Your transportation will pick you up
right at the cruise ship terminal where your friendly guide will greet you and
get your excursion started. As you are traveling through the countryside your informative
guide will be giving you information and entertaining stories about the area.
The transport will take you back to your cruise ship pier .
When you reach the rafting base, you will get on board your 30ft. bamboo raft and meet your Jamaican
captain who will pole the raft down the river Huck Finn style. The rafting trip down this 3-mile stretch of the well-known
Martha Brae is one of the most exhilarating in Jamaica. The journey takes about
90 minutes. The upper reaches tumble at a good pace before slowing farther down
river where you stop at "Tarzan's Corner" for a swing and a swim in a
Each raft only holds 2 passengers so overcrowding is never an issue. Bring your
camera as the Martha Brae River has lots to see and to photograph as you pass
through the rainforest.
After the relaxation of the Martha Brae River, return to your bus for the short
ride to the famous Rose Hall Greathouse an outstanding relic of colonial times with a fascinating history of
dark rumour and intrigue. The story of Annie Palmer, the mistress of Rose Hall
Great House, is not easily forgotten! In the 1700s, a woman's route to wealth
and power was usually via marriage, and Annie Palmer was no exception.
Annie was feared by the slaves who lived on and worked the plantation. She ruled with an iron fist, and defiance
or even perceived insolence was answered with public whippings, torture in the
dungeon, or even death. According to local legend, following her untimely
death at the hands of her slave lover, Annie’s restless spirit still roams the
grounds. Accounts of her enduring presence have been featured on the TV
programs “Ghost Hunters International” and World's Scariest Places.
Departing the Rose Hall Great House, a stop will be made at the Shoppes at Rose Hall where local
craft and duty-free items including watches, crystal, Italian handbags, Indian
silks, Jamaican rum, liquors and liqueurs are sol
Martha Brae Rafting
Rafting on the Martha Brae, the islandâ€™s #1 rafting attraction is located approximately three miles inland from the town of Falmouth, birthplace of one of Jamaicaâ€™s former Prime Minister, Hugh Shearer. The attraction is a mere twenty miles from Montego Bay and forty miles from Ocho Rios. The embarkation area, â€œRafterâ€™s Villageâ€, encompasses six acres of beautifully manicured lawns situated on a natural horseshoe island. It offers a fully appointed recreational facility which includes picnic grounds, a full service bar, two souvenir shops, swimming pool and modern restrooms. Before embarking on the tour, guests can also take a stroll through â€œMiss Marthaâ€™s Herb Gardenâ€, a presentation of Jamaicaâ€™s herbs famous for their medicinal and healing properties. Established more than forty years ago, Rafting on the Martha Brae boasts a complement of eighty five licensed and experienced raft captains. Thirty-foot long bamboo rafts are boarded from a concrete pier, under the supervision of a licensed dispatcher. The raft ride is operated over a three mile stretch of the beautiful Martha Brae River and lasts approximately one hour. Once on the raft, guests can learn about â€œThe Legend of Martha Braeâ€ or enjoy an exhilarating swim. T he attraction has over the years played host to a number of celebrities including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, heavy weight champion Lennox Lewis, Chuck Norris, Dionne Warwick, Spike Lee, former NBA star Patrick Ewing, Jane Seymour of â€œDoctor Quinn- Medicine Womanâ€ fame, Kenny Rodgers, the late Johnny Cash and world 100 meter champion Usain Bolt. The disembarkation area Known as â€œMarthaâ€™s Restâ€ houses a souvenir shop, bar, lounge area and restrooms
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