very welcome. And thank you for your comment.
    Good luck with your presentation.