Post # 1
Does any one have travel tips?I’ve never been out of the U.S., and am working on getting my and FI’s passports in order, first, while ‘talking’ to TripGuy (they seemed well reviewed fro other brides on here), but I didn’t know about things like:
- Will my cell phone work in Jamaica? Is that roaming? Should I buy a track phone for the trip?
- Do I need any outlet adapters, or are they the same as the U.S.?
- Can I just stick to U.S. currency or should I be planning to convert anything to their monetary demonimations?
Any information is appreicated – thanks!
Post # 2
We didn’t use the phone function of our phones while in Jamaica (Tower Isle for us). We used the wifi functions as they were free. We sent app messages and emails to family and Skyped twice. You don’t need adapters or Jamaican currency unless you just want to. Also, Couples resorts doesn’t allow you to tip their personal employees so you will only need to tip people at the airport or during excursions. I highly recommend looking into Club MoBay at the airport if you haven’t. Some people say it was a waste of money for them, but if your plane is scheduled to arrive at the same time as multiple other planes then it’s totally worth it. It kept us from waiting 2 hours in Customs. It’s also nice having someone waiting to guide you as soon as you get off the plane. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Post # 3
Check with your carrier to find out about your phone, many carriers have some type of international plan. I usually text when I’m there, its free with my carrier. At the airport there are phones you can rent if you think you really need to. I would change some money, it makes it easier if you want to buy something, you won’t have to stand their doing calculations in your head or get short changed. Have fun!
Post # 4
Thank you 🙂 I wanted to be able to “Social Media” friends and family since we’re eloping, and send them photos and such with my phone/ipad. If WiFi works, that’s good 🙂 Fiance has traveled less than I have, and I’ve only been on a plane once, and that was just here in the States. I just want to be able to plan ahead.
FutureMrsBex – how would I learn about ClubMoBay? Is this a place you wait for the bus to your hotel, and then back to the plane on the way home? Did you use a travel agent and would I ask this of my contact Mitch at TripGuy? How DOES the transfer to the hotel work? Do you get to see your luggage loaded onto the bus? I’m a little worried about checking luggage, and plan on taking as much as I can in a carry on, like my dress.
I’m sorry, very much a over here both with the whole getting married (was on the waiting board a looooonnnnnngggg time, and everyone else had big family or medium family weddings with moms and such to help – trying to do this solo so FI’s mom won’t get mopey we’re not getting married in her living room, and most of my family is gone) AND with travel more than a 4 hours drive away.
We just figure that since I have no family, and FI’s has had the big wedding for his sister and the hometown for his brother, and also his parents are house-bound because of health, (and we’re the only ones who try to help get them moving for other people’s events so there’d be no one to take care of them on our wedding day), that eloping is the best way for us to feel justified in a trip like this, to avoid a lot of the invitation and venue issues, and frankly after pricing a small wedding here, it costs almost the same to elope at Swept Away AND get a honeymoon.
Post # 5
Not really what you wanted but I have read that it is bathing suit top optional there… Idk how you feel about that.
Post # 6
Yes Club MoBay is a waiting lounge that has complimentary drinks (alcohol too) and snacks. They meet you literally at the gate with a sign and take you through everything including getting your bags and through customs. We hadn’t travelled internationally before so it was a huge stress relief knowing we’d be taken care of. We purchased ours straight through Couples, but you can purchase it straight through their website or a travel agent. As far as the transfer you’ll check in at the Couples Lounge at the airport and they’ll come get you when your bus arrives. Even if you don’t use Club MoBay you’ll be taken care of by the people in the Couples lounge the minute you get there. I encourage you to read the message boards on the Couples website if you havent already. Its a great source of information and helped me feel like I knew what to expect every step along the way.
Post # 7
cahrmmykitty – lol – thanks – I know at Tower Isle there is a cloting optioanl island – I think at Swept Away tops will be worn – I will wear mine regardless
FutureMrsBEx – thanks – I foudn that message board a while back and forgot about it. I’ll see if I can glean more info.
Thanks for the reponses 🙂 Lemme see if we can get enough saved up, and hpefully this week next year I’ll be working on my tan (with tan lines) and a new ring on my hand 🙂