Had a great time, the crew were attentive and friendly, they provided great entertainment on board "Mi Dushi". We went snorkeling in 3 different places, saw lots of fish, of course visited the sunken ship; after that those who liked had a chance to use swing rope to jump into the ocean, and everyone enjoyed our lunch, drinks, and dancing aboard. Overall fun excursion.
West Coast Cruise and Snorkel. Good beginner/intermediate snorkeling in an area protected from the ocean waves. Unguided snorkeling but lots to see in a good sized area. Good snorkeling gear and crew plus more rum punch as usual after snorkeling.
This is the same tour as above (catamaran). The snorkeling was ok, but not great. There were several other boats in the same area and each tried to keep their passengers in one area, but it was difficult. The waves and wind were pretty strong which made snorkeling effortful. If you are not a strong swimmer, opt for the life vest, which is not bulky but will make your swim more pleasant.
The fish were better at the first stop than at the shipwreck. The wreck was far enough below water that many of the fish were hard to see.
The staff on the boat were friendly and lots of fun. 2 of the ship's photographers came along too and were taking lots of photos. If this seems like something you'd like, try to find out if there is a sale on the all-inclusive photo package. Then you get all the photos with you in them (photo bombing encouraged!).
Fun snorkeling trip followed by a brief beach visit. Neither are extremely long, less than an hour, but that was fine for us, maybe not for others. Good crew on boat, and lots of rum freely flowing after the snorkeling, they even brought it up on the beach for us!
Two snorkel stops, but with wind the water was not very clear. The boat we were on was called the Arusun. It's a little old, but they did offer endless cocktails and other drinks as well as fresh fruit and tuna/chicken salad wraps.
We booked on our own the Jolly Pirate. This also included snorkeling which was OK. Not a lot of instruction so probably not the best for first timers. My kids loved the rope swing. This was more of a party excursion than a serious snorkeling trip.
Moomba beach was also very cool to hang out at. Lunch in the restaurant was good.
We booked the Sailaway Beach See and Snorkel excursion through Royal Caribbean. We were able to walk from the ship to a catamaran waiting at the port. We took the catamaran to two snorkel sights, including the Antilla shipwreck which was a VERY cool experience! Included in the excursion was a BBQ lunch on Palm Beach (ribs, macaroni salad, baked beans, fruit cup, roll), approximately an hour or so of beach time, and then an open bar on the catamaran ride back to port. The catamaran crew even came into the beach restaurant and roamed the beach serving rum punch to the guests. The crew was absolutely outstanding; they were funny, safety-minded, and entertaining. Their main goal was to ensure our safety while also ensuring that we had the time of our lives. We absolutely LOVED this excursion and would do it again either through the cruise ship or through the company privately when we return to Aruba some day (as we WILL return ... it is GORGEOUS).
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