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Old August 20th, 2007, 07:33 PM
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I have a HUGE fear of heights, but, really want to try parasailing and doing a zipline while on our cruise in October...Liberty of the Seas...Western Caribbean. Am I setting myself up for an expensive disappointment? My height fear is like this...a few years ago I was on a small ferris wheel at a local carnival and was absolutely terrified and swore I'd never put myself in this kind of position again.

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I, too, am very afraid of heights and have not gotten up the nerve yet to do either of the excursions you mentoned. However, I have dear friends who have done both (one is afraid of heights) and they both loved each of the excursions.
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I'm not crazy about heights either, but I didn't have a problem with the Canopy tour, it was so much fun...We were ALWAYS hooked on, so never any worry about falling off.
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I guess it depends on how deadly afraid you are. There is the 'I just don't like it and I want off right now but I will squeeze my eyes closed until its over' kind and then there is the panic attack kind. If you are NOT the panic attack kind, you will be just fine.

I have seen both kind of these people sky dive and the only ones who hate it when its over is the panic attack kind. Carla
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Paula,
If you decide to do this, please do it through a ship's tour, even though it costs more. My hubby got seriously injured by doing it on his own, trying to save a few bucks. Ended up spending that and more on the ship's doctor.
That said, cruises are a great chance to do things you might be afraid of. I have always had a deep seated fear of sting rays, thanks to my overprotective mom on a Florida trip when I was a child. Did the Sting Ray excursion in Grand Cayman and not only got over my fear, but fell in love with their grace and beauty.
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Thanks for all the responses! And yes...we do plan on booking via the cruiseline. Just makes me feel better.

Thanks again!

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Hi, some Parasail tours have a very long line which allows you to get pretty high(!!). Make sure to comment your concerns to the crew so that with a simple hand signal they can stop the stop the line and keep you at a lower hight or get you back. Another suggestion is to go tandem...it always helps to have a friends advise and support near...good luck!
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 11:51 PM
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Besides to be complete, yes Parasailing accidents are possible (as just seen in Florida), nevertheless comparing the possibility of suffering an accident on parasailing is far far below of the possibility of accidents on other adventure tours and vehicle tours..even though safety in this market in Cozumel is significantly high..enjoy the ride!
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