We are taking the Grand Princess Cruise leaving on the 23 of November. At this time we are debating taking the Princess sponsored tour of Grand Cayman with a stop at Stingray city, or one of the local services such as Captain Marvins. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Hi I was on the Grand Princess in July. After much research I decided to book with Soto's Cruises for $19.00 US per person. It made 3 stops the Barrier Reef/Coral Reef/ & Stingray City. I was very impressed. They picked us up on time next to the port. The tour was not packed it was 12 of us. The catamaran was pretty new & clean. The guides were very friendly. They got off on the stops with us & helped us. The whole experience was 150%. Best of all cost effecient! They are the cheapest around. The quality was excellent! Good luck!
I just booked for 4 of us with Soto's for November 12th. I have heard nothing but great reviews about them thanks to this board. Cruise ship I think charges $46 and only stops at one reef and Stingray city and I hear people are packed in the boat like sardines !
we are also going on the Grand Nov 23 - with our 8 year old son. Read many reviews on cruisecritic.com and easily decided on Captain Marvins for the Stingray tour - Hope it was a good choice - everyone said captain marvins was great, not crowded like the cruise ship excursions and so we tried it - perhaps we will see yout there?
A major consideration with any independent booked tour out of Cayman is to allow plenty of time for your return to the ship. I never recommend any independents if you have an early departure- nothing before 4pm. Caymans are lax on time and I have seen plenty of cruiser's left behind- I travel here on land touring several times per year. Most important is time- they do not go to daylight savings, so be certain to factor in the extra hour. I have gone with Marvin plenty of times- he is the king of the tours. Also be in line an hour before posted to tender from your ship- it is not uncommon for several hour waits to get off a large ship and ship tours always have priority. My goal is always the first tender.
How do you book independent tours? Where do you go to book these before the cruise? I'm on the Grand in Late November and wanting to try some independent tours but no one has stated how exactly you go about doing so.
We went on Nativeways and they were wonderful!!!! Especially for kids, they took extra time with them and made sure everyone got to feed and touch the stingrays. We had no problem with the time as they got us back on time. This is their livelyhood if they missed getting cruiseship passengers back on time, they wouldn't be in business much longer. Their website is Nativeways.com. You won't be disappointed, especially when you see the other tour boats packed full of people.
We went with Native Way last year about this time and they were great. They have a clean, comfortable boat, it wasn't crowded, they picked us up on time and Hero, the first mate, went in the water to assist everyone who needed it. Great trip! There were passengers from 4 to 84 on board and all had a good time. You won't be sorry if you book with them.
We are going on a trip on the grand princess in feb. Can you send the info on Soto's. Did you take any trips in Mexico not related to the ship. Is safety an issue with onn-Princess shore excursions in Mexico? Thanks, Stan J
I agree with the earlier post - be very careful on time. They don't exactly keep to a time schedule in the islands, and you don't want to risk "missing the boat". A group from our ship did this past summer.