Hey all....my wife and I are taking the eastern carib cruise on the Century on Feb 8th. We are both 26 and looking for some good snorkeling and excursions to take. Any ideas? Where is the best snorkeling eastern wise? Also, we chose the early dining. Is this a mistake? We are thinking of changing to later. Thank you for all the input.
We happen to prefer the "early" dinner, gives us more time to enjoy the nightlife onboard the ship, but a lot of others like to eat later, its really a personal preference. You may want to stay in ports later or sit out at the pool, which would mean the later seating may suit you better. We also start the days pretty early, getting off the ship and seeing the different ports, so to get back and get ready for the early dinner isn't a problem, but may be for you. You can always give the early a try and if you don't care for it, change it, it is an option you have and if there is space available, they will fit you in, seems like the later dinner fills up first usually.
We prefer late dining because you don't have to rush back from ports of call to get ready imediately for dinner. You can put your feet up, have a glass of wine and discuss your day's adventures before heading off to the dining room. Also there are a lot fewer children at late seating. Many of the more infirmed people eat at early seating as well.
In Grand Cayman, everyone, including me, loves the sting ray tours. They are so amazing and so different from any other cruise experience you may ever have. What ports are you visiting? That will help other snorkelers know what advice to give you.
I, too, prefer the later seating, for the reasons Chuck gave... but like Donna says, it's a matter of personal preference. Earlier seating works well if you don't want to be too full for the midnight buffet. You can also see one of the shows and then experience some of the ship's nightlife without staying up too late.
I am looking forward to my first Eastern Caribbean cruise in a couple of weeks, but in my research I've found that when you stop in St. Thomas, take the ferry to St. Johns and snorkel at Trunk Bay. That's supposed to be great. Perhaps someone will write here who has some personal experience with it.
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We are leaving out of Ft Lauderdale. The ports are San Juan, St Maarten, St Thomas, and The Bahammas. We are snorkel fanatics. We heard that some of the best snorkeling in the world is in St Thomas. It looks like this could be our last cruise for at least a couple of years (baby trying) and I want to make it HUGE!
We sailed that itinerary on Century two months ago, unintentionally, as it was supposed to be Western, but hurricanes forced the captain to switch. You don't have any beach time in San Juan -- night stop. The Bahamas stop isn't optimal either -- early afternoon arrival, early evening departure (we actually wound up with only three hours!). But St. Thomas has great snorkeling choices. We wound up at the beach next to Coral World (Coki Point) after we took our son to the aquarium there ... clear water and beautiful fish. At St. Maarten, we just wandered down the town beach, NOT clear enough for snorkeling, but I heard there are great places on the other side of the island. Have a great cruise - we'll be back on the Century in March and I hope to heck the Western itinerary sticks THIS time (at least it won't be hurricane season).