My husband & I are planning on buying snorkels & masks for our Princess cruise to the Eastern Caribbean in October. We are planning on using them for Princess Cay & Grand Turk. I have never snorkeled. My husband has been scuba diving years ago but has no desire to scuba again.
I'm leaning towards a total dry snorkel and silicone mask.
I would check the mask and snorkel at any sporting goods store in your area and compare and see what you like. Actually a good fitting mask is important and I'm sure you can rent the fins and jacket, most private islands will require you wearing one anyway, especially if you do an excursion. If you are doing a snorkeling excursion, they will provide the equipment anyway.
I agree with Donna, go to a sports equipment store and get a decent quality mask and snorkel, you don't need to go to a dive shop to get a top of the line mask unless you have vision issues or are planning on doing alot of snorkeling. Don't bother buying fins, if you are going on a snorkeling excursion you will be provided with them same goes for the vest. If you are just going to a beach then you will need to rent the fins
I would also add, if you are going on your own to snorkel and not an excursion, then its always nice to have your own, but if you are going to snorkel through some type of tour, then I would just juse theirs and not have to pack and travel with extra equipment like that, especially if you are flying.
Right now Sam's Club has the whole shebang (mask, snorkel & fins) for about $35. Comes with a nifty shoulder bag that has room for other things like sunscreen, etc. Packs small - I packed most of our shoes in the bags and put them the bottom of our checked luggage. Didn't use much room at all.
It's worth it to have your own just for the fact of everyone else using the snorkle. That just grosses me out having my mouth on God knows what.
Just make sure the mask fits nice and secure and then like somebody said they snorkle that you can go under water with and not get water inside is nice too. Also one that you can clear in the water by blowing into it.
i don't like getting my gear from the tour operator, you never know how well they do or don't sanitize the gear. If you don't want to buy your snorkel gear i would suggest renting it on the ship, you can rent it for the duration of your cruise or just for a day or two, that way you can be pretty sure that its clean, and you can clean it yourself to be on the safer side
A few years ago we bought masks with prescription lenses (We've both been wearing glasses since grade school). It's great to be able to SEE underwater. We also bought a couple snorkels just to have our own. We also found fins, a bag and masks on clearance at K-Mart once- about $8 each. We used to take those with us when we were able to take 75 lbs of luggage in our huge 29" pullmans.
Sigh. We'll be apacking a lot lighter this year- will take the masks- need to buy new snorkels.- suggested vendors welcome!
Carnival Triumph 8/10
Crown Princess, 10/08
Ocean Princess, 11/2000
Grandeur of the Seas, 8/99
We ordered the prescription masks from a guy in Texas- he had an add at the back of porthole Magazine. He is an optometrist that loves to dive & saw a niche market.
Would love suggestions on the DRY snorkels!?! the clamp thingees on are old ones have broken and I don't remember where we ordered them- it has been 11 years!
And if you're wondering- yes our prescriptions have changed, but I'm not ordering a bifocal mask
Check out the Seaquest Sidedraft snorkel by US Divers. I've used it Scuba diving, skin diving, & snorkeling. I just ordered one for my DW, for our Carnival Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Victory in September.