View Full Version : anyone consider a side trip to Anguilla on their own from St. Maarten?

01-06-2003, 11:20 AM
Another thread got me interested in the possiblity of going to Anguilla on our next trip to St. Maarten. (we have been there before and would prefer to see something new). After some research it appears there is a ferry for only 10 each way and that it is a 20 min trip. Anyone else ever thought of "island hopping" when in St. Maarten. It is not the most beautiful place but I heard Anguilla is.

01-06-2003, 11:29 AM
When we went on our last cruise "Ginger" put together an "excursion" of her own and a lot of "DISers" went. We didn't go, I can't remember why. When they came back, I was very jealous!!! She said they had a wonderul time and the island was beautiful.
You might want to PM "Ginger" she is wonderful and very nice. I am sure she would be very happy to help.

Also, if you do a search (if it is on) Put in Anguila, see what comes up.
Hope this helps.

01-06-2003, 11:34 AM
The search function is not working right now, I have until next december to figure it out but I am really toying with tis idea. The excursion that Disney now does have to Anguilla is a swim with the dolphins type but it is VERY pricy. It would cost almost $600 for the three of us to do so I doubt I will do that, plus you don't get to see much of Anguilla that way. "Ginger" if you happen to read this feel free to pm me or post on how you went about your planning! And if anyone else on the 12/13/03 is interested let me know.

01-06-2003, 11:52 AM
I thought about this too, but didn't and wish I had! I don't think it is very hard to do, especially if the ship is staying until later at night again like it did in November. I think you will need to take your passport with you since you are leaving the island Disney had cleared you for and entering another country.

01-06-2003, 12:14 PM
How late do we stay at St. Maarten?

01-06-2003, 12:19 PM
Here is a link I found to the ferry between St. Martin and Anguilla (this one leaves from Marigot on the French side....the ship docks in Philipsburg on the Dutch Side).


What a great idea to check out Anguilla! Thanks! Here is some more info on what to do in Anguilla http://www.frommers.com/destinations/anguilla/0174030751.html

01-06-2003, 12:44 PM
I have not been to Anguilla, but would not hesitate to venture out as it is only a 20-30 min. boat trip. We found the non Disney excursions on our own to be much cheaper, also saving time, allowing us to do, see, enjoy much more. According to 'Dolphin Fantaseas' site you can also save some money at $125 pp.
Sounds like a wonderful trip to me! :cool:


01-06-2003, 12:49 PM
I would love to do the dolphin/stingray excursion on my own to save some $. Does anyone have any additional info on this? I just worry about rough seas preventing the ferry from getting back. Am I being silly?

4nana- you beat to to posting. Still worried about getting back.

01-06-2003, 12:51 PM
No, you're not being silly, Jenny -- I would worry about getting back to the ship in time, too, even though it certainly can be done. :)

I'll be interested to hear other opinions of a side trip to Anguilla as well! :)

01-06-2003, 01:47 PM
well I am now REALLY considering this. I checked to see what could be done in the event of rough seas. (the ferry is a 20 min ride, runs every half hour) and they also have flights for about 45.00 per person which could be used if it got too rough. Although I did not hesitate at all to go to St. John which was a MUCH longer boat ride. I think it would be fun to explore a new island. My friend's boss goes there every year and says it is breathtaking-not like st. Maarten at all. Jay is laughing at me that I am thinking of this now when it is a year away. He just told me, why don't you fixate on Cape Cod (our summer trip) planning that- heck I have been going to the cape every summer for 40 years, nothing left to plan on that one :) THIS on the otherhand could be a neat adventure!

01-06-2003, 02:11 PM
We arrive in St. Maarten at 7am and depart at 7:30pm. The first ferry starts running at 8am which allows time to take a water taxi to the french side. I have been doing a lot of research on it and it looks like a beautiful non-commercial island. If we went early in the morning we would still have plenty of time in the afternoon to shop back near the ship!

There are several sites that talk about it, some even list the cab rates. here are a few if anyone is interested.




what a nice think to think about as I sit here buried in snow-and it just keeps snowing and snowing. It is sad when you have to start referring to it in matters of feet not inches anymore :)

01-06-2003, 02:17 PM
Oh my goodness...the planning so far in advance. We are going out west for 2 or 3 weeks this summer and I know absolutley nothing about it! Don't have hotel reservations except for a couple of places, don't even know quite where we'll visit. I just don't know where to begin. Luckily I found this board in the early stages of planning for our first cruise. Wish there was something like this for "the west." But, at least I'll know absolutley everything about the 7 night Western before we go back in March of "04!

01-06-2003, 02:21 PM
I'm going to plan and book a side trip from St. Maarten to Anguilla to do the dolphin/stingray experience. We are sailing on the 4/5/03 Magic - if anyone is interested in joining us, PM me and perhaps we can get a group discount.

We booked 5020, a secret porthole room, with the idea that we would spend the $$ on something special - this certainly qualifies! :bounce:

I've emailed Dolphin Fantaseas for additional details and recommendations, and will share when I have the info and plan complete.

I notice that the ship leaves St. Maarten at 7:30 p.m. now - that is earlier than our first cruise - we left around 11:30 p.m. on our cruise. Is that a new time?

Thanks everyone for posting information links on this thread - very helpful!

01-06-2003, 04:50 PM
Kendall, please post when you return as to how it went. I really want to do this even if my husband thinks I am a kook (nothing new really he often thinks this :) )

01-06-2003, 05:30 PM
Wow, what a really neat idea! My youngest (dd4) is really too young for any of the best excursions, and while I might enjoy it, dragging my family all over St. Martin shopping would be a drag for 3/4 of us.

I called the Anguilla Tourist Board here in the US and the lady was very nice, she had just returned from a Carnival cruise and took a side trip to Anguilla and told me just how to get there (shuttle from the dock to Dutch side, take ferry from there).

She also told me there is a nice area to hang out with kids around the Malliouhana Resort, they have a pirate ship playground with a water slide and several other things. $25 a kid, but hey, this is vacation, right? :) It looks like there are also several other family-oriented things to do there.

It looks simply beautiful, thanks for mentioning it, AnnMorin.

01-06-2003, 06:29 PM
what is the number for that? Never too early to amass information I say!

01-06-2003, 07:20 PM
We took the ferry last year from Marigot and it was about 20 minutes to Anguilla. We were not on a cruise. Yes, you need your passport. When we got out of the ferry port we just had a man in a taxi take us to the "nicest beach" which DH thinks it was called Le Petit Plague(?). The ride there was about 15 minutes in the pouring rain. We were 5 of maybe 10 people on the beach. I have never seen such clear water. The rain came and went all day. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and the BEST beach day we had. They had a game called the hook and the ring. DB and DH got "hooked".
Would HIGHLY recommend Anguilla. Would love to go there on vacation for a week but it is quite pricey.
The taxi driver that dropped us off picked us back up when we asked him to. On the way back to the ferry, he stopped off to pick his children up from school. It was interesting for D5(at the time) to see what the school looked like. It was a very small building that didn't look like it could hold the amount of children that were outside.
Thumbs up on Anguilla

01-06-2003, 07:35 PM
On the Anguilla web site it said that you only need a photo ID and a birth certificate if you are an American Citizen

01-06-2003, 09:08 PM
Originally posted by AnnMorin
what is the number for that? Never too early to amass information I say!

AnnMorin, here is the info for the Anguilla Tourist Board in the USA:

Anguilla Tourist Board
Marketing Office
111 Decatur Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Tel.: 267-880-3511
Fax: 267-880-3507
Email: enterprisefx@aol.com

When I talked to them they confirmed that you would only need a birth certificate and photo ID if you did not have a passport.

01-06-2003, 09:40 PM
This thread interested me because i have always wanted to visit the island of Anguilla ever since reading this book.

If you are at all interested in this island you must read it! It's all about a couple that MOVE to this island and start their own restaraunt... etc....

Very good read... and gives you a sense of this island and it's beauty!!!

The book is called : A Trip To the Beach, by: Melinda and Robert Blanchard, lets see if this link works.


I love to read... anyone want to read and discuss this???


01-06-2003, 09:49 PM
Jodie that looks like a GREAT book! :) I may just have to pick that up and read it myself...

01-06-2003, 10:10 PM
Has anyone gone with Disney on this one? I know it costs alot but I would like to know how it was. Did you get to do both the dolphins and the stingrays for the price?

01-06-2003, 10:51 PM
Originally posted by JODIELYN
This thread interested me because i have always wanted to visit the island of Anguilla ever since reading this book.

If you are at all interested in this island you must read it!

I am always looking for a good book, and I am very interested in the island and also planning a visit at the end of this month. Also, I had one item picked out at B&N and couldn't decide on a second one... you fixed that for me! My order is on its way. So a double thank you to you, Jodie! :)

01-07-2003, 07:18 AM
Here is a handy reference chart showing what ID is acceptable for entering St. Maarten: http://www.travel-guide.com/data/stm/stm040.asp

and Anguilla:

Hopefully this will help some of our international DISers too!

01-07-2003, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by kendall
[B]Here is a handy reference chart showing what ID is acceptable for entering St. Maarten: http://www.travel-guide.com/data/stm/stm040.asp

and Anguilla:

The information seems to be correct and up to date, but I would be concerned about relying on a 3rd party who wouldn't necessarily keep the information up to date.

The U.S. State Department has up-to-date "Consular Information Sheets" for most countries available on its web site, including the latest travel and terrorism alerts. As one would expect, this does not include entry requirements for non-U.S. nationals.

For St. Maarten:

For Anguilla:
Also, while most Caribbean countries will accept an original birth certificate and driver's license, these are much easier to forge and do not carry the same weight as an official passport. 99.9% of the time it makes no difference. However, I wouldn't be caught without outside the states without a passport, just on the off chance that I might need to travel to a country that requires it. For kids traveling with one parent this is doubly important because a passport is incontrovertible proof that both parents have, at one time, agreed to international travel. Will a birth certificate and a notarized letter be accepted? Sure, 99.99% of the time. It's certainly not a requirement, it's just a little insurance. I hope you don't think I'm jumping all over you, I'm just a little cautious when it comes to international travel, even if it on the mother of all organized tours, a cruise ship.


01-07-2003, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by MelissaE1
I am always looking for a good book, and I am very interested in the island and also planning a visit at the end of this month. Also, I had one item picked out at B&N and couldn't decide on a second one... you fixed that for me! My order is on its way. So a double thank you to you, Jodie! :)

I love to read and this is one of my all time favorite books. Reading this transported me here and i almost hated to finish the book!

Please let me know what you think... and let me know if i should be jealous about you going to Anguilla!


01-07-2003, 02:30 PM
Ok, I mentioned I would investigate this excursion. Here is the scoop so far. I'm looking at how the numbers add up compared to Disney. I contacted Fantaseas directly and they indicated they do offer a discount to Disney, which when I add the numbers, may be the case.

St. Maarten to Anguilla Fantaseas Dolphin & Stingray experience

priced separately:
taxi from dock to ferry - ?
ferry from St. Maarten to Anguilla - $20/per person, round triphttp://link.ai/
taxi on St. Maarten - ?
fantaseas experience - $125 (if booked directly, regardless of age) http://www.dolphinfantaseas.com/
lunch on St. Maarten - $10/per person

That adds up to $155 so far, without the ? fares.

From Disney's website:
Anguilla Dolphin & Stingray Encounter (7 - 7.5 hours)

Swim, feed and play with dolphins while learning fascinating facts about them. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera (underwater cameras are not allowed in the water). For a perfect ending to a memorable morning, take time for fun and sun on the beach at beautiful Meads Bay, where you can enjoy an authentic Caribbean barbecue lunch.

Adult Price: $180 (ages 10 and above)
Child Price: $158 (ages 5-9)
Departure Time: 7:30 am


Usually it is considerably more cost effective to do excursions on your own, however for the minimal price difference of $25 or less, I would be inclined to book through Disney on this one.

I'm curious why this excursion hasn't been mentioned as having been done on the boards - I've seen questions about it, but no one mentioning they have done it.

01-07-2003, 04:18 PM
I believe it is a new excursion. I know it was not available in Dec of 2001 when we last did the Eastern. My desire to go to Anguilla really does not stem from the dolphin/stingray experience. We did the stingrays in grand cayman this past December and I would think it would be hard to top that -especially since they are not in a pen or anything, just in the wild free to come and go as they wish. The dolphins you can do many places, I think I would save that for a trip to Florida. I just like seeing other cultures and islands. The beaches there are (from my friends boss) some of the most beautiful and unspoiled in the world. I like the idea of goats roaming free etc. That is why I am considering going over. I agree that the price difference is negligable and if that was what I was looking to do I probably would just book it with Disney so that I was gaurenteed to make it back to the boat. (the one thing that concerns me a tad bit but not much :) )

01-08-2003, 06:54 PM
OK, I went back into my files and this is what I found...Iím so gladyouíre interested in my secret island get-a-way. My beach paradise for the day was the beautiful island ofAnguilla and it is very easy to visit for the day from St. Martin on the Frenchside. Here are my instructions forgetting to Shoal Bay, which I think, is the most glorious beach Iíve ever seen.Enjoy!!! You will not be sorry youlived in this heavenly spot for the day.
When youget off the ship in St. Martin (Phillipsburg) Dutch side of the island, go tothe taxi stand area and tell the attendant you want to go to Marigot harbor tothe Anguilla ferry. You will probably pour into a van with others because lotsof people like to shop in Marigot but not many take the ferry to Anguilla fromthe cruise ships. You will be glad to have the beach for yourself Iím sure. Thecost is approx. $6/adult and $3/child one-way and the ride lasts about 20minutes. Ask driver to drop you off in front of ferry area. See ferry attendant to fill out deportation form,pay deportation tax, and show proof of citizenship. Form is short and all ofthis will take about 2-5 minutes unless you have to wait in a short line butusually a ferry only takes about 20-25 people each time. Tax is $1/person adultor child and we used our driverís licenses and birth certificates (make sure ithas a raised seal) for proof of citizenship. Ask what time the last ferry comes back from Anguilla. Usually it is 5:30 or 6:00 pm. I believe the ferry was leaving on an hourlybasis during the day that we went. We left the ship about 9:15 to 9:30 and wewere on Shoal Bay at 11:00 am. We stayed until 4:30 pm. On board the ferry, theattendant will come around and collect a ferry charge $10/adult and $5/childfor one-way passage. The ferry ridelasts about 15-20 minutes and it was a very relaxing easy passage. We took 4adults and 4 children (ages 12 months-8 years old). On arrival in Anguilla you will walk thru Customs and an officerwill look briefly at your docs and check you off the list. This took 5 minutesfor all of us to pass. Go to the taxi area right outside of this building andtell one of the drivers you want to go to Shoal Bay. Walter Vanderpool was ourdriver and if you only have a party of 3 or 4 he can take you. If you need avan just ask one of the other drivers. He is just my favorite driver andambassador of Anguilla. He also has agreat singing voice. He gave mychildren some beautiful conch shells too. If you use him please tell him we said hello and canít wait to visit himagain. The taxi ride will last 15 to 20minutes and cost approx. $6/adult $3/child one-way. Be sure to tell them what time you wish to return and they willbe there to pick you up.
Now, youare in paradise!!! When you exit yourtaxi and walk on to Shoal Bay you need to ask for Pressure King anotherinfamous ambassador of Anguilla. Hewill arrange for your umbrella/chair/float rental for the day. He has been at this site for many years andcan answer a lot of your questions about this beautiful English island. He has a web site if you want to check itout at www.news.ai . If you want to ride in a glass bottom boat,see Junior. He might find you since heoften walks up and down the beach. He will take you out for just about anylength of time. I think he chargesabout $20/hour but you could do less or more and usually he takes the kids forfree. Uncle Ernieís is a grill and barright on the beach and there is a bathroom but no showers are here. The sand is very fine and it just falls offanyway without much effort. The peopleat Shoal and on this island are the nicest my family has ever encountered whiletraveling the Caribbean. Please takethe time to enjoy this place and tell them how much you loved it. Have a wonderful time. You will really appreciate this quietpeaceful place after being on the ship for 3 days with 2000 people. Take your cameras so you can show all. Ifyou have any other questions just email them to clmkirk@aol.com.
P.S. Do take snorkeling equipment. This can be a good siteto see fish if you go to the right on the beach out about 20 feet.

sorry so long. Hope this helps

01-08-2003, 07:15 PM
Thanks Trac! Iam going to have to print this out,.. I DEFINATELY am getting psyched about going thank you!

01-08-2003, 10:14 PM

I can't wait to hear more... someday i will go there!


01-09-2003, 09:00 AM
Tink Happy: Thanks so much for your info. We did the exact same thing but we could not remember the beach we went to. It was Shoal Bay. WE LOVED IT!! I think the name of the place we sat outside of was Le Petit Plage. I am really debating now whether we should stick to our plans of renting a car in St. Martin or going to Anguilla again. We have been to St. Martin 3 times. Once on DC and twice for week long vacations. Tough decision.

01-09-2003, 10:03 AM
Always glad to help when I can.:bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

01-09-2003, 01:31 PM
These have all been such great suggestions. Thanks especially to Tink Happy for providing so many details!

I've never been super interested in visiting St. Maarten/St. Martin, but I have changed my mind! A visit to Anguilla just sounds so dreamlike!

01-09-2003, 07:25 PM
Hi All, Tracy has emailed me saying that there are some Anguilla seeker abaord. Folks after my own heart. We went to Anguilla while on our Halloween Cruise Oct of 2001. It was beautiful there the people are so friendly we didn't want to leave. It was very easy to get there. I am going to double check on the rates before I quote anything, but I remember it only cost each adult $57.00 round trip that included cabs to and from Marigot the ferry ride to and from and the cab to and from Shoal Bay Beach. Don't be afraid to do this excursion on your own the folks on Anguilla will not let you miss the ship. We were taken care of from the minute we got to the Marigot ferry all the way back to the Magic. More details coming I have to reasearch my trip report for names and prices. If I find it still on the trip report board I will bump it up so everyone can read it. Be right back!

01-09-2003, 07:29 PM
I don't go again until Dec. 2003 but this is something I really want to do, I would love any and all info you have! thanks bunches in advance Ann

01-09-2003, 07:40 PM
O.K. I found it and bumped up my old trip report " The best vacation Part 2. It has the details and the cost of our journey remeber the rates are now 2 years old. I sure wish I was going with you, maybe in the year 2004 we will return. :bounce:

01-09-2003, 07:48 PM
I just cut and paste it into my word processor program to save and read before we go! thanks again

01-10-2003, 02:03 PM
MelissaE1: Are you definately going to go to Anguilla. We are on your cruise and are debating it. We may wait up until that day to decide what to do. I'd like to get off the boat as soon as we can and get over to Marigot to catch the ferry. we are early risers so it shouldn't be a problem. It is a lot to do in a day and my kids are 6 and 4 and don't want to make us feel pushed. The ship leaves late so not so much worried about missing the ship but did want to do some shopping in St. Martin.
Our plans were to rent a car in St. Martin but weren't going to reserve ahead of time anyway. I gguess we are definate maybe's?!

01-12-2003, 09:03 AM
Pigelet and all, Anguilla is a must do. I promise you will fall in love with this island just a my family has. I people who live on Anguilla are the nicest poeple you will ever meet. The beach we visited Shoal Bay East is like a picture out of a story book just a perfect white sanded beach, the clear blue water, not many people. The closest place to heaven without going there. You've just got to see it.

We have full plates for this year and no time for WDW or a cruise but in 2004 we are going back there. Maybe Dreams Unlimited can set us up a Disney Cruise Special for all of us Anguilla seekers. We found Oct. to be the perfect month for us.

01-12-2003, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by pigelet
MelissaE1: Are you definately going to go to Anguilla.

Hi Carolyn,

I guess it depends on who you ask, me or DH. lol. I am definite about it, after reading all the great stuff on this thread and also picking up the book Jodie recommended (great so far.) DH has a tendency to worry about things like getting back to the ship on time and not doing organized excursions. I am the "just do it" person. I guess we keep each other balanced. :)

Anyway we are definitely leaning that way, I think we are going to go. Or I'll go without him! lol. j/k.

01-12-2003, 04:06 PM
I think you should go... :smooth: :smooth: if only so you can give me a play by play for our next cruise... (have no idea when it is...)

And... I can't wait to hear about it from the perspective of someone who has read "A trip to the Beach"

Just my humble opinion


01-12-2003, 04:49 PM
I hope you go ! If you do please report in! Jodi I plan on getting that book to read at the Cape this summer to get more psyched about going. Maybe I can get DH to read it too-although he usually just likes sports books or biographys.

03-11-2003, 02:02 AM
Well Ann, Jodie and anyone else interested in Anguilla, I was cleaning out some of my virtual "bookmarks" and came across one for this thread! Thought I'd post that we did indeed go to Anguilla and it was a most interesting experience. (From my point of view, anyway.)

Here's my report: We got off the ship, had no trouble finding a taxi to the other side of St. Martin, they practically herd you into one (in a nice way.) We got to St. Martin, the taxi driver pointed out the ferry dock, and we walked over. The people there left a lot to be desired in friendliness IMHO. There are a bunch of different ferries and the one we got going over was beautiful, you could sit on the open top and watch the ride. The water was gorgeous as was the weather. When we arrived there we went through customs in a matter of a few moments, the people were very helpful. We asked for a taxi driver that was recommended but he wasn't available so we got Ulridge Brooks. He was older, pretty laconic but very educated and he answered my many questions patiently. He was very nice considering we found out later that his sister had died that morning. I wanted a tour of the island after reading the book "A Trip to the Beach" and he drove us around the whole thing, including a stop to take a picture of "Blanchard's" from the book. It was closed during the day, so a picture was all I got. I was personally surprised that a lot of the island was kind of plain and scrubby, but it was fascinating to talk to Mr. Brooks and find out so many great things, about the people, the schools, vacations, coconuts (did you know when they are green they are called "jellies?") and the fact that people live with their parents for years while they build a little onto their houses at a time when they can afford to. The houses are made from ugly cement bricks because they can withstand hurricanes much better than other materials. There don't have cattle on the island because there is no grass, but there are goats everywhere because they eat anything. Our driver said that when he was little they grew their own produce, but the climate has changed so much that they now have to import it from Dominica because of lack of water. Anyway, that was the educational part of our trip... my kids slept through it and my husband wished he could have. lol.

Then we were taken to Shoal Bay to a little restaurant called "Le Beach Bar and Grill." It was neat, open to the beach on one side, wooden floor, etc. The beach itself was absolutely breathtaking. The kids played "rings" and we had a reasonable lunch (reasonable until the bill came... a $25 lunch ended up being $60 because of miscellanous taxes!) and we then went for a swim and hung out on the beach for a while. The sand is amazing, little bits of crunched up shell, but very soft. The water is the perfect turquoise blue that you expect from a caribbean paradise.

Our driver picked us up 2 hours later and took us back to the ferry (ugh, this one was broken down, closed in, and had busted up airline seats inside it!) and we ferried back to St. Martin.

So, if you are wanting to go visit, it was very easy to do, and I think it is worth it just to see what it's like. You can't really get lost or confused and it's easy to get back on time for the ship (my DH was worried about this). The beach was very pretty. I am glad we went although I probably would not do it again for just one day. Unless you are really into local history or fact finding (I am) I would suggest going straight to the beach and hanging out.

If anyone has any questions I would be glad to answer them!

03-11-2003, 07:30 AM
You are awsome! thanks for remembering to post! What an interesting day you had! And you got to see Blanchards! Are you able to share your picture? I'd love to see the real thing.

Just a side note... i just ordered a book written by the blanchards of recipes they use a the restaraunt.

Glad you are back safe...

03-11-2003, 08:06 AM
Thank you for posting! I have been thinking about Anguilla a lot lately. What did the cab ride cost? How about the ferry?

03-11-2003, 08:09 AM
Really? A $25 lunch became $60 after taxes? How did they explain/justify such exhorbitant taxes?

03-11-2003, 09:22 AM
Hi Jodie,

I would be happy to email you some pictures... you can send me your email address at MelissaE1@aol.com.

That book sounds wonderful, I'd love to hear how you like it. :)

03-11-2003, 09:30 AM
Originally posted by AnnMorin
Thank you for posting! I have been thinking about Anguilla a lot lately. What did the cab ride cost? How about the ferry?

The taxi was $5 pp one way from St. Maarten to the other side of the island, we rode in a van with other people. I think the ferry was about $10 one way, half for kids, but I might be a touch off. It's very close to that. We paid our taxi driver about $65 including a nice tip for our tour of Anguilla and trip to Shoal Bay. He was worth it IMHO! :)

03-11-2003, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by Dave_from_Marietta
Really? A $25 lunch became $60 after taxes? How did they explain/justify such exhorbitant taxes?

Hi Dave,

I might have exaggerated a touch, I think lunch was closer to $35 and $25 in taxes. The taxes were definitely more than $20. My DH paid and he didn't ask too many questions, but after reading the Blanchard's book it seems that importing the food is incredibly expensive and duty, etc. is exorbitant. Just wanted to forewarn other people so they are not as shocked as I was!

03-25-2003, 11:36 PM
I also wanted to book the Dolphin and Stingray Encounter directly through Dolphin Fantaseas because the excursion is full for the week we are cruising (May 3)...I contacted Dolphin Fantaseas by phone and was told that you MUST book through the cruiseline. I don't know why they have the price listed as $125pp if they won't let you book on your own.

03-26-2003, 07:20 AM
emmak, when I was researching this excursion (see page 2 of this thread) I spoke with the FantaSeas folks - when DCL is in port they sell all their space to DCL and indeed, told me also that they want folks to book directly through DCL and have worked a discount with DCL and a special day of activities. Looking at the costs on p2 and the subsequent posts, if you were to do this excursion yourself, at this point the cumulative cost would go higher than DCL's price.

I'm sorry the dolphin/stingray excursion is full on your trip - have you tried the Golden Eagle catamaran? That excursion receives consistently good reviews here on the DIS. We did that excursion 2 years ago and enjoyed it!

03-26-2003, 08:03 AM
How far in advance did you try to book the dolphin fantaseas with Disney? I know they only have 20 slots but I didn't think that at $180.00 per person it would fill up too fast.

03-27-2003, 08:01 PM
Hi. I called and booked the dolphin excursion on March 13 (cruising May 3) and cancelled it prematurely on the 14th. My Mom will be traveling with us and she was going to do this excursion with me (Dad and Grampa would watch 2 and 4 year old) but she decided not to when hearing the cost, so I cancelled instead of holding the reservation until we were 100% sure. Well, after thinking about it for one day we decided it might be a one time opportunity (I have always wanted to swim with the dolphins) so I called on March 15th to re-book and it was sold out. I have been calling everyday to see if there are any cancellations, no luck yet. That will teach me!!!!
It would have been nice but we are planning another cruise in 2 years so I will be sure to book immediately and not cancel!!!