Book It! it is a great excursion. Book it now, it books up fast.
Quick Overview - you sail on this beautiful catamaran, with a huge sail with a Golden Eagle on it (hench the name) you sail up the coast which is gorgeous, the crew is very friendly, you sail over to Tintamar - a small island preserve, you drop anchor, you can swim, snorkel, or just relax on the beach, the boat provides sandwiches and drinks (both alcoholic and non). On the sail back it turns into a deck party with champagne to toast a successful cruise, the crew breaks out the boom box and everyone gets into it - dancing into the harbor. We had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Book the morning cruise, you will fry on the boat and beach if you book the afternoon cruise.
Yippee -- I"m glad I booked it! Is it mostly for the 'younger' crowd tho and will I be a grandma on it at the age of 46? Unfortunately, I will be by myself - DH and DD want to go horsebackriding. I want boats and snorkeling! Have never been sailing.....So, we are splitting for the day.
Thank you to everyone who helped us on this topic.
We went ahead and booked it today for our April 9th trip.
We took everyones suggestion and booked early. Especially after seeing that there are 2 ships in St. Marteen at the same time (that's only about 5000 people visiting)
Now, I know it sounds relaxing, but fun. Can anyone tell me what the options are once you reach the island? I personally don't like to snorkle or scuba, but are hoping the husband and kids give it a try. Are there spots to sunbath at the island or should we stay on the boat?
Thank you again to everyone.
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CherylRoy - no it is not a party boat, but it is fun! My girlfriend and I (both 45) went with her teenage daughter (14) we had a blast. You will find all age ranges on this excursion.
Chefkel22 - once your reach Tintamar you drop anchor, you can swim around the boat if you like, you can walk-- swim the very short distance to shore, plop yourself on the beach, go for a walk, or go snorkeling. It is a very small island preserve and there is nothing on the island.
barnum - that's a really tough choice! both are great excursions. I would ask your teens which they would like to do better, race/crew a racing sailing yacht in an actual race(Regatta) or go for sail, swim, snorkel,and beach.(Golden Eagle) Either way you will have a blast.