I am booked on Freedom o/t Seas in January and I have been looking at excursions. My daughter (who is 6) wants to go on a Submarine. There are subs or semi subs at 3 of our ports of call. Can anyone suggest which is the better tour? I'm not too concerned about cost, I am more interested in which one is going to be a more interesting tour. Also, how close are these tours to the docking area, I don't want to be riding in a hot bus for 2 hours for a 30 minute tour. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
The three tours are:
Ochos Rios ~ Sub Viewer
Georgetown ~ Seaworld Explorer Semi Sub
Cozumel ~ Atlantis Submarine
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i haven't done any of those sub tours specifically, but being fairly familiar with the islands i would suggest the Atlantis Sub in Cozumel, mainly because there is more sealife and coral to see in Cozumel.
I've actually done the Atlantis Submarine tour in Grand Cayman. I highly recommend Atlantis in Grand Cayman. The tour guides said that they have the prettiest scenery once underwater compared to the other western Caribbean ports. Although I have not done the submarine tours in any other ports, I really do believe them as it was most definitely beautiful.
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I would opt for the Atlantis in Grand Cayman. The cost is about $100 per adult, half that for children. The one in Ocho Rios is a boat with a viewing area about five feet below the surface. The time on board is close to two hours.
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Yes, do think about snorkeling with the Sting Rays in Grand Cayman, its one of the highlights when cruising the Western Caribbean. Many book with an independent tour operator and the ships also offer an excursion. They take you to the sand bar, so you don't even have to be a good swimmer/snorkeler.
The main thing to check is which ones are subs and which are just, as was previously mentioned, boats that stay on the surface but with a deep hull you walk down into. While we've done both, the real subs are definitely the best. Have fun.