So far, for us, it's a coin flip between two. Cavetubing in Belize was the first, total darkness at times, never knowing once you strayed off from the main group,if there was a waterfall coming, or a branch waiting to punch a hole in your tube. The other was horseback riding in Grand Turk in about six feet of water along the beach. We were the last excursion of the day and slightly late, so the guides decided to make the horses jog rather than walk. Horses bumped each other, one person fell in the water, most, including me,. held on for dear life. We made it back to the ship with 10 mins. to spare, but that was a wild day!!
In Puerta Vallarta a group of us rented jeeps on our own and went off into the wilderness. Rule 1..dont do that! We ended up at some checkpoint somewhere that was controlled by a bunch of military types with very large weapons. They made us get out of the jeeps and the vehicles along with ourselves were searched like criminals. Not speaking Spanish I tried to make a joke about the thing in English. Rule 2.. some Mexicans with guns know some English so joking is not a good idea. This guy put me on my knees with my hands on top of my head while he barked at me in Spanish. My girlfriend at the time had some weed in her purse and was scared beyond belief they would find it. When they started to go thru her purse they noticed a box that contained the pot. When asked what was in it she quickly said a feminine product. That stopped him in his tracks. Rule 3.. always take my ex girlfriend to Mexico if you need a quick thinker to get you out of a bind. They finally let us go but it lasted a half hour and took a year off everybodys life. Apparently there was some sort of divided faction in the area and they were looking for guns. Thank god I left mine on the ship..
Rule 4... take a Carnival sponsored tour. It may save your life!!
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
A catamaran trip in Barbados. It was a great trip with a stop at a great beach, great snorkeling at a beautiful reef with a large variety of tropical fish and the added bonus of swimming with some sea turtles.
The "fun" part came on the way back when the rum punch began to flow. There were two twenty something ladies who decided to imbibe heavily and by the time we returned to the dock they were well beyond tipsy. Actually, they were stone drunk. At least they were happy drunk.
There were a couple of guys who wanted to take them back to their hotel but my wife made sure they came with us to the ship. By the time we were at the ship I was basically carrying one girl while my wife escorted the other girl. We made sure they got to their cabin. We did see them the next day and both looked in pretty rough shape. They thanked my wife and I for keeping the guys away from them and making sure they made it back to the ship OK. They said they would never have been able to get back to the ship on their own. For some reason I already knew that.
BTW: This was a Princess cruise.
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Tubing at X-Caret in Mexico. We made a wrong turn somewhere along the way and it looked like we were in the jungles of Vietnam. I had visions of winding up in the Mexican wilderness but we eventually made it back.
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We were in ST Lucia in Oct 07 (rainy season) on a COSOL tour and we were on our way back to the ship and we run into a big traffic jam...Our driver, Baptiste, calls somebody on his cell phone to find out what's going on...He's talking, in there native language, then all the sudden we hear FLOOD and SH**...It had been rainning in the downtown area while we were out on our tour and traffic couldn't get thru...We could see the ship but couldn't get to it...We back track and start taking back streets, very narrow back streets...We made it back to the ship 20 min before sail away...Just the day before in Barbados we were laughing at the people waiting til the last minute to board.
Craziest for us was the canopy (zip line) tour in Costa Rica. It was crazy because we were real cruise novices and yet wanted an independent excursion so we just booked with someone at the pier that we knew absolutely nothing about.
The excursion was a full day and we drove off in one vehicle, transferred to another and then on to a final vehicle that would take us to the zip line.
My husband told me after he was VERY nervous the whole day about it especially since we had our boys with us. I guess being naive helped me, because I just enjoyed the day for what it was and believe me it was THE highlight of our entire cruise. That was back in 2003 and the kids (all of us in fact) still talk about how much fun the day was. Our guide was absolutely incredible and did everything he said he would do, was exactly where he said he'd be, etc.
We still do indpendent excursions all the time, but at least now I research them and get reviews before we go so we go with a better peace of mind.
For me, it was a jeep jungle tour in Barbados. A caravan of 4X4's with extended beds. Wooden benches. Toured sugar cane fields, jungle, ocean side, then straight up a hill to have a picnic lunch sitting on rocks. We truly got off road and never knew what was going to happen next. At one point, we had a monkey in the back with us!
I'm afraid that this tour has or will be tamed. My back hurt so bad afterwards, but I had a ball. Worth a couple days of motrin and muscle relaxants! But, that was partly because it was a 2 week cruise with plenty of sea days for resting up.