Originally Posted by Chefkel22
We are heading to these ports of call July 1 and are wondering if anyone has any suggestions for us?
We have 3 teens traveling with 3 adults and would love to hear what you think. Anything we have to see?
Thanks and Happy New Year!
My first suggestion is to reschedule this cruise between November and April because the weather in the Caribbean in July tends to be oppressively humid and it's during hurricane season.
That said, I have never been to either Freeport or Costa Maya so I can't make recommendations for those destinations. Grand Cayman, however, is one of the best destintations in the Caribbean with several great options for shore excursions.
>> 1. Stingray City consistenty draws raves from those who go there, but there's probably an element of self-selection involved. People who love feeding and petting wild animlas love the facility and people who are turned off by the thought of feeding and petting wild animals generally would not go there.
>> 2. Seven Mile Beach is truly world class, and it's an easy taxi ride from the tender pier. There are also plenty of day clubs where you can rent a locker to store your valuables and obtain use of beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. The resorts along the beach also have plenty of restaurants where you can get lunch and bar service for beverages.
>> 3. The "Sea and See" excursion is an excellent tour of the island's major highlights. this excursion combines a harbor cruise in a so-called "semisubmursible craft" in which you sit in a special compartment below the waterline and look out through windows in the hull at several reefs and the wrecks of the SS Callie
and the SS Balboa
, all of which are teaming with fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and other marine life, with a land tour that visits Seven Mile Beach (photo stop only), the famous rock formation known as "Hell" (which looks volcanic, but actually is limestone that algae have blackened and honed to razor sharpness), and the world's only sea turtle farm (which actually raises the critters for food, but also is heavily involved in preservation of endangered species).
Finally, George Town's shopping district, located right across the street from the tender pier, offers the best shopping that I have found anywhere in the Caribbean. The merchandise there is of much better quality overall than what I have seen in other ports of call, except for the chains.
And while you are in the shopping district, be sure to stop by the rumcake stand for some free samples. Their coconut rumcake is my personal favortite, but YMMV.
Have a great cruise, whatever you decide!