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Old January 10th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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Default Grand Princess--tendering and excursions

We are planning to cruise on the Grand Princess in March and would like to make the most of our times at ports. Does anyone have advise on excursions/tours, including ones offered by people other than the cruise line? I know that you can get better deals if you don't book the cruise excursions, but I am not sure how likely we would be able to make it to them in time for the tour due to tendering delays. I have seen Captain Marvin's tours out of Grand Cayman recommended on numerous reviews, but since our boat doesn't dock in this port until 12pm Central time and their excursion starts at 2pm Cayman time (or 1pm Central time), with a check-in time of 1:15pm Cayman time (12:15pm Central time), it doesn't look like we would make it. Any information on this would be appreciated!
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:11 PM
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We did this trip last February. Tendering into Grand Gayman can be a
nightmare if there are a lot of ships in port. Last year we were on a tender
trying to get to the dock for almost an hour! It was like all the tender
drivers were New York cabbies.

In Belize, if you would enjoy cave tubing, check with Reggie's tours. I
believe his email is Regtours.com. He's a local and charges about half
the price of the ships excursion, and includes a tour of Belize City, a stop
at a local outdoor restaraunt (you pay for your meal but it's about $5 or $6
for Jerk chicken, rice and beans - deliscious!), and also the route you follow
on the river is considerably longer than on the ship.

In Costa Maya one of my sons and I snorkled with a local dive shop which
was cheap and great fun. My wife and other son took the ship's excusion to
one of the Mayan ruins and had a great time.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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I did this ...

When DF and I ventured on the Grand Princess in November '04, at the Belize stop, We shopped at the mall on the pier. In Costa Maya we went on the ruins your and it was absolutely amazing. We watched the archeologists working on the digs and learned to spot uncovered pyramids. In Georgetown, Grand Cayman we went on the Jolly Roger ship. Free, unlimited rum punch, shooting cannon at the cruise ships and jumping overboard to swim! In Cozumel we went on the ruins tour there, also and had a great time. You can't go wrong with these choices!!
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If things dont improve soon with the Grand,we wont be going to GC,maybe not anywhere The Grand bypassed GC this week,and AdmiralNelson says the next sailing wont go either..and now the ship is tilting to port side..


If the Admiral checks in, can you tell us why we're experiencing a significant tilt to port side? We noticed it when we boarded in Galveston but it's gotten worse all week. Today it is very noticable. Just curious.
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What? I will be so disappointed if the ship is pulled out for service!! Does anyone else know anything about this?
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If you check out the ***edited to remover commercial reference*** board for Princess,you will find the "Live from the Grand" thread.AdmiralNelson has been posting there answering questions.They are trying to make it sound like its not that bad,but it sounds bad to me.My cruise is Feb 4th,and Im hoping for the best! Check it out...Dot
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