We went two years ago in March and it was a neat experience. Our only complaint is that we did book with the ship for safety reasons (NCL)and unfortunatley I felt like I was on a race through the cave! We had to paddle to keep up with our guides and my arms were raw from hitting the side of the innertube. We paddled past a group where the guide hooked them together by their feet and pulled them! That looked like the relaxed ride listed in the brochure!! I was really dissappointed with the pace of that particular group but the experience could be wonderful! I agree the hike through the woods was more than I envisioned but ok. Water was chilly.