We are going on the Inspiration in 2 weeks. We'd love to do Stingray City and the Coral Gardens and checked it out through Carnival's site. It say it's $$- anywhere between $50-99. Does anyone know the exact price? And anyone that booked it through them- were you pleased?
I'm concerned about time- we get into Grand Cayman at 7 am. If we don't book through Carnival- can you give me an idea of when we will actually get off the ship? I'm looking into Captain Marvins but we need to be there by 8 am. Will we make it?
Thanks for any help or advice!
"Dream"ing July 31, 2010
Captain Marvin is the best. Book with him you will be pleased. Book it on line now. He is very popular and could be sold-out this close to your sailing. They work with your ships schedule, just tell them what ship you are on and when you are scheduled to port and they will tell you which excursion you can or cannot make.
We did this through Carnival. A lot of local tours are overwhelmed when the ships come in. If you can't book in advance like Lisa said, do it through Carnival. The sting ray experience is unbelievable. I mean that literally. I didn't believe what people said but did it to please hubby and it was beyond my wildest dreams.
I completely adore Stingray city... the last time we went we went through Absolute Divers I do believe.... and it's a small boat... we had four people and the guy was exceedingly personable and video taped our dive for us... ...
I don't know how hard it is to get off of Carnival Ships... but RCCL were pretty easy to sway the crew into letting us get off.. ... Course Tendering is always a pain carrying our own scuba gear...
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another very important point, find out how many people the boat takes at a time. Lots of time the ships excursions are what is fondly known as the "cattleboats" (too many people) the smaller your group the better.
If you want a more personal approach, we just used Captain Mike on the Red Baron, booked independently through Shoretrips.com. He was great, has a 39 foot sailboat, is friendly, informative and serves a great lunch! He was the best! The boat takes up to 8 passengers, so my family booked the entire boat from 9 am to 3 pm and had a great time at all the usual spots you mentioned. Good Luck!
We were in Grand Cayman in April and went with Moby Dick tours; I reserved it online. The boat had about 30 people (as opposed to what looked like hundreds on the cruiseline tours). The crew was very helpful and it was a great experience, even though the seas were rough that day and snorkeling was difficult. Our grandsons with us, ages 11 and 7, loved Stingray City. Moby Dick has a website but I don't remember the address--search and you should find the site.
Ditto! The timing of this excursion is wonderful, too. It started at 10:30 and returned at 1:30. We had time to get off the ship, and time afterwards to go shopping and eat.
This is a 3 stop excursion, and worth every penny.
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Glad to hear it. We're booked on Capt. Bryan's Buccaneer trip too. There's apparently a 2 1/2 hr. one for $35 and the 3 hr. one is $39. We took the latter - worth it for the extra couple of dollars for the extra half hour. I like the times for the excursion too.