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Old 11-12-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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Atlantis Submarine Grand Cayman

has anyone done this excursion with young children?
DCL says that guests need to be minimum 36 inches AND 4 years old; however the submarine company website says minimum 36 inches but does not list a minimum age.
DS is over 36 inches tall but will only be 2 years 10 months at the time. Do you think we'll be denied boarding because of his age?
Is it a good excursion for young kids? (my other DS is 5 years and loves submarines)
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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has anyone done this excursion with young children?
DCL says that guests need to be minimum 36 inches AND 4 years old; however the submarine company website says minimum 36 inches but does not list a minimum age.
DS is over 36 inches tall but will only be 2 years 10 months at the time. Do you think we'll be denied boarding because of his age?
Is it a good excursion for young kids? (my other DS is 5 years and loves submarines)
You won't be able to book the DCL excursion for your son, because of the age limit.

If you book directly with the submarine company, since they don't specify a minimum age, you'll probably be allowed to take him. Now, a couple of caveats - it's possible that the submarine company may have an exclusive contract with DCL, preventing them from booking anyone on a DCL ship booking privately. And you'll have to get yourself to the submarine location to take the excursion, DCL won't transport you.
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We took a submarine ride (similar) in Hawaii. It was really cool. You have to go down a pretty steep ladder/stair to get into the sub. your child may need help. As PrincessShmoo suggests try contacting the company directly. Hope it all works out.
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #4
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has anyone done this excursion with young children?
DCL says that guests need to be minimum 36 inches AND 4 years old; however the submarine company website says minimum 36 inches but does not list a minimum age.
DS is over 36 inches tall but will only be 2 years 10 months at the time. Do you think we'll be denied boarding because of his age?
Is it a good excursion for young kids? (my other DS is 5 years and loves submarines)
We did this excursion on Grand Cayman when we were there on a Disney Cruise. We booked directly through the company, no problem. Saved about $15 per person booking directly, and it was a very short walk from the cruise terminal to the submarine terminal.

You will take a tender from the submarine place out to the sub. After the group before you exits the sub, your group will get on. We got down to 105 feet, had a great time. Saw fish, corals, and a sea turtle or two.

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We did this excursion on Grand Cayman when we were there on a Disney Cruise. We booked directly through the company, no problem. Saved about $15 per person booking directly, and it was a very short walk from the cruise terminal to the submarine terminal.

You will take a tender from the submarine place out to the sub. After the group before you exits the sub, your group will get on. We got down to 105 feet, had a great time. Saw fish, corals, and a sea turtle or two.

Enjoy!
That sounds so fun. Any disadvantages anyone can think of not booking through DCL?
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #6
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That sounds so fun. Any disadvantages anyone can think of not booking through DCL?
In general, a main concern is that if you are on a DCL excursion, they will get you back to the boat if the excursion is late. Either the boat will wait, or they will get you to the next port to get the boat.

That said, for this particular excursion:
1. Unlikely to be late unless you book the very latest possible sub excursion.
2. The submarine place is a 10 minute stroll from the cruise terminal. Could easily do in five minutes if running.
3. The sub comes up when the sub comes up, so if DCL people are on your sub, you will have a pretty good chance of getting to the ship while they are getting to the ship.

I did not see the DCL passengers get any better treatment, nor special gifts or anything of that nature. In fact, we happened to be the lucky ones seated at the front of the sub. Fantastic views out the front.
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