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Old 02-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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DD and I signed up for parasailing at our stop in Castaway Cay. How safe is it? If you have done it would you do it again? Experiences?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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I tried parasailing for the first time with my daughter at CC 2 years ago. I'm pretty scared of heights but my daughter wanted to try it and I figured it was probably going to be safer with Disney than with anyone else. It was fabulous! I felt completely safe the whole time and the views were incredible. We enjoyed it so much we tried to do it again last year but it was cancelled due to windy weather; while we were disappointed we were glad to see they were concerned about safety first. Going to try again in a few weeks and can't wait! Definitely recommend it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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I did it on CC in August of last year. I'm not crazy about heights but I LOVED it. I was scared at first when they first put you into the harness and when you start to lift off of the boat, but after that I was fine. We had a great day, not too windy and bright/sunny. It was wonderful and I felt very safe once I was in the air. I didn't even feel like I was moving at all and the views are so pretty.

FYI I also dragged my 75 year old mother (not a risk taker ) with me along with my cousin and his 12 year old son. We all had a great time.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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Are you allowed to take your camera or video camera up with up?
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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Absolutely, take a disposable one to be safe. Make sure to secure it with a strap around your wrist. If you want, bring a second camera and ask one of the other people to snap a few shots of you getting harnessed up and taking off...
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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Loved it, would totally do it again. It was peaceful and quiet once you got up and away from the noise of the boat. The views of the ship and Castaway Cay were amazing. It's not scary at all. I ended up making friends with several of the people on the parasailing boat. It was a great experience and I'm glad I did it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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I did it on CC in August of last year. I'm not crazy about heights but I LOVED it. I was scared at first when they first put you into the harness and when you start to lift off of the boat, but after that I was fine. We had a great day, not too windy and bright/sunny. It was wonderful and I felt very safe once I was in the air. I didn't even feel like I was moving at all and the views are so pretty.

FYI I also dragged my 75 year old mother (not a risk taker ) with me along with my cousin and his 12 year old son. We all had a great time.
Anyone remember the prices to parasail on CC?

Has anyone gone in St. Maarten or St. Thomas?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:57 AM   #8
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Loved parasailing on CC! Would absolutely do it again! Felt very safe the whole time and the view was amazing!
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:10 AM   #9
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I tried parasailing for the first time with my daughter at CC 2 years ago. I'm pretty scared of heights but my daughter wanted to try it and I figured it was probably going to be safer with Disney than with anyone else. It was fabulous! I felt completely safe the whole time and the views were incredible. We enjoyed it so much we tried to do it again last year but it was cancelled due to windy weather; while we were disappointed we were glad to see they were concerned about safety first. Going to try again in a few weeks and can't wait! Definitely recommend it.
My DH and I did parasailing on the 2/8/13 Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Fantasy and I can tell you it is not scary, actually quite relaxing once you are up in the air. However, it was a overcast day at Cataway Cay and it started raining 30 minutes before we were suppose to get on the boat for the parasailing. I thought they would cancel the excursion but they didn't and we did not want to be out $79.00 each so we went anyway. There were 4 other groups with us that apparently also decided they didn't want to lose that kind of money. By the time we were far enough out to do the parasailing it was pouring rain. With the speed of the boat added in, it felt like having a sea salt scrub and acupunture at the same time - very unpleasant. When it was our time to go up, it was raining so heavy that we could not see a thing once we were up in the air. If it had not been raining, it would have been nice but the rain spoiled the entire experience. I would still do it again, but if it is raining the next time, I will just lose the money and not do it in the rain. I really think they should have canceled the excursion and given everyone their money back since the weather was so horrible. I know you always take a risk regarding weather when you book an excursion but most excursions will be canceled for bad weather. Anyway, as long as it is nice weather, I would recommend that you do the parasailing.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:23 AM   #10
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My DH and I did parasailing on the 2/8/13 Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Fantasy and I can tell you it is not scary, actually quite relaxing once you are up in the air. However, it was a overcast day at Cataway Cay and it started raining 30 minutes before we were suppose to get on the boat for the parasailing. I thought they would cancel the excursion but they didn't and we did not want to be out $79.00 each so we went anyway. There were 4 other groups with us that apparently also decided they didn't want to lose that kind of money. By the time we were far enough out to do the parasailing it was pouring rain. With the speed of the boat added in, it felt like having a sea salt scrub and acupunture at the same time - very unpleasant. When it was our time to go up, it was raining so heavy that we could not see a thing once we were up in the air. If it had not been raining, it would have been nice but the rain spoiled the entire experience. I would still do it again, but if it is raining the next time, I will just lose the money and not do it in the rain. I really think they should have canceled the excursion and given everyone their money back since the weather was so horrible. I know you always take a risk regarding weather when you book an excursion but most excursions will be canceled for bad weather. Anyway, as long as it is nice weather, I would recommend that you do the parasailing.
We parasailed on 2/8/13 Eastern cruise as well in the afternoon and it was overcast. I'm sorry your experience was not the best it could be! By the time DD (12) and I went up it was misting/light rain. Despite the conditions we had a great time but clear sunny weather would have been the ideal. We were dipped 3x and had a wonderful, long ride. This was our second time to parasail at CC and it was pretty windy.

Just curious, did you parasail in the morning? We were snorkeling during the AM rain and when it rained there was a downspout. Not sure where that was in proximity to the parasailing. It would be scary to see a downspout nearby while parasailing!
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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I am going to check the website because I want to do this also. Did you feel you had enough time to spend at cc? or should I say - did it take too much time away from your day at cc?
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We actually had a bit of a scary experience in 2011 during a parasailing excursion at Castaway Cay. My DH and DS (aged 9) were up in the air, and the boat we were on (below) hit a large piece of rope, which killed the motor. Apparently, Castaway Cay sits near a shipping lane, and sometimes "garbage" from the cargo ships passing is just left to drift along....So their parasail dropped them down lightly into the ocean. It was very slow and gentle, and they didn't even know what was going on at first, because the boat operators like to bring people down to splash their feet and legs before lifting them back in the air again. However, they started to "reel" them in right away in the water, and my husband was struggling to get my son un-latched from the equipment, since he was in front and the water was in his face. Once he got him unlatched, he turned him around into his chest, and all was fine as they were reeled the rest of the way in. So pay attention to that safety briefing - it was very important to know how to unlatch yourself and your child, if this ever happens. Other than that one experience, we've parasailed several times, and it's WONDERFUL. We will definitely go again some day soon. The tour company transferred everyone to a new boat, when they couldn't immediately resolve the issue with the motor and DS and DH got to go up again, which was fabulous - two trips for the price of one, with a little excitement thrown in to boot! And DS had a great story about his emergency at sea and his calm response and bravery to tell his classmates and Cub Scout Troop.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #13
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We are looking at doing this next cruise also.

For those who have done it - how wet do you get? Do they dip you in the water? I would prefer not to get too wet.

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We've been parasailing twice at CC - loved it!

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For those who have done it - how wet do you get? Do they dip you in the water? I would prefer not to get too wet.
You don't have to get wet at all if you don't want to.

They'll dip your toes, or right up to your neck if you want - just let them know your preference before you go up.

First time they dunked my DH to his waist and me just past my ankles. Second time, DH with DD got only a little wet and I was reeled straight back onto the boat.
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Only the people that are doing the actual parasailing excursion can come on the boat. It's basically like a winch, when you are up in the air, they just reel you back in.
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