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sweetpee_1993 02-24-2013 07:54 PM

Grand Cayman/Native Way..time..so unsure about it all!
 
We will be going on the Fantasy Western at the end of May. My family has cruised 4 times but this will be our first time ever in a port where we tender. I've been reading and reading trying to get as much info as I can about how everything will go down with the tendering process so I can get an idea what time we'll actually be on the island at Grand Cayman. I've booked a private charter thru Native Way for my family and my brother's family. On the confirmation email this is what it said about the meeting time:

The tour departs the pier at 11:30 AM Central Daylight Saving Time (this is ship time). The tour completes at around 2:45 PM Central Daylight Saving Time. We ask that you check in no later than 11:15 AM Central Daylight Saving Time (this is ship time).

My problem is our itinerary gives our all-ashore time as 11:30. So, um, no idea how we'll make it to meet for the tour 15 minutes before we will be going ashore unless the ship routinely arrives early. :confused3

I sent an email back questioning the tour time. Really, we need to leave more like noon. :thumbsup2

For those who booked themselves thru Native Way, where did you meet? Is it far from where the tenders let you off? Did your confirmations have time conflicts like this? I mentioned in my reservation request that we are coming in on the Disney Fantasy so I'm hoping they are taking the usual Fantasy schedule into account. Maybe there's something I'm missing. I don't know.

Has anyone else done the private charter with Native Way before? How did it go for you?

Imedley200 02-24-2013 08:57 PM

We cruised the Magic in November and used Native Way. Boat time and Grand Cayman time are the same (this was a major confusion on our trip because we had the time change). Tendering was pretty easy and the meeting place for Native Way is right as you walk through the gate at the pier. I would at least allow 30 minutes after the tender time. The whole process was smooth but just in case you arrive late or don't get on the first tender you would have a buffer. I emailed Sharon a couple times and she was pretty quick to reply. We loved our tour with them! We did the Stingray, Coral Garden and Starfish snorkel. Andrew and Andrew were our guides and the stingrays were a once in a lifetime experience! Hope you get everything worked out and Enjoy!

MikeAndNick 02-24-2013 10:40 PM

We did the Sting Ray City and Snorkel with Native Way Watersports. Sharon is who we worked with and she was great. They adjusted the time and itinerary to match our ship time in port. Just communicate with Sharon and they will be waiting for you when you get off the ship and they will make sure you are back before it takes off again. One of the people with our DISboard meet group found them and let us know. We ended up filling three of their boats for the excursion.

sweetpee_1993 02-25-2013 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Imedley200 (Post 47617431)
We cruised the Magic in November and used Native Way. Boat time and Grand Cayman time are the same (this was a major confusion on our trip because we had the time change). Tendering was pretty easy and the meeting place for Native Way is right as you walk through the gate at the pier. I would at least allow 30 minutes after the tender time. The whole process was smooth but just in case you arrive late or don't get on the first tender you would have a buffer. I emailed Sharon a couple times and she was pretty quick to reply. We loved our tour with them! We did the Stingray, Coral Garden and Starfish snorkel. Andrew and Andrew were our guides and the stingrays were a once in a lifetime experience! Hope you get everything worked out and Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by MikeAndNick (Post 47618468)
We did the Sting Ray City and Snorkel with Native Way Watersports. Sharon is who we worked with and she was great. They adjusted the time and itinerary to match our ship time in port. Just communicate with Sharon and they will be waiting for you when you get off the ship and they will make sure you are back before it takes off again. One of the people with our DISboard meet group found them and let us know. We ended up filling three of their boats for the excursion.

Thanks, y'all. Definitely puts my mind at ease. I read a bad review over on Cruise Critic where a person said they arrived for check-in on-time but was left behind by the group they were supposed to be in. They ended up placed on some other operator's boat and didn't have such a fab time. Considering ours is a private charter I don't guess they'd leave without us. LOL! I replied to the confirmation email which I haven't heard back from just yet. Worst case, when I get a phone call for credit card confirmation I'll ask if we can change to a noon or 12:30 departure. If that's not doable then I won't give the credit card info. :thumbsup2

micheleq 02-25-2013 11:56 AM

We did a tour with them last February and they were great to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. We were on the Magic so our arrival time was much earlier than yours.

Sharon was lovely to work with, and our Captain Chris and first mate CJ were fantastic. I'm sure you'll have no problems adjusting your time, especially since it's a private charter. Enjoy!!

sparklechicks 02-25-2013 12:47 PM

Native Way was amazing! Sharon took care of us! Our group really wanted to do the Stingrays, Coral Reef and Starfish so Sharon made sure that happened. We filled two boats and she provide drinks for the kids and adult beverages for the bigger kids :rotfl2:

The crew was amazing and very patient. When we go back to Grand Cayman next year my kids have asked to do the rays again. They loved them! And I wont use anyone but Native Way!

sparklechicks 02-25-2013 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeAndNick (Post 47618468)
We did the Sting Ray City and Snorkel with Native Way Watersports. Sharon is who we worked with and she was great. They adjusted the time and itinerary to match our ship time in port. Just communicate with Sharon and they will be waiting for you when you get off the ship and they will make sure you are back before it takes off again. One of the people with our DISboard meet group found them and let us know. We ended up filling three of their boats for the excursion.

It was such a great time Mike! Did you get the pictures I sent of you and Nick from the trip?


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