I would recommend booking in advance. I used Soto's Cruises. It was $24/pp. We did two snorkel sites and the Sting Ray sandbar. There were about 14 of us on the boat. They picked us up at the pier and returned us there when the tour was over. I highly recommend them. We all had a great time. I have seen other posts about both Nativeways and Captain Marvin's who both appear to be highly recommended but I found Soto's to be a little cheaper. Hope this helps.
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yes there are some tour operators at the pier as you get off the tenders, again as the other have said, they all book up very fast, your best bet would be to either book in advance or make sure that you are on the first tender off your ship to get to a local tour operator and try to get onto a tour with the Rays.
A group of 9 of us got off the ship, went to the pier and were able to negotiate a wonderful price much lower than the cruise excursion for exactly the same tour. We went over winter break and had no problem.
After reading other postings, I recommended Sotos to a good friend who just returned. They LOVED it. When we took the trip, we booked it from the ship. Not only was it more expensive but the boat was like a ferry with no seats and we made only 1 stop. Sotos had 3 stops, enough seats and sold a great DVD of the trip that shows your family enjoying itself. I'm going back to Grand Cayman in December & will be using Sotos this time.
we will be going Dec. 11 -18 on the Grand Princess. We would like to take the stingray city, sandbar . We have heard that it is best to book it ahead of the cruise. Can you give us any information we could use. Will you be on the same cruise?? Looking forward to meeting fellow cruisers. We are from Texas, so if you could give us some information would appreciate it .
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We just used Captain Marvin's on 11/2. About a 5 minute walk from the pier (to the left). 3 hour snorkeling/stingray tour. Van leaves store at 9:30... back to store by 1:30. 2 snorkeling stops and then the stingrays. $39.00. They supply equipment, water and fruit punch. They also offer a snorkeling vest, so if you are a beginner, you don't have to worry about staying afloat. The water is so clear that you can see pretty much everything from the surface. Definitely recommend them. It was a great experience!! Hopefully this will answer your questions. Email if you have any other questions. firstname.lastname@example.org