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Old April 9th, 2004, 04:03 PM
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We will be cruising on the Sensation in July with our two children 15 & 10 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Is there any place in Grand Caymen to rent jet skiis? Also what are the times for early and late dinner seatings?
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Old April 9th, 2004, 05:00 PM
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We are cruising on Sensation on May 10, 2004! Early seating is 6:00, late seating 8:30. It may be best for the kids to do the early seating. Following is a copy of a post from couple days ago. Hope this helps
Author: JoyceR (---.cust.uslec.net)
Date: 04-08-04 13:32

I've been told that it was $50 increments... the listing below was sent to me someone here on the message boards... A lot of GREAT information in it, including prices. I hope it helps.


In 1503, Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands on his fourth voyage to the
New World. He was sailing to Hispaniola from Panama when his ship was blown
off course, coming upon the islands he named Las Tortugas for the huge number
of turtles found there. The islands later became known as Caymanas - a Carib
Indian name for crocodile. In 1586, Sir Francis Drake claimed the Caymans for
the British Crown. While infamous pirates frequented the islands, the first
settlers did not arrive until 1655, and in 1670, the Caymans became an offi-
cial British posession. In 1863, the Cayman Islands became a Crown Colony.

Located directly south of Cuba, Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman
Islands; the other two, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are called the Sister
Islands. Grand Cayman is surrounded by lagoons, dense mangrove swamps and
hundreds of square miles of reefs. The capital and commercial center of the
Island, Georgetown is a quaint, bustling little town where everything on the
island happens. The town is a hodgepodge of hybrid architectural styles,
ranging from West Indian-colonial to postmodern-Georgian and set on a grid of
of crisscrossing streets and lanes.

Climate: The average temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Population: 31,200

Size: 22 miles long by 8 miles wide.

Language: English

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time; daylight-savings time is not observed.

Currency: Cayman Island Dollars; the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.


Shore Tours

Shore tours are available for purchase on board at the Shore Excursion Desk.
All tours, descriptions and pricing are subject to change and may not be
available on every ship and/or saildate. The duration of the tours are
approximate times only. Slightly lower prices for children may be offered
on some tours. A child is considered 2-12 years of age unless otherwise
noted; with few exceptions, infants 2 and under are free of charge if they
do not occupy a separate seat.


Atlantis Deep Explorer
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Price per person: $345.00
Activity level: Easy

Imagine exploring the mysteries of the ocean 800' beneath the surface on
board a sophisticated deep-diving research submarine! This is an experience
not to be missed as you join the ranks of the ocean's great explorers dis-
covering the spectacular Cayman wall. There are two deep explorer submarines
and each vessel carries just two people per dive. Enjoy the view from your
3' in diameter hemispherical window as you descend with the powerful lights
illuminating the brilliant colors along the wall. From 200' to 400' you pass
the sponge belt before descending below 500' where the water temperature
decreases significantly creating distinct zones of life and past 650' you
will encounter many of the unusual animals and delicate corals of the deep.
Note: Approximate dive time is 45-60 minutes. The atmosphere in the submarine
remains at surface pressure so there will be no pressure or sensation in the
ears. This tour is very exclusive and capacity is extremely limited. Maximum
weight limit is 250-lbs. Maximum height is 6'2".

Atlantis Submarine
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00 - child: $59.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Experience the thrill of journeying beneath the sea in a real submarine! A
technological marvel, the Atlantis XI Submarine was specifically designed for
underwater sightseeing excursions. The spacious cabin is air-conditioned and
for your added comfort is maintained at sea-level pressure ( no effect on the
ears). The smooth ride and clarity of the water will amaze you as you explore
Grand Cayman's Underwater Marine Park up to depths of 100'. At the helm of
the Atlantis XI Submarine is a highly skilled pilot who will reveal to you
the panoramic, breathtaking underwater vistas while your guide entertains
you with an informative narration. Huge barrel sponges and star corals abound
the reef while colorful snapper, grouper, stingray and turtles pass within
a few feet of your large view-port. Your 1 1/2 hour excursion conveniently
begins and ends at the Atlantis Dock, located next to the cruise ship tender
pier in the heart of Georgetown. You will have ample time for both shopping
and sightseeing.

Beginners Scuba
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

If you have never tried scuba diving, this is your perfect ppportunity to
give it a try. You will be transported to Parrots Landing and after an
instructional orientation you will have a practice session in shallow waters
to get accustomed to the equipment. Once comfortable in the water, your
certified dive master will escort you on a shallow (up to 20') dive where you
will experience your first scuba experience, enjoying the wonders of the
underwater world! Note: All equipment provided. Minimum age of 12 years.

Cayman 7 Mile Beach Break
Duration: At your leisure
Price per person: $19.50
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

The most beautiful beach that Grand Cayman has to offer can be yours for a
day! Magnificent 7 Mile Beach is where the Beach Club Colony Hotel is located
and is the perfect place to spend your whole day or even just part of it.
After making your own way to the Beach Club Colony Hotel ($3.00 p/p each way) at your leisure, one of the world's most beautiful beaches will be yours to
enjoy. Admission to the facilities as well as use of their changing rooms,
fresh water showers, lounge chair and one complimentary beverarge are all
included. A full service cash bar and restaurant are also available at an
additional cost.

Certified Scuba
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $85.00
Activity level: Moderate

Combine a shallow reef dive and a shipwreck dive for what some experts call
one of the best dives in the world! You will enjoy this experience along
with PADI-certified dive instructors. A valid "C" card must be presented
prior to boarding the dive boat (no exceptions).

Cockatoo Sailing and Stingray
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $58.00
Activity level: Easy

Combine one of the most spectacular experiences available in Grand Cayman
with the joy of sailing on a 60' catamaran. Arriving at the Grand Cayman
Yacht Club, you will board the Cockatoo Catamaran and sail through the
breathtaking North Sound to Stingray City. Armed with snorkel gear and fish
food, it's time to snorkel with these magnificent creatures - the stingray
are tame and will eat right out of your hand! Enjoy a breathtaking sail back
to the yacht club with a refreshing drink. Note: Snorkel equipment provided.

Coral Reef and Stingray Safari
Duration: 3 hours
Price per adult: $63.00 - child: $43.00
Actitivy level: Moderate; Camp Carnival Recomended

Grand Cayman is known throughout the world for its Stingray City attraction
as well as its spectacular coral formations and array of colorful fish. Enjoy
two of the most fascinating experiences that a visit to Grand Cayman has to
offer. This excursion gives you the opportunity to observe a multitude of
colorful fish and the coral formations at Coral Gardens, as well as a chance
to swim with, pet and feed the Southern Stingrays that call Grand Cayman's
famous "Stingray City Sandbar" home. An approximate 15-minute scenic ride
that takes you out to the docks where you will board a 45' double decker
boat for your ride through the beautiful North Sound. Your first stop is
over the Coral Gardens Reef formation, where the water is about 8 - 10'
deep and you will feel like you are snorkeling inside an aquarium! Stingray
City Sandbar is about 10 minutes from the Gardens and once you arrive at the
Sandbar, you will enter the water, approximately 3 - 4' deep and get up close
and personal as the stingrays swim around you to be fed. Note: All equipment
is provided and the boats are equiped with restrooms.

Glass-Bottom Boat
Duration: 1 hour
Price per person: $29.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Discover Grand Cayman's marine life from the viewpoint of a scuba diver
without getting wet! Enjoy one of the largest glass-bottom boats afloat; the
100' triple-deck cruiser will glide out to sea as you witness the instructor
hand feeding the marine life in order to bring these creatures closer to you.
A marine specialist will provide a complete explanation of the eco-system and
fish that you are viewing as well as a brief history of the island. Your trip
will also take you over one of the area's shipwrecks for a beautiful yet
ghostly sight.

Grand Cayman Highlight Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $33.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503. Now, almost 500
years later, it is your turn to discover Grand Cayman. Your excursion will
take you to such famous sights as the Conch Shell House; the Governor's
Residence; the Old Cayman Homestead and the Turtle Farm. You will have the
opportunity to view a town named "Hell", which is a famous black jagged rock
formation, which some imagine Hell must look like! Your discovery would not
be complete without visiting the world-renowned Tortuga Rum Factory to sample
some of the finest rum cakes in the world. Your courteous driver is available
to answer questions all along the way.

Grand Cayman Island Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $33.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Welcome to the splendor and serenity of Grand Cayman! This excursion offers
you the opportunity to explore this beautiful port of call and hit the hot
spots in air-conditioned comfort. A short drive through Georgetown, the
capital city, will show you Cayman's architecture while explaining the
significance of the island's status as the fifth largest financial center
in the world. Take in the spectacular scenery as you pass famous Seven Mile
Beach. Your guide will explain the history and culture of the island as you
venture toward the West Bay and the Turtle Farm. Here you will witness green
turtles weighing in excess of 650 pounds that are protected before being
re-introduced into the wild. The town of Hell is your next stop. A dramatic
rock formation which is what some people believe Hell would look like; here
you can send postcards to your friends post-marked "Hell". Enjoy the Tortuga
Rum Factory store, the Conch Shell House as well as the Governor's Residence
and the old Caymanian Homestead before you stop in the heart of Georgetown
to enjoy some of the famous duty-free shopping. Note: This tour may run out
of sequence due to traffic.

Grand Cayman Kayak Safari
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $73.00
Activity level: Moderate

The tranquil beauty of Cayman's ecologically sensitive coastal environment is
best explored by kayak, and this is your golden opportunity. A short scenic
ride takes you to the Kayak staging area where you will meet your guides and
participate in a short orientation. Set off in a shallow, protected area and
explore secluded shorelines, inlets, bird-nesting areas, sea grass, and man-
grove communities. Along the way, your guide will point out scenes of interest
and describe the importance and interdependence of these fragile ecosystems
with the surrounding coral reefs. Enjoy the opportunity of jumping into the
water for a refreshing swim before returning to shore. Your return trip takes
you through one of Cayman's most attractive residential communities before
arriving back at the pier. Note: Kayak time is approximately 2 hours with
frequent stops, stable 2 person kayaks are featured and life vests are prov-
ided. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended. Restrooms are avail-
able at the start and end of the tour. Minimum age is 8 years.

Grand Cayman Snorkel Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $35.00
Activity level: Moderate

Grand Cayman is famous for its spectacular array of marine life and coral
formations. Whether you are a novice snorkeler or an accomplished one, this
experience will be one that you won't soon forget. All necessary equipment
and instruction is provided for you as you explore a live reef as well as
one of the many shipwrecks that litter the ocean's floor. See not only color-
ful fish but also some of the various other marine life that a living reef
that a living reef supports. Note: Snorkel equipment provided.

Luxury Sailing Yacht Safir
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Easy

At the time she was built, "Safir" was the largest and most innovated around
the world racer ever built. Having been the #1 favorite world racer of her
era, her pedigree is the foundation for most all of today's world racing
yachts. Set sail aboard "Safir" and experience her magic as you witness her
impressive sails catching the wind and propelling you across the Caribbean!
Your experienced crew will navigate this great vessel as you relax and enjoy
the sun, wind and sea. The crew will drop anchor, giving you the opportunity
to snorkel in Grand Cayman's waters, filled with spectacular coral formations
and marine life. After snorkeling, you will set sail towards Georgetown,
enjoying the sailing experience once again as you sightsee along 7 Mile Beach
on your way back to the pier.

Reef and Wreck Snorkel Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $38.00
Activity level: Easy

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced snorkeler, you will appreciate the
opportunity to experience and understand the marvels of the underwater world.
The first snorkel site introduces you to a beautiful coral reef teeming with
marine life and you will be able to take part in the fish-feeding program.
Your second location is the "Cali", a sunken shipwreck, where you will
witness how the protection of marine life has rewarded us. Note: Snorkel
equipment is provided.

See and Sea Island Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $53.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Cayman's highly acclaimed See and Sea Tour combines the island's highlights
with a trip on the state-of-the-art Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine.
Starting at the dock, you will pass all the key landmarks in Georgetown,
Cayman's capital, driving past the Governor's House and magnificent Seven
Mile Beach before arriving at famous Cayman Turtle Farm. Thousands of en-
dangered green sea turtles are born at the farm each year and your guide
will explain the various stages in the turtle's life cycle. Some of these
these turtles exceed 600 pounds! Next, you go to Hell, where you will see
the eerie, jagged rock formations that many think Hell must surely look like.
You may choose to send a postcard to friends and family from "Hell". No tour
of Cayman is complete without a glimpse of the underwater paradise surrounding
the island. You will sit in air-conditioned comfort 5' below the water's sur-
face to view this underwater wonderland through large, clear windows. A marine
expert points out ancient reefs and tells stories of the Cali and Balboa, two
famous shipwrecks. Back in Georgetown, you can explore, relax or shop!

Stingray City and Island Tour
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity level: Easy

Combine the highlights and history of Grand Cayman with a visit to incredible
Stingray City! Knowledgeable guides will keep you informed as you pass by
Seven Mile Beach, the world renowned Turtle Farm and the town of "Hell". Your
final stop is Stingray City, where you will be briefed on the boat ride out
to the sandbar before you get to swim with the many stingray that populate
this area. Snorkel, swim, pet or feed the stingray as you enjoy your time in
the water. After this experience, enjoy a complimentary beverage before
returning to town.

Stingray City Tour
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per Adult: $45.00 - Child: $35.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

You have probably heard about Stingray City but nothing can prepare you for
this incredible experience. A short ride through Grand Cayman takes you to
Stingray City where you will board a yacht to the sandbar. After years of
fishermen cleaning their catch in this area, the stingray no longer have
any fear of man and come here to be fed. Standing in 3' to 5' of water, you
can feed and touch these magnificent creatures as they swim right up to you
or snorkel with them and enjoy their environment. Note: Snorkel equipment,
transportation and beverage included.

Stingray Sandbar Tour
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $45.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

National Geographic describes this as "one of the most rewarding experiences
in the underwater world". A short ride takes you to the island lagoon in the
Northern Sound where you will board a 65' double decker catamaran that takes
you out to the world famous Sand bar. Guides will lead you into 3 - 5' of
water for an experience of a lifetime. Here you can swim, snorkel, pet and
feed the tame stingray; no snorkel experience is necessary as you are in
shallow water, so enjoy!

Stingray Sandbar, Hell and Turtle Farm Experience
Duration: 3 1/2 - 4 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity Level: Moderate

Experience all the major highlights of Grand Cayman in one tour. Shortly
after leaving the pier, you will visit world famous 7-Mile Beach and the
Old Homestead for a photo stop before arriving at the Turtle Farm. This one
of a kind farm is home to thousands of turtles; here, you will learn various
different facts about these interesting creatures. Just minutes down the
road, you will arrive at a town called Hell, a prehistoric formation of rock
that some think Hell must surely look like. Your next stop will be at Sting-
ray City where a 15-20 minute boat ride takes you out to the sandbar. Here,
you can hold, pet and feed the stingrays in shallow waters (3-4'). Snorkel
equipment, stingray food and fruit punch are all provided for you at no
extra cost.

The Ultimate Undersea Adventure
Duration: 1 hour
Price per person: $46.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Nautilus is the world's largest, most luxurious semi-submarine, which
offers you unobstructed views of the marine world as you travel in dry,
air-conditioned comfort. Relax and enjoy the spacious observatory as your
experienced marine guide narrates the trip, explaining the history behind
the many shipwrecks in the area. At Cheeseburger Reef, a diver will hand-feed
the fish over brilliant living coral as you watch all the vibrant colors
colors come to life. After the tour is over, your air-conditioned bus drops
you off in beautiful Georgetown for shopping or to get back to your ship.

The Links at Safe Haven
Course description: Par 71; 6,525 yards
Price: $150.00 - Transportation; Golf Pro Escort; Cart and Green Fees.

Grand Cayman's only full-length 18-hole championship course, its sun-drenched
undulating greens, trade winds and natural setting are reminiscent of the old
Scottish coastal courses commonly referred to as "Links". The clubhouse feat-
ures one of Cayman's top restaurants, a patio bar, a fully stocked golf shop
and a unique Aqua Range. The greens are built to USGA standards and the entire
course offers a challenge to professionals and amateur golfers alike. This
world class course is considered one of the best conditioned courses in the
Caribbean and was the site for the 1997 Caribbean Classic and winner of the
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 Best Golf Course in the Caribbean Award by
Caribbean World Magazine. Bring a trusty swing or a lot of balls and hopefully
you will sink more putts than drives.


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Old April 9th, 2004, 05:28 PM
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Last June we were there. We went by cab to the Westin. Went inside and asked permission to use their beach. They were very nice. We could however not use their beach lounge chairs. We had about 20 people with us. They have mats to rent that go in the water or you can lay on the beach.

When you go out the back door of the Westin there is a stand, it rents the mats, the snorkle mask etc. Very inexpensive I remember. The kids ages 20 and up had a ball. They took pictures of the stinrays (small) and the other fish they could see under water not far from shore. They also have jet skis. They will rent, however, you can not drink anything. Even the adults if you rent a jet ski, 0 tolerance on alcohol.
There is a bar if you are not riding a jet ski and you can order sandwiches and drinks there also. We sat at one of the tables and ate it was a lovely day and we had a really good time there.
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Hi Didi,
If you go to 7 mile beach, there are various places to rent jet ski's...


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