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Old October 25th, 2003, 05:46 PM
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Probably a dumb question but....

My wife and I are in our early 30's and both wear glasses. Neither of us can wear contacts, BUT would love to try snorkeling. Do the cruise ships (Carnival & RCCL) rent masks for people like us (ie. corrective vision)???

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Old October 25th, 2003, 10:08 PM
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I don't recall carnival having anything like that and i don't even think they make corrective vision snorkles. I would recommend going to a store and finding your own which are big enough to fit glasses in and get a glasses strap to keep them from coming off in ur snorkle....just a thought.
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Old October 26th, 2003, 01:37 AM
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I have seen the corrective goggles at SportMart (if you have one in your area)...they come in 3 different strengths.....don't remember the price off hand though, sorry. My husband was considering a pair, but his vision correction in his glasses is minimal, so he thinks he'll be OK without....

You can also have them made to your prescription by an optician, but it costs lots
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Old October 30th, 2003, 06:09 AM
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Hi. Ohman's had some corrective magnifying masks. What my DH who is almost blind as a bat without his glasses decided to to was to find a mask that will fit the front (glass part with frame) of an old pair of glasses. We just bought a glass screwdriver so we can unhook the ear peices. That way he can see better and there is still a tight seal, I hope. If you have the ear peices sticking out I think it would comprimize the airtight seal that is one of the things needed in the mask. We have not tried this yet in the water but will. since it is off season, got the mask at a real reasonable price . Also got the breathing tube. I have heard that the rentals are not cleaned very well. Remeber, the water magnifies things so even if the old rx is not as sharp, it should do ok. better than nothing. deb. 19 days and counting.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 11:48 AM
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There are websites like leisurepro.com that sell snorkel gear. They have masks available with vision correction to your prescription. The additional charge is something like $20.
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Old November 1st, 2003, 12:37 AM
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They do make prescription snorkel mask. I just came back from sailing with Princess and they rented masks for people who wear glasses they were just alittle more than the cost of the regular ones. My husband can't see anything without his glasses and just uses the regular mask he can still see with them but in order for him to see the fish in good detail he has to get closer than say myself. The cruislines would more likely have prescription goggles than say a place that you take a tour with so check with the ship first. Happy sailing.
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Old November 2nd, 2003, 06:27 AM
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They do make masks with corrective lens. I doubt that you will find anyplace that will rent them, especially on a cruise. They are quite expensive. I think I paid about $200 can. My advise is to go see your eye specialist and get disposable lens for that use only (if you don't want to wear them all the time). I did this for the first few months of scuba diving. Remember to close your eyes when clearing the water out of them. I washed a pair away, by not doing that. If you plan to do a lot of snorkling or diving over the year, it is worth the expensive (corrective mask). They will make your lens about 25% less then your own glasses due to the magnification in the water.
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Old November 10th, 2003, 10:08 PM
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I wore contacts while I snorkeled because I'm pretty much blind without my glasses. I was fine until my last time out. I got some water in my mask, took it off, rubbed my eyes and out came my lens. I was able to get it back in while i was out in the water but it wasn't easy. I have the disposable kind so it wouldn't have been a big deal if i had lost it.
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Old November 12th, 2003, 12:12 AM
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Not dumb at all
I have been snorkeling for almost ten years. I have my own mask, without corrective lenses. I am blind as a bat. My vision years ago was 20/400 and now it is worse. I can see most fish near the coral pretty well. Not only does the water magnify everything, but many of the fish are close to the surface as most of the reefs are not that deep.
I would recomend that you purchase snorkel gear at home and take it with you. The cost of buying decent gear is minimal (fifty - seventy five dollars) and the experience is so much better. WIth all the money you are spending on the cruise - what is an additional fifty dollars? I have rented gear and used my own, and there is no comparison! If you enjoy the experience, then you can purchase the mask with the collective mask.
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