|03-06-2013, 04:17 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Heads up on Stingray city/Cayman excursion!
I, myself, did not do stingrays in the Caymans...but I'd love to give you all a heads up on what I heard about it while we were cruising on the Magic last week.
When we were in the Caymans, there were also a lot of LARGE cruise ships there that day. People think of looking on the 'cruise ships at port' list on other websites. It is great to look and to know how many ships will be at port with you, but I did that and the cruise ships that came in from other countries were NOT LISTED on that list...that added 2 MEGA HUGE ships to the port on the day we were in the Caymans.
Knowing that, there were MANY, MANY, MANY people in the Caymans who wanted to do the Sting ray City excursions. Sting ray City excursions have no 'max population', due to the fact that there are several different companies who book excursions to do it.
The day that we were in port, there was us and 4 other very large ships. The people who went to sting ray city were very upset that they chose to go there. There were TONS of people there and the sting ray's were very hard to spend time with, because if one came close by, 20-30 people would try to get over to it at the same time.
We were talking about it with about 4-5 other families who tried to do it, the night right after when we all were sitting in the pool/hot tub area. Not one of those families was happy with it. Maybe there were other families with better experiances, but out of those 4-5 families, they all wished they would have done something different.
They all were upset about the boats floating around so close to the people, there were MANY MANY boats and MANY MANY people, which led to less time with the rays themselves and more frustration.
Maybe it was just an 'odd' day, but please think twice about doing this excursion if there are A LOT of big ships in port. I've heard that stingray city is a great place and there are MANY people who've had nothing but amazing experiances there...I don't know what their situation was- maybe there were less boats docked that day, maybe they went at a different time of the day. All I know is that there were a lot of mad people who did the sting ray excursion the day that we were docked in the Caymans.
Like I said, I did not do it- but hearing the other complaints made me happy that I didn't do it. I wouldn't want someone else to go through that knowing how expensive an excursion is. Obviously, many people have had nothing but wonderful experiances there- or it wouldn't be such a popular thing to do- I am just trying to give you a heads up to do a little more research before booking it to the people who are new to it.
Feb/March 2013...FIRST CRUISE (certainly NOT the last!)...July 2012, 4 nights Paridise Pier Disneyland...Sept. 2011, 4 nights pop century 3 nights AKL...March 2011, 11 nights pop century on dinning plan...May 2010, 8 nights all-inclusive Dreams Cabo...December 2010, 5 nights-Royal Pacific Universal resort...October 2009, 5 nights Wilderness Lodge...February 2009, 10 nights split between pop century and animal kingdom lodge...December 2007, 7 nights pop century
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