We are sailing on the Glory Nov.11 to the Eastern Caribbean , I want to do some snorkling but was wondering about the equipment. Does it get cleaned/disinfected well after each use or should I just take my own? What have ya'll done in the past?
Ah yes - snorkeling equipment - my favorite subject.
I am always amazed how people will spend thousands of dollars on their cruise or vacation, and then rent lousy snorkeling equipment.
A person can purchase a snorkel set that will work very well for under 60 dollars. That will include a mask, a snorkel, fins and bottled defogger. Another 40 dollars will obtain a decent snorkel vest.
At a minimum, one should purchase their own snorkel and mask. In this way you can obtain a mask that will actually fit your face, and a snorkel that meets your needs. Fins are also important if you have a hard to fit foot size, or if you like to insure that your fins will fit properly.
We purchased all our snorkel equipment for 70 dollars and wil be using it for the fifth or sixth time when we go to Cabo next week, and once again on our Carnival cruise this comming winter.
As they say about your American Express card - don't leave home without it!
Good luck, and enjoy the fish!
We now take our own mask and snorkle and use their vest and fins! But before I always took those little alchohol wipes and have used those before actually using them. Have fun!!
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On our first cruise - we took our own snorkle and fins. This year, we are adding the vest (lite-weight, the type that just takes a few puffs of air). Just in case we are at a beach and decide that we want to snorkle- we have everything we need and we don't have to look for a "snorkle-stand" (or whatever you would call them)... And I just like the idea of my own gear - knowing that whatever germs MIGHT be on it, are mine. And as someone said above - I know it fits !!
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I invested in a very good snorkel, and always take my own. I can't imagine using one that others have used. I also take my own mask, because if the mask doesn't fit you properly, the snorkeling isn't a great experience. I rent fins at a local dive shop on the islands.
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