After reading many reviews, decided to book Courtney Taylor tour from Falmouth Jamaica for our excursion from Oasis. We had a large group of 14 and many of them said they wanted to book, but in the end, only my husband, son and I did. We were VERY pleased!
Booked the Dunn River Falls/River Tubing Tour. $84 total
During our cruise, several in my group decided they wanted to also go with us on Courtney Taylor after they found out that the same tour with cruise line was going to be additional $40 plus it was not a private tour. Internet was so painfully slow on the ship, we couldn't get it done online. I told them just to come with me to meet Courtney, but they were afraid of not being accommodated so they went with the ship tour. BIG MISTAKE! They had a large bus and had to wait all the time for folks in the group that were lagging behind or not showing up on time.
Transportation - had a private air conditioned van with Marvelous Marvin as our tour guide. He told us all about the area, stopped when we wanted to get something to drink, helped us go to vendors that accepted AMEX, let us change what the tour was doing and when we wanted to do it. No waiting for others in the group to do their thing and no crowded or loud bus!
Dunne Rivers Falls - We got to Dunn Falls early before the big tour groups and had to only wait maybe 5 minutes before our group was walking down to the falls. The rest of our family got there and had to wait 45 minutes in line before their group got down to start the falls. Late comers to their bus and also some kid trying on shoes for about 20 minutes.
We couldn't complete the Falls but did walk up the rest of the way and then sit in the cool water at the top. Our awesome Marvin was waiting for us at the top when we decided to leave. Courtney came by to make sure we had everything we needed - wow!
Tubing - We were able to leave right away and go to the tubing. The river tubing was a GREAT highlight and definitely recommend it. White River (I think) it was gentle and a little bit of "white water" mixed. Had a really good guide and it was just everything we wanted it to be!
Marvin was waiting for us at the end to take us wherever we wanted to go!
Lunch - We went to lunch at Scotchies. GREAT food! My 17 y/o son is a super picky eater but LOVED the jerk chicken and pork. He RAVED about the Festival (special Jamaican fried dough). In fact, he ate at least 5 Festivals. Marvin was so nice! He ordered our food for us so we could just sit and relax at a table. The restaurant knows him well, so we got our food way ahead of all other people who were still waiting even though they had ordered before us.
My sister's group was supposed to go there to eat lunch but someone in the group wasn't feeling well, so they never got to eat there and had to return to the ship.
Shopping - we made the mistake of only bringing our AMEX and not much cash with us. Marvin was able to find shopping that took AMEX and still had good deals. Also, because we were with him, they gave us a cash advance on our AMEX without a charge for it. VERY NICE! Courtney showed up here again, to make sure we had everything we needed - great service!
Next - we had the option of doing additional city tour or beach or anything we wanted, but we were wiped out with the day so far, so we asked if we could just go back and NO problem at all! It was our day to do as we wanted, when we wanted.
Let me say - I highly recommend Courtney Taylor Tours! Can't say enough good things