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Old 03-09-2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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Nassau Caribbean Queen Snorkel Excursion

Hi all. Before our trip a couple weeks ago I booked the Caribbean Queen Snorkeling excursion and looked high and low on the internet for reviews. I didn't find too much info. So here is our review upon return, hope someone finds it helpful:

This excursion closes at 25 people so booking early is recommended. A nice gentleman, Dion, met us right off the ship and walked our group to the snorkeling boat. Disney claims the walk takes 15 minutes but that's walking slow, it wasn't far at all. The boat itself is then staffed by about four locals. All equipment is provided: fins, mask, snorkel, inflatable vests and those heavy orange life vests, in all sizes. My DD is 7 and wears a size 11 shoe (nearly toddler size) and they had fins for her. The boat goes to Athol island, it is a windy ride, bring a jacket. The boat holds a lot more people, probably at least 200 but since no other cruise ships were docked at the time, the 25 of us Disney passengers had the boat to ourselves, bottom and upper deck. Soda and beer are served on the boat, I think $2 for a Sprite. Two tiny bathrooms are also on board. The ride to the reef is maybe 25 minutes, feels longer and they blast music, which the kids liked. During the ride, people were fitted for gear and a crew member showed everyone the right and wrong way to do things. I was impressed that they included easy hand signals for "I'm okay" and "I'm not okay, come save me". As for the snorkeling itself, it's a nice, small reef, but having snorkeled in Hawaii, the variety of fish here was pitiful. Maybe three different breeds. Lots of fish though (whatever that blue and black striped one is) and they sell fish food for a few bucks which is worth it!! The fish swarm you with that fish food. My daughter screamed "Too many fish!!!". As for those who aren't strong swimmers, they have an excellent way of dealing with that. You wear the inflatable vest but then lay out an orange life vest in front of you and float on it like a swim noodle. Then you poke your head down to see fish. This worked great for my 7 yr old and even one older lady who couldn't swim well or for those who tired quickly. The crew watch closely from the boat and will shout out a call for hand signals from everybody so ensure eveyone is okay. After about 40 minutes snorkeling off the back of the boat, they call everyone in. On the ride back they point out homes (supposedly) of Oprah, Michael Jordon, Nic Cage, Tiger Woods and others. It's entertaining. They ask for cash tips at the end but aren't pushy about it. My only other advice since I'm an RN and germaphobe, is to bring some antibacterial wipes with you to wipe off the snorkel mouthpiece and inflatable vest tubing. I have only one picture of the boat, I'll post it shortly. The others I took with the underwater camera, don't have those back yet. Willing to answer questions if there are any. We could not snorkel at CC since the weather was terrible so I can't compare it. I am glad we snorkeled at Nassau though, it was a fun, easy, safe experience for my two daughters' first time. And while it doesn't compare to Hawaii, it's still fun.
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I've been looking for a Nassau snorkeling review also. You would think they would have areas around Nassau with a greater variety of fish. How long did the entire trip take? Did you do morning or afternoon? Did you do anything else in Nassau? Thanks for the great review!
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How long did the entire trip take? Did you do morning or afternoon? Did you do anything else in Nassau? Thanks for the great review!
The whole trip took about 2 1/2 hrs. We went in the afternoon, the 2:30 excursion. We thought this would give us plenty of time to explore the Wonder or Nassau before the trip, let the day warm up a little too, and yet be back in plenty of time since the ship leaves Nassau at 7 pm. Our 'exploring' of Nassau lasted less than half an hour, personally we just didn't like it. Buildings are run down, solicitors everywhere ("can I braid your daughter's hair m'am?") and nothing but shop after shop. I hear the hotels you can go to for a day pass are nice but I didn't think we could fit that in with snorkeling too so we'll try that next time.
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Here my DD floats on a life vest as I described. The water is so clear you can see the reef below her.



Picture of the reef - a good 8 feet down.



If you look closely you might see a second breed of fish.



Bringing out the fish food for a feeding frenzy. They almost bumped my camera!

I have some pics on the boat but my family is prominently displayed so if anyone wants to see them, please send me a pm. These were all taken with a Walgreens disposable underwater camera. Turned out better than I expected!
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Thanks! Great Pictures! I am going to try to pm you to see pics of the boat.
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Thank you so much for the review. I also did the internet search with little luck. We are signed up for the excursion and are looking forward to it. I would love to see some pics of the boat to show to my family. Thanks again for your review.
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