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Old 01-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Castaway Cay float and snorkel equipment rentals

do these things need to be booked ahead of time? My booking date opens up next month and I want to be prepared.
Also, are all these excursions paid up front or they just take a cc# to hold it?
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When you book your excursions thru DCL, they will be charged to your stateroom upon boarding. You can cancel them up to 3 days before sailing (I believe) with no penalty. As for the snorkel equipment and floats, we have always pre booked those, but people we've sailed with have just done it while on CC. I don't think you have to worry about them selling out. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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There were lots of tubes and mats when we were there the other day. $6 for the day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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ok, thanks. This is our first cruise and I didn't know if there was a mad rush to reserve all the tubes and/or snorkels. You never do know when it comes to anything related to a Disney vacation, lol.
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ok, thanks. This is our first cruise and I didn't know if there was a mad rush to reserve all the tubes and/or snorkels. You never do know when it comes to anything related to a Disney vacation, lol.
We rented them that day. However, I do remember that at some point pre-cruise, the package deal (floats, snorkel, etc.) was shown as being sold out?! So don't freak out if that happens. If memory serves, there were enough floats and tubes to outfit an army!
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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The only reason to reserve floats or snorkel equipment in advance is that the line with tickets moves a little faster than the line doing KTTW charges while on Castaway. They don't run out.

The good part of waiting is that if the weather is just so-so or your gang decides they don't want to snorkel, you aren't stuck with a pre-paid rental. If the weather is TOO bad, DCL will cancel and then you won't be charged. But if it is just "blah" but not unsafe, they won't cancel and those with reserved equipment will be charged even if they don't pick it up.
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Does anyone have any idea why the snorkel rentals are so expensive? I am just going off memory here, but I think for our upcoming Feb. 16 cruise they are listed at like $35 per adult! Are they buying new stuff for each person???

Last time we went it was like $10.
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Does anyone have any idea why the snorkel rentals are so expensive? I am just going off memory here, but I think for our upcoming Feb. 16 cruise they are listed at like $35 per adult! Are they buying new stuff for each person???

Last time we went it was like $10.
Well, they used to be $27, so $35 doesn't really surprise me. The only explanation is that it's Disney. Adult rentals were never $10--that was the kid price.

You are welcome to snorkel at no charge if you bring your own equipment. Alternatively, you can bring your own mask and snorkel and just rent fins...I'm not sure of the price on those; it was either $10 or $17 (I don't remember if we spent $17 or saved $17 when the full rental was $27)
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We are going on our first cruise Nov. 10 from Miami. I read somewhere we needed to wear vests in order to snorkel at CC. Is this true? And if so, about how much will it run to rent one? Thanks in advance!
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Yes it is true. It comes with the snorklr equipment no extra charge for the vest
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Well, they used to be $27, so $35 doesn't really surprise me. The only explanation is that it's Disney. Adult rentals were never $10--that was the kid price.

You are welcome to snorkel at no charge if you bring your own equipment. Alternatively, you can bring your own mask and snorkel and just rent fins...I'm not sure of the price on those; it was either $10 or $17 (I don't remember if we spent $17 or saved $17 when the full rental was $27)
For our Feb. cruise, the snorkel rentals are $10/kids and $25/adults. May want to double-check on the $35. Maybe that was the full-day snorkel/bike/float package?
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Do they have free vests for children who are not strong swimmers like they have at the WDW resorts? If not, how much are they and where do you get them?
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For our Feb. cruise, the snorkel rentals are $10/kids and $25/adults. May want to double-check on the $35. Maybe that was the full-day snorkel/bike/float package?
I'm not the one who said it was $35...you are right that at one point it dropped from $27 to $25 for the adult set.

You must wear a snorkel vest which is free to all at the lifeguard station, Gil's, and various fence posts by the snorkel lagoon. You do NOT have to inflate it, but you MUST have it on so the lifeguards can spot you more easily. It is free whether you bring your own equipment or rent from Disney.

This is not a kid's life vest...it is a snorkel vest.
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