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Old 03-06-2013, 10:54 PM   #16
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Very happy to see this review! It's on my list for our Nov. Fantasy cruise. Excited to hear most of the younger kids with no snorkeling experience liked it. My boys will be 6 & 8 & have never snorkeled. They did, however, get a mask & snorkel from their grandparents as a gift so are at least familiar with how they work so that's a start!
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #17
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Great Report

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I cannot tell you in words how great the "FURY sail, snorkel and beach" excursion was!

I was a little nervous about it, because they offered drinks (beer/margaritas and soda) and was wondering if a lot of people would drink a little too much and ruin the time...it was NOT an issue at all. In fact, most groups on board were families!

We got off of the Magic, walked a little ways down the dock and the Catamaran was right at the same dock that we were at! It could not have been more easy! No shuttles, no taxi's, no long walk anywhere!

My family and I had NEVER snorkeled before, so we were all newbies! The catamaran took us to a reef and explained all of the safety rules. This company is all about safety. We never felt worried or scared for one second. Once we reached the reef, we were able to get into the water for a half an hour. We saw zebra fish (MANY, MANY, MANY of them!!!), a HUGE piro fish (so large that some mom and her son kept saying it was a baby whale...ummm no- no whale, but it was huge!), jellyfish (yes, my daughter and I got stung, but it didn't really hurt much at all- just left a little red spot on our arm and it wasn't even enough to make us want to move away). The water was so clear, we could see EVERYTHING around us for A LONG ways. It was beautiful.

Even if you aren't a snorkeler- or if you get kids who are to scared to get in the water (not many of them were too scared when they saw all of the other kids in the water), you can choose to stay on board. Even if you stay on board, this excursion is still worth every penny!

After the snorkeling time, everyone gets back on the catamaran and you take a nice, relaxing ride to their private beach. This ride is when they open up the drinks/bar area and they serve margaritas, beer and soda. They come around asking you if you want more or if you need anything. They were totally there to serve you and make your excursion relaxing and fun!

Once you get to the beach, you have access to the most beautiful beach with palm/coconut trees everywhere! The sand is SUPER SOFT and easy to walk on, there are beach chairs, LOTS of hammocks, a few large beach beds to lay out on, a drink area where you continue to get free drinks, and a place that sells food. The water activities are amazing, with kayaks, water slide, inflated water mountains and other things. We had 1 hour at the beach- I could have spent another hour or two there! It was private, with only fury guests allowd to be there. There were plenty of chairs and hammocks for everyone and it never felt crowded, because they limit the number of people that are there all at once!

On the way back to the ship dock, they provided entertainment on the front deck- music and dancing, beverages still offered. It was beautiful to see the Magic at dock as we were riding back. Best day ever!

I would highly recommend this excursion for everyone. The company has some wonderful people working for them and they'll give you a lot of great times and wonderful memories!
We did shopping at Cozumel, spent pesos, watched the catamarans from our stateroom when they came back. This will be our next trip when we go again to WC. Thanks for your report.

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:57 PM   #18
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Did you still have time to get out to Cozumel at all? We want to get us all shirts. hoping there is time!
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #19
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Thanks for taking the time to describe your experience! We've got this one booked for our upcoming cruise, and I was worried about what to do if my DD freaked out over snorkeling. Instead of worrying about it, now I'm looking forward to it!
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #20
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Did you still have time to get out to Cozumel at all? We want to get us all shirts. hoping there is time!
Yes you will have plenty of time. The Fury drops you off at the pier right at your ship but if you go through the gates towards Cozumel there is a nice shopping center right there with EVERYTHING you'd want to shop for. As with any Mexican port be prepared for some gentle pressure to "come in my shop" but it isn't bad. Have fun!
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #21
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Yay - We're doing this next month - can't wait! We did the Rio Secreto over the summer in Cozumel and it was such a huge hit, I am hoping this one isn't a disappointment!
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #22
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They did, however, get a mask & snorkel from their grandparents as a gift so are at least familiar with how they work so that's a start!
Even better! Let them practice with their snorkel masks and everything BEFORE they go. That way, when they get in the water it won't be a surprize to them about how they have to breath differently or anything like that. It's really not THAT big of an issue, but if they know that it will be different before hand- it could be helpful.

One bit of info is Do not bring your snorkeling stuff with you- they have all of it on board already. A few families brought theirs with on our excursion and they were upset that they even bothered packing it, because it was just not needed.


And, to others- yes, there is plenty of time for shopping! We went into Cozumel after we got off the catamaran and bought some things- there are a few really nice shirt shops and things right there and easy to get to from the dock.


The answer about the sand on beach and in the water...We never once felt any 'rocky bottom' while on their beach at all. We didn't bring water shoes with at all and I have sensitive feet that are super picky- I was never once uncomfortable walking barefoot! It was great, smooth and comfortable. No need to pack water shoes for even the youngest in your party.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:07 PM   #23
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Water temperature

How was the water temperature? I go April 12th and our time is 9:30 ish....is the water cold or just tolerable? I'm super excited about this excursion. My 9 year old son is excited and scared. I can't wait to lay on one of the beds on the beach! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:22 PM   #24
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Thank you so much for this review! I found it really helpful.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #25
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Based upon your review and the other reviews I found on other websites....I just booked this! 😃
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