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Old June 10th, 2007, 09:44 PM
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Has anyone snorkeled with the sting rays at sting ray city recently?

Back in early March the
environmentalists were saying the stingrays were being fed bad stuff
(probably too many carbs)and being handled by people was upsetting them.
I guess they took a survey of the stingrays.
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Has anyone snorkeled with the sting rays at sting ray city recently?

Back in early March the
environmentalists were saying the stingrays were being fed bad stuff
(probably too many carbs)and being handled by people was upsetting them.I guess they took a survey of the stingrays.
We've booked a swim with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. I still can't get the untimely death of Steve Irwin out of my mind. I am far from a wuss when it comes to doing things, but I am a little concerned for my family and me when we do this excursion.
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I did this excursion in Grand Cayman about two weeks before his death. It is a fabulous experience. I never felt that I was in any danger at all.
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I did this excursion in Grand Cayman about two weeks before his death. It is a fabulous experience. I never felt that I was in any danger at all.
Do we wear vests? If so, I will feel a whole lot better about it.
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I did this excursion in Grand Cayman about two weeks before his death. It is a fabulous experience. I never felt that I was in any danger at all.
Do we wear vests? If so, I will feel a whole lot better about it.
We did the Sting Ray Tour last May and it was an experience of a lifetime. Never felt like I was in danger. Didn't wear vests because the water was only 3-4 feet deep. Do it, you won't regret it!!!!
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We too sttod on a sand bar in water that reached four to five feet deep. The guides in the water will take your photo and assist you. There are vests on the excursion boats and you should wear one if you are uncomfortable. The waves might get in your face if you do not.
Let us know how it goes for you. We used Soto Tours and they take a smaller group for $30.00 per person.
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I did this excursion in Grand Cayman about two weeks before his death. It is a fabulous experience. I never felt that I was in any danger at all.
Do we wear vests? If so, I will feel a whole lot better about it.
We did the Sting Ray Tour last May and it was an experience of a lifetime. Never felt like I was in danger. Didn't wear vests because the water was only 3-4 feet deep. Do it, you won't regret it!!!!
I'm not worried about the depth of the water, I want the vest for puncture protection.....!
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I did this excursion in Grand Cayman about two weeks before his death. It is a fabulous experience. I never felt that I was in any danger at all.
Do we wear vests? If so, I will feel a whole lot better about it.
We did the Sting Ray Tour last May and it was an experience of a lifetime. Never felt like I was in danger. Didn't wear vests because the water was only 3-4 feet deep. Do it, you won't regret it!!!!
I'm not worried about the depth of the water, I want the vest for puncture protection.....!
Just an FYI,that barb on the end of his tail...well it will go thur that vest your asking about. Not trying to be ugly,if your that scared dont go,but you will miss one of the best excursions out there. I was right on top of some of them and on top of some of the biggest ones i have every seen and Im here today,when its your time ,its your time.
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My wife took this picture on the Sting Ray bar during her excursion at Grand Cayman last week (June 11). The Rays look happy to me... lol

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We too sttod on a sand bar in water that reached four to five feet deep. The guides in the water will take your photo and assist you. There are vests on the excursion boats and you should wear one if you are uncomfortable. The waves might get in your face if you do not.
Let us know how it goes for you. We used Soto Tours and they take a smaller group for $30.00 per person.
If we booked this in advance through Soto Tours, do they pick you up right at the dock? Is there docking or tendering on Grand Cayman? I'm trying to figure out if there is a time difference between ship time and Grand Cayman time, too (it says on their website they are Eastern time). Leaving from Galveston, does the ship stay on Central time the whole cruise?

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On the Inspiration last week out of Tampa, ship time was one hour ahead of Grand Cayman time.
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Ship time remains central time. Soto's knows when your ship will arrive so don't worry about that. You just tell them what ship you are on and they will be there. From the pier, you will walk about 100 yards down the street to a parking lot where they will pick you up. They will take you to the channel where the boats are. Very nice boats, very nice people. One word of caution, they will take you first to a reef area where you can snorkle. Do put on a life vest for this, unless you are a very strong swimmer. At least have the vest with you. It is a nice place for many different fish to be seen, but it is deep and the currents can be a bit strong.
The sand bar is the second stop and a life vest is not needed there. Refer to the photo that was posted.
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thanks, reverendjeff!
Is it best to email or call? And is there anyone in particular that I should talk to?
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Just e-mail them, I do not remember the name of the person I talked with. It is a husband and wife team with other employees, if I remember right. If you have never been to the Caymans, you are in for a pleasant encounter. It is very clean there and the folks are as friendly as any small town in the states.
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thanks, reverendjeff!
Is it best to email or call? And is there anyone in particular that I should talk to?
We did sting ray city through Soto's in March. Just go to their website and the form is right there
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Your ship will stay on the time zone from which you depart. Most ships leave from places in EST. Tampa, Port C., Miami, etc. etc.

We did the Stingray tour in Grand Cayman and voted it a "must" on the 1,000 things to do before you die list.

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