Western Excursions

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  1. Pinky3

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    What excursions would you recommend on the Western Magic that is suitable for 10 year old boy. He loves the water and beach. He is also a history buff.

    Don't laugh, but we are booked for October 4, 2008 - never too early to plan - right. I am an obsessed planner living with two free spirits that never plan.
     
  2. anty30

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    We took our kids on the NativeWay Island tour and Stingray city in Grand Cayman. It was the highlight of our trip.:thumbsup2
     
  3. Pinky3

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    Is the NativeWay Island Tour available thru Disney?
     
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    definitely check out http://caribbeanshoretours.com they have tons of family friendly tours in each western caribbean port. In cayman stingray city is a must. I think at 10 you can do the snuba or helmet diving in Cozumel too and the dune buggy tour is a lot of fun too
     
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    I assume that you used them.. are they really good? and would you suggest not using Disney during hurrican season?
     
  8. CraftyMouse

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    We did the Western in '03 and will be doing another one in December. Here are some of our favorite activities in each port...

    Key West
    There are some museums in Key West and some pirate sites. On our first visit to Key West we did the Trolley Tour. It gave a nice overview of the island and a bit of its history. You can get on and off to explore wherever you want to so it's a nice way to get around town. Another highlight of our first visit was the aquarium. It is small but very hands-on and my kids (11 and 8 at the time) loved it.

    This year we will be renting electric cars in Key West and exploring town on our own.

    Grand Cayman
    Do not miss Stingray City! I cannot say that strongly enough! It was the highlight of our first Western cruise and we're going back in a few months! Just amazing! You can either do the excursion through DCL or book directly through Captain Marvin's (our choice) or Captain Bryan's. If you are sailing with a large group you should look into a private charter. It is not much more per person than the regular excursions but you have the boat all to yourselves.

    Cozumel
    If he is at all interested in Mayan history or the history of Mexico take him on the Tulum ruins tour. The ruins were amazing and there is also a small beach there that is great for a swim after your tour. It is a long day but we found it to be well worth it.

    Another great excursion in Cozumel is the Royal Dolphin Swim but it must be booked on your own, not through DCL. The DCL dolphin excursion is more of a meet & greet with the dolphins. The Royal Swim includes having the dolphins pull you by their dorsal fins and them pushing you out of the water.

    Hope this was helpful! Happy Sailing!
     
  9. MissMet

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    Can anyone tell me why you don't go with DCL for the Island Tour & Stingray City? I booked it through DCL. All the other private companies were the same price or even higher.
     
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  11. CraftyMouse

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    We book ourselves because we do a private charter.
     

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