Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Destinations > Caribbean & Panama Canal
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old June 13th, 2004, 09:27 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 303
Default Grand Cayman Stingrays

Can anyone recommend some good excursions for the stingray swim. I prefer that it isn't too long. Also, can you pick the excursions up from the cruise dock?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old June 14th, 2004, 07:44 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Palmer, Massachusetts
Posts: 12,716
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

most of the Sting Ray trips last a couple of hours. There are a lot of really good ones to choose from. We chose Captain Marvin. The "better" tours sell-out fast, so your best bet would be to book direct in advance to get the tour and times you wanted.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old June 14th, 2004, 10:12 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,904
Send a message via AIM to Darcy
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We booked through Soto's Cruises and had a great time. $24/pp. We met them at the end of the pier and they dropped us back off there when we were done. There were about 14 people on the boat vs. the 100+ if you go with the cruise ship's tour.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old June 14th, 2004, 12:08 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,021
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We did our tour to stingray sandbar with Nativeway water sports. You can book directly online. If you want info on what they offer then go to my personal website under the Inspiration cruise page I have set up and there's a link.

It was 24/pp and it was GREAT...we got to go out to a reef and snorkel too.
It was about 1 hour in the water for the rays and another 1 hr in the water for snorkeling and then probably about a half hour each way on the boat. Maybe a total of 3-4 hrs.
We were picked up right at the tender dropoff and they had a big sign so we knew who they were.

Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old June 14th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 303
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old June 15th, 2004, 06:00 PM
md lady
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We used Nativeway also, booked online. We only had 6 people on our tour. It was
absolutely the greatest and the stingrays are so amazing! Our guides were very informative, getting in water with us, teaching us about stingrays and how to feed. They also furnished drinks and snacks. GREAT excursion!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old June 20th, 2004, 10:25 AM
chelseap
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We went on the Buccaneer Catamaran, its stunning!!!

Its a 50ft catamaran so you get to snorkel, sail and even have a cocktail because there is a bar onboard. Loads of room to stretch out and bake in the sun too

Buccaneer Stingray City Catamaran

It was a blast!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old June 21st, 2004, 12:15 PM
ESS
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We went with Soto's and we had a great time.
Our ship was late due to a medical emergency, but the staff waited for everyone to arrive so that latecomers would not miss their trip
The boat was not too crowded - so everyone could get off really fast - no wasting time.
The bathroom was clean
They picked you up at the dock and transported you to their boat
They brought you back to the dock
They stopped at two other sites besides the sandbar where one feeds the stingrays.
The first stop had all sorts of fish as well as stingrays speeding through the water - an awesome site.
The second stop had a resident Moray Eel that was coaxed out of his cave with a food bribe for photo ops
At the third stop - the sandbar - the staff brought food for everyone to feed the stingrays and help all of us hold the stingrays for photo ops.
Although the price has increased to 24 dollars to reflect the declining US dollar, it remains an excellent deal and the next time we are in the Grand Caymans - you can be assured that we will rebook with Soto's.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old June 22nd, 2004, 04:00 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 303
Default Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

Thanks for all the information. We booked with Soto's.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old June 22nd, 2004, 06:25 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 255
Send a message via AIM to Cassie
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

You are going to have a GREAT TIME!!!! We loved it! Watch out cause the people from the other boat will push you out of the way to watch your crew coax out the native wildlife!


~Cassie
P.S. Say "hi" to the Eel for me!
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old June 22nd, 2004, 07:14 PM
Charpin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We also booked with Nativeway when we went last year, and they were absolutely wonderful! The boat was clean, they were all friendly and helpful, and a great time was had by all. I definitely recommend them.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old June 23rd, 2004, 10:07 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 303
Default Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

I'll say hi to the eel if he doesn't come after me.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old June 24th, 2004, 10:33 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 343
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

Also look for the nurse shark to the left about 60 feet from the eel.

__________________
Time remaining until I sail the Sensation again
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old June 24th, 2004, 04:05 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 255
Send a message via AIM to Cassie
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

Oh and Lizzy make sure that when they give you the calamari to feed to the Sting rays that you don't hold it up to hihg above the water. THe Stingrays are very friendly but the seagulls are horrible. THey'll take off your hand if they see an oppurtunity to get some food.

~Cassie
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old June 28th, 2004, 12:11 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 230
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We just did this last week and it was so amazing! We booked the 1/2 day with Captain Marvin, we stopped at 2 snorkeling sites (coral gardens and the barrier reef) and then spent lots of time with the stingrays. They made a DVD which we could buy, and they showed it on the way back to shore in a little TV on the boat.
I highly recommend Captin Marvin!
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old June 30th, 2004, 05:46 AM
grin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We used Soto's too... let me just say that yes, they were great, but I felt that they were not very helpful to me, as a first time snorkeler. The experienced folks had a great time, but they were not really geared for beginners. Also, be aware that the time they will pick you up is ISLAND time, not ship time... we ended up waiting a long time in the hot sun for their pick-up! And we weren't the only ones!!! Their time is 1 hour earlier than Florida time.
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old July 5th, 2004, 10:15 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

I have done several in Cayman, Captain Marvin, Captain Brian's, and others...i really liked Captain Marvin because there were less people and more personal attention. Whatever you choose, I would recommend chosing one of the smaller tour groups, because you'll see when you go to stingray city boat with a ton of people crammed on them and thats not as fun. You can also pick up trips to stingray city from the dock in Georgetown, you just have to get off early in the morning between like 8-10.
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old July 10th, 2004, 11:17 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 6
Default Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

To Darcy, My family and I are cruising to grand cayman on Aug. 8. We would like to book the sotos stingray tour but cannot locate the web site in order to book our tour. Can you provide their web site so that we may contact them . Thanks Lisa
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old July 11th, 2004, 03:00 PM
lanabanana
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

sotoscruises.com
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old July 12th, 2004, 12:36 PM
Markb
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

We just used Mr. Soto's and it was great. Much much better than the cruise line's excursions plus a whole lot less expensive. And the wait in line was much less and the boat was less crowded by a mile. $24 per person was a steal...2 snorkeling stops and then on to the stingray's.

I've heard great things on Capt Marvin's too. Saw all of them out there. They all looked great. All were much less crowded than the cruise's excursions. And Soto's was $14/person less. Cruise excursions looked like a boat with 70 people, but should have had only 50...over stuffed boat that would have aggravated me. We were in the Soto's van and driving to the pier while our friends on the ship's excursion were still sitting in the hot sun waiting to get on their bus. All external excursions will not charge you if the stop in GC is cancelled due to weather.

I would always book outside of the cruiseline...saves money and better excursions.
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old July 12th, 2004, 01:51 PM
Suej
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

This is likely a silly question, but don't the stingrays sting? I am not to fond of being in the water with fish.
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old July 12th, 2004, 06:25 PM
Markb
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

No they don't sting unless they are frightened. Folks hold them and the like.

It is a bit disconcerting for some as these rays swim right up to you and all around you. If you are afraid of fish, you may have a problem. But then, you won't want to be snorkeling at all in the carribbean as there are fish all around you. They are beautiful, though, and truly a sight to see!
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old July 12th, 2004, 10:08 PM
godfredo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Grand Cayman Stingrays

My hubby and i did the "stingray" thing back in dec. 2002 and I am one that loves all kinds of cool nature, creepy, crawly, things...well the stingrays freaked me out!!! Some of them are just so huge it was scary. A lady on our ship NCL Sun did get stung-so just be aware they can sting! THe day we went out the water was really choppy and the water was higher on the sand bar so you had to tread water the entire time (unless you were like 12 feet tall) which made it even more maniacal for me!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grand Cayman Stingrays or 7-mile beach? Austin1805 Caribbean & Panama Canal 13 June 8th, 2007 10:12 PM
Grand Cayman ..NO turtles, NO stingrays? beach pass, or ? ShareCruises Shore Excursions 15 March 27th, 2006 01:35 PM
Grand Cayman ..NO turtles, NO stingrays? beach pass, or ? ShareCruises Caribbean & Panama Canal 3 March 3rd, 2006 09:19 PM
stingrays - Grand Cayman ehogan Caribbean & Panama Canal 5 December 1st, 2005 10:12 AM
stingrays grand cayman?? lacey230 Carnival Cruise Lines 23 January 14th, 2005 05:53 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:41 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1