Words by Tishanna Williams
Photos by Martei Korley

You can’t be a reggae or Jamaican music connoisseur and not have the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise on your bucket list. Since its inception four years ago, it’s become one of the best attended Caribbean cruise events. Tickets sell out in days, or even hours. Once you get there, though, it’s hard not to OD on the constant activities and overall experience. Just ask our girl, Rochel…

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

The best way to start is by grabbing a program and a quick relax in your comfy room. Trust, it may be the only rest you get once the ship starts reggae rockin!

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Sun sets and it’s time for the first bashment. No bougie vibes for our girl, please! Shorts and heels, what better to wear as you prepare to rock out and bruk out ’til you tap out.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Jamrock is the perfect opportunity to get up close to a plethora of legendary artists in a single week. Mr Vegas electrified the audience, blazing through his vast catalogue of dancehall anthems.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Basking… Sometimes you need to take it all in to realize, you’re finally here, at Jamrock.

Falmouth, Jamaica

Jamrock is not entirely about the party. The ship docks at Ocho Rios and Falmouth, and you cannot miss the island sights. St. Mary is in the northeast of Jamaica and although it is one of the smaller parishes, it embodies the Jamaican saying ‘likkle buh tallawah.” From James Bond creator Ian Fleming calling it home in the 1940’s, to its capital, Port Maria, being the site of one of the island’s bloodiest rebellions in 1760, there’s a lot of history to explore.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

“Style a Style, some bwoy cyah ketch it.” Crochet wear is perfect for the Caribbean weather. Long ago, the techniques were passed down from generation to generation and, though, commercially, machines have taken over, ask some of the older women you meet along the way, you’ll hear stories of sitting down with pieces of thread and needles learning at a grandmother’s feet.

Little Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

Who visits Jamaica and doesn’t head for some healing river wata?

Little Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

OCHO RIOS! Tourists go to Dunn’s River Falls, which was famously featured in the James Bond film, Dr. No. Jamrockers go to the real Jamaican spot, Little Dunn’s River Falls, and soak up where the sea and the rivers become one.

Little Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

What do models do when they get a great photographer and a great backdrop? Pose!

Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Rochel takes a quick picture with a couple of the Jamrock cruise organizers: John and Tanya are part of the artist and media management teams and put in a great deal of work to make it all possible.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Back on the ship to head over to the Sky Pad. All that pent-up energy is still jumping around. Thank God, there’s bungee jumping on deck to let it out.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Evening cooldowns are just different in Jamaica, especially when you’re rolling with Jamrock.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Trainers and water slides: What else could a girl want?

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

An on-deck track? With all-you-can-eat buffets on this cruise, it makes a lot of sense.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

JA meets Italy as Rochel gears up to make a splash in her Ellesse bathing suit, at Burwood Beach in Falmouth.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Amazing ocean dip, check! Now what else could you possibly want?

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Your very own “Bond girl exits the water” pic, maybe?

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

The crop top’s been a Jamaican specialty since Dancehall Queen Carlene. Rockin’ a vintage crop in the Jamaican sun is all a girl needs to make the vibe (and photo) lit!

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Yard vibes…. What you looking at?

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Konjo means ‘Beautiful’ in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. A Konjo crochet top and tam by designer Makeddah T is a perfect look for the island that is the birthplace of Rastafari. Konjo crochet designs are one-of-a-kind. Just like the Jamaican sunsets. Now where’s that rum cocktail?

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Yuh cyah come ah Jamrock cruise an nuh tek in the soundclash…

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Tony Matterhorn destroys the sound clash and wins by popular vote!

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Hands in the air! The crowd roars their approval for Matterhorn.

Journey To Jamrock: Rochel's First Reggae Cruise

Back in Miami. Is it time for Jamrock 2019 yet?

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