First time cruiser here and have a couple questions about port excursions.
Will be on the Carnival Inspiration Nov. 30th out of Tampa visiting the W. Carrib ports. Due to the fact that this is my first cruise I planned on booking all of the excursions through carnival. Just figured it would be easier this way for a first timer.
My question is when you book through the cruiselines are there a choice of times that can be elected to take or is there only one time? For example. we would like to do the stingray thing while in Grand Caymen. If the boat is arriving in port at 7 a.m., will the excursion be at 8 a.m. or will there be a choice between 8 am and say 12 noon?
I understand that some tours (like the ruins tours) which are so long in duration that there will not be a choice due to time constraints. I was just wondering if on these 2-3 hour excursions if there was more than one time shift that you could choose from?
Yes there can be choices of leaving times just as you mentioned. Grand Cayman is a tender port, so plan the first tour of the day for the Swim with the Sting Rays. The rays will be hungry and at their most active, however the water may be a little cooler. this is a must tour for your visit to Grand Cayman. Tulum is a great tour, so don't let the early departure time scare you away. I usually recommend your taking a 3 hr. or half day tour in the morning, and leaving yourself 'free' time to explore on your own or relax in the afternoon after a nice ship's luncheon. Don't try to do it all by planning 2 tours in one day as you will probably be exhausted. Don't forget it will be much warmer in the islands than you are probably used to. Contact Carnival and they will fax you the tour list. Most tours leave in the morning hours: example 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., etc. You will have to meet in a lounge or on shore at least 15 to 30 minutes before the tour leaves. This is a good day to order room service for breakfast; no extra charge just a tip at the time of service.