Grand Cayman Stingray Swim Excursion Reviews
Nice boat. Kids loved stingray visit though crowded area.
The stingrays were amazing but I wish they would have let my daughter hold only and not only pet it. I wanted it to be all over her face like in the pictures. The boat ride was nice but not sure why we went so slow back to the dock. When we were trying to get in the water with the sting rays our boat hit another and our guides seemed a little panicked. Maybe they need a 3rd person on board to help with these things.
did an excursion through Captain Bryan's Buccaneer Catamarran. Went to the stingray city sandbar and then snorkeling. It was great.
This Island is beautiful. The excursion was very fun. It starts walking through a small area where there were tree's and Parrots of different colors. You can take your own picture with your camera with a Parrot. It's about 30 minutes getting to the sandbar. There are many other groups out at the sandbar, but you pretty much stayed together in your group. You hop out onto the sandbar in open water and can hold, pet and feed wild Stingrays. They are not penned in like the Dolphins. There are no worries about this being dangerous, the Stingrays are safe. Very fun. At the sting Ray's, you could use your own camera, underwater camera's, etc. They also took pictures and the price is not as bad.The guides did a good job, holding a Stingray was a blast.
AWSOME...not to be missed. These two british gentlemen will take GREAT care of adults and children.
In Grand Cayman, we did a private excursion through Sun Ray Tours, booked through Shore Excursioner. Cannot say enough good things about this tour! There were only 6 of us, the guides were great and we got to snorkel and hold the sting rays. The boat had food and drinks available! This was our favourite day of the cruise.
This was extremely hard to rate. The excursion transportation personnel were not friendly but interacting with the stingrays was memorable.
Of all the ports Grand Cayman was my favorite. I love the blue water and the friendliness of the locals. I booked an excursion through Moby Dick, I think there were 15 people on that tour, very personalized. Left the port area and took a bus to the marina. The crew was fantastic!! Must have been about a twenty minute ride to the area where we would be snorkeling. The underwater sights were neat, saw some really pretty fish. After 45 minutes we headed to the sand bar to see the sting rays. The guides got into the water with us and helped us learn how to interact with the rays. By the end of the swim even my 10 year old was begging to hold them just one more time!
We booked the Deluxe Stingray City Sandbar Excursion through thte ship. It was great. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly about the stingrays and handled them and the guests with care. Highly recommended while in Grand Cayman.
Fantastic, received priority tendering, excellent guides, magnificant docile creatures. Lots of hands on experience with some informative details about Stingrays which made this excursion a must for all when visiting grand Cayman
Kelly Watersports was amazing to take us to Stingray City. Swimming with the Stingrays was amazing and an adrenaline rush. Then we went to Rum Point Beach and had a great time looking at the beautiful scenery. The food was great too.
This was the WORST with the tour company but still fun. We get into our group the excursion is to be at 1 we stand waiting for our bus in the hot sun for about 30 mins. No explaination on why we are waiting so long we could have jumped across the street to Margaritaville for a drink! We head to Hell which we are given 10 mins at. I didn't get pictures I had enough time to jump in one shop buy a postcard to mail home, get passport stamped and use the bathroom! Go to the Rum Factory and have another 10 mins, not worth the stop it is a liquor store for run and a small gift shop you don't learn anything or see any 'distilling'. Off to the Turtles- Fabulous creatures- here we have 30 mins get to see big breeder turtles and hold dinner plate size turtles and board the bus again there was several places we did not get to go see as there was no time. Next off to the stingrays. We board a ship and wait 10 mins for the other bus to fill the boat no worries we still have time....We pull out and head to the bar it took 30 mins to get out there against the wind again no worries we should have an hour or so in the water....NOPE we get about 30 mins long enough for everyone to get pictures taken kissing and holding the rays and back on the boat. It took us an hour to get back to land with the wind pushing us because the captain of the ship slowed the boat so he could fish on the way back (he didn't even catch anything). Get into our buses and SPEED back to the boat weaving in and out traffic taking back road that scare me and arrive back at the port with 10 min to the 'last tender' to the ship! We didn't get to go shopping around missed getting the free charms etc! This one I complained to the desk about and was given a 25% discount on the excursion and was apologized to profusely! Word to the wise if you see these types of things take pictures! He asked if I had any photos of the captain fishing I didn't even think of it at the time.
You have to do the stingray sandbar! We also did 7 mile beach. Had a great day in Grand Cayman.
Not to be missed! Lots of fun. They take your pictures and then try to sell for like $40 for the disc. If you initially decline they will offer you a less expensive package.
We took a catamaran to Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman. The water was between 3-7 feet deep so be prepared to swim a little if you go. The guides take pictures of you with sting rays (keep in mind they are wild and not captive) that they gather and you can have the pictures emailed to you for $40 in cash. It was so worth it and they emailed us almost instantly.
Capt Marvins have been running the Sting Ray tour a long time. We booked last minute directly with them. Sent my husband with three of the kids since we had already done it before. Two got seasick on the boat after swallowing sea water , thankfully they had done the sting rays first. They had a good time though. I've been to Cayman three times before so the town is meh. I took a ride to the beach with some of our relatives and we just hung out there for the day. Would have enjoyed it more had there been less people at the beach. There were five ships docked at the same time!
We went on one of the boats with fewer people. I wouldn't want one with 20+ the guys were young and super super nice. I felt safe with them and their maturity helped. They acted like professionals. And even handled a situation very well when two boats docked on either side of use put us in danger as their people were jumping off the top decks into 3/4 foot water!!!! duh....The stingrays looked like they were super used to people and I don't believe they actually had stingers anymore I think they were cut..which is fine with me....we also wen't snorkeling on the trip..I have never ever gone. When I was uncomfortable the kid gave me a life preserver and told me that I would get the hang of using the snorkel and I did...they most importantly made sure we didn't kill the coral by touching it and they were masterful in handeling the stingray...they knew what they were doing ....and protected the careless people from getting hurt...
We really enjoyed the stingrays, but if you are not comfortable in the water and with animals then this may not be for you. Some people including me were sort of weary because of what happend to Steve Irwin, but these stingray are quite use to people and are there for the interaction and food.
Absolutely wonderful day in Grand Cayman, and the best value as well. We booked with Stingray City United. They transported us to their first class facility. We had a personal guide as no one else had booked the same National Geographic/Bird tour. The young man was very attentive and made sure we saw everything. The boat to Stingray City was large and comfortable and we had a great experience with the Stingrays. We got dropped off at the Royal Palms and spent time on a gorgeous beach. A $4.00 shared cab brought us back to the port area which has a good selection of quaint shops,
This was the one and only great excursion. Highly recommend. It was 149 per person. This cruise line did not give nearly enough time on land. Really regrettable.
We were a group of six. We did both the dolphin swim and the stingray swim. Fabulous:)
Excellent trip. Weather was cloudy and seas were choppy but petting the sting rays was priceless. The crew of the catamaran Cockatoo were excellent.
Excellent adventure :-)
We only booked one excursion - we did it on board - for some inexplicable reason, it was cancelled - we had a hard time tendering in at Grand Cayman due to the port authority's whims and maybe that's why - we did not know of the cancellation until we got off.
Then we booked basically the same thing for a lot less. (Stingray & snorkel - US$40 as soon as you walk off, which was almost the same thing we wanted to pay $115 for... which is why we almost never book excursions from the boat.)
Verdict for stingrays: Do It Yourself when you get off.
Swimming with the stingrays was special - definitely a thing to do here. The snorkeling was also very good (right near the rays).
Warning: Cayman generally is expensive: we had a light lunch near the tender port (not inside the arrivals holing pen area) - 5 alcobevs, 4 kids drinks, 5 starters = US$190 - ouch!
Grand Cayman we tendered to shore. I will address the tendering process later with embarkation disembarkation. The tour that I took was Natural Trail and Sting Ray City. It was a zoo at the dock, according to the guide, Carnival was supposed to come in earlier and they were late which caused the tours to deal with people from the Magic (Carnival largest ship class), HAL, Epic and another ship at the same time. The Carnival people would have been gone by the time we arrived. We arrived at the center and were told to join a group of people in front of us walking around looking at exotic birds. We then went to a building and were directed to a boat to transport to the sand area of Sting Ray City. The boats were bouncing around, way too many people in addition to boats. We got in some rough waves pushing you around but it was interesting to experience the rays. Honestly, I’m glad that this was my second experience with rays, my first was in Cozumel where you are in smaller groups and snorkel with the rays afterwards. I would not have learned much in this rough environment.
Went on a private tour to stingray city and a reef snorkeling adventure - sting ray city has gotten too over crowded - but loved the reefs - food was good
If you sign up for the stingray swim, be prepared for a crowd. There were 13 other boats docked in the same area as we were and it was hard to swim without bumping into somebody. The actual port was nice, although very crowded as well.
An amazing trip. We swam with Stingrays and went snorkelling. The boat men were very nice, informative, and very health and safety concious.
Last Day was at Grand Cayman and we went out on a Catamaran Sail to Sting Ray City. The tour was "Stingray Sailing Tours". Chip and his dad were gracious hosts. I had been here 20 years ago and there were only 2 boats out there. Now there were dozens so I thought it would be awful as my husband and kids had never seen this before. Chip got out there later than the other boats so as we pulled up many of them were leaving. He was so passionate about these marine animals that you wanted to help preserve them. He taught us how to feed them and even hold them ever so gently in the water. I have never laughed so hard for so long as there were stingrays everywhere. My 15 year old was scared of them until just before we had to get back on to the boat.
Our Stingray City excursion wasn't supposed to meet at the pier until 2:30pm in Cayman, so we jumped on the 1st tender & had plenty of time to shop in Georgetown & have some drinks at a couple of the bars. Once we all gathered at the pier, we were put onto a couple of buses and taken to the marina. Our boat was beautiful. It was a dinner cruise style boat, with curved windows covering our dining tables where we sat for the 20 minute ride to stingray city sandbar. We chose this excursion, because the boat had stairs that drop down into the water, making it easy to get on and off the boat as much as you want. We were provided snorkel gear, and our guides helped everyone touch, kiss, catch and feed the adorable stingrays. It was incredible. This was my 3rd time to Stingray City sandbar & this was the best tour we've been on so far. We've had a great time with Moby Dick & Captain Marvin, so I would highly suggest them as well, especially if you want to do more actual snorkeling at the reef and/or coral gardens. This excursion was for the sandbar only. It was great to know the ship would not leave without us if we were late, because our buses did actually arrive at the pier late, but there was a tender waiting for us and no risk of being left behind, since we were on a ship excursion. The tenders are a pain, but they are well organized and run non-stop. If you've booked an excursion through the ship, you show your ticket and walk directly to deck 1 to get on the 1st tender. You don't have to mess with meeting points like the tender tickets do.
We took an excursion to Stingray City followed by some snorkeling. I absolutely loved the natural sand bar where Stingray City is and I would have been more than happy to stay there the whole day. Finally, we got to see crystal clear, blue caribbean water which we hadn't seen at any of the other 3 islands. Interacting with the wild but docile stingrays was amazing and most memorable but I immensely enjoyed just swimming in the water. Totally loved it! We then got back on the boat and were taken to another place for snorkeling where the water was less clear and much more rough. We saw hundreds of fish and while that was nice, I really wish we could have just stayed at Stingray City. If you go to Grand Cayman, you must go to Stingray City.
The turtle farm, the best part was holding a baby turtle until the guy next to me got bit by one....be careful. Do NOT swim in the turtle lagoon. It is a gross disgusting filthy turtle poo swimming pool. I felt so disgusted after I went in and came out. Instead have a bite to eat at the restaurant there. They have good food. I would not come back here.I felt bad for the turtles clamoring over each other just to get one pellet of turtle food. Swimming with a turtle is not as glamorous as you think, and although you think you paid to swim with the turtles the guy expects a tip for giving you a snorkel to use.
I've been to Grand Cayman many times, but this was the first time I've done the Stingray City swim and snorkel. Our ship didn't arrive into Grand Cayman until afternoon, so we could only find one independent company in which to arrange our tour with. The stingray swim was exciting and more fun than I had imagined. These are very gentle creatures that love a squid snack and are happy to be petted as they continually swim up and through people. They are very tame and after a short time you start to see their personalities...the needy one, the show off, the lover, the adolescents who dart around, etc. I would highly recommend this shore excursion and look forward to doing this again the next time I'm in Grand Cayman.
This is another port that tendering is required and the tenders arrive into the downtown area. There are lots of shops and restaurants to spend the day wandering around if you choose not to take a shore excursion.
WELL WORTH THE MONEY! We were collected quickly - took a leisurely snorkel over the coral reef and got to stand on a sandbar in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and be surrounded by huge stingrays! Fantastic - but very crowded. There was ample time, we didn't feel rushed at all. We were taken back to the cruiseport, where we ventured out on our own to find a nice restaurant. Went to Paradise, where the locals go. We had saltfish and ackee, and Cayman Conch stew for lunch for about $60 including a cocktail. Loved this place, would definitely go back to Grand Cayman.
We did Royal Caribbean's Deluxe Stingray City excursion, and it was amazing. The water was a little rough and high that day, so when we arrived at the meeting place we were told we could cancel and get a refund. We still went, but there was a couple with 4-year old twins we were talking to who cancelled. We were met at the port by staff from the company RC used, and took a short bus ride to the boat. The boat had a bar, a bathroom, and an upper deck where you could smoke. Once we arrived at Stingray City, we took steps at the back of the boat to get in the water - no jumping over the edge of the boat. The water was incredibly clear and came up to about our waists or chests, depending on where you stood. There were life jackets if you wanted one, and snorkel gear to grab off of a shelf at the back of the boat. The only part I didn't like was that when we finished everyone piled their snorkel gear back on the same shelf, and any sanitation procedures they might use to clean the equipment was not made clear.
There were stingrays EVERYWHERE. Our guides were very kind and knowledgeable; they caught stingrays and let us pet them and hold them, and took pictures of you with the stingrays if you had a waterproof camera. They gave us squid and we fed the stingrays. It was an incredible experience!
After about an hour, we took a boatride back to the pier and a bus brought us back to where the ship was docked. We weren't ready to get back on the ship, so we wandered around town and did some shopping.
You take a short trolley ride to a boat then a 20 minute boat ride out to the sandbar. The water is usually about waist deep but the day we were there it was to the neck. The waves were a little rough and it was hard to keep your head above water and watch out for the stingrays at your feet. We were both a little nervous to be around the stingrays. Our guides, Captain Pampa, Mikey, and Pete were great. They gave us lots of information about the beautiful animals and held them so we could take picture with them. We were in the water for about an hour with them. This was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend it!
Fantastic time! Cayman Ocean Adventues
the tour guides were knowledgable about the rays and how to handle them. They also brought food for us to feed the rays. They are beautiful creatures.
Catamaran to Stingray City was amazing.
The only thing that I would complain about would be the excursion that we booked through Royal Caribbean in Cayman Islands. This was the Dolphin Encounter w/ Stingray City. It was fun and a once in a lifetime experience but it was way overpriced and they wanted $25.00 for one single picture of the Stingray City portion that they just ended up emailing to us which was absurd. The crew that took us out to the sandbar were very good and friendly. They were an independent outfit that was probably hired by Royal Caribbean to motor people out there and show them a good time but they still wanted way too much money for their pictures.
We got on the boat to go to Stingray City. It took awhile to get out to Stingray City, but it was worth it. The stingrays swam all around and I even got to feed one. Great experience!!!
This excursion was awesome and everyone must do it!!! We got on a boat and it was about a 20 minute ride out to the middle of the ocean! It was crazy because there is this sandbar and it's only 4 ft deep and you are surrounded by the ocean! So surreal! However, the water color there was stunning and breathtaking! It was so picturesque!!! We all got out of the boat and you could grab snorkel gear if you please and got in a circle. They told us a few stories about the stingrays and some history on them and then we got to each hold one, feel one, have a kiss (they will take your picture if you want them too) and then feed them!! It was the neatest experience and I would definitely do it again!
GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN: We did a 2 snorkel stop and Stingray City stop booked through Captain Marvin's. It was the highlight of the cruise. Excellent snorkeling at 2 separate coral reefs. Stingray City was absolutely amazing. I could have spent hours in both locations and would book with Captain Marvin's again.
The Stingray part was pretty amazing and the staff on the boat were very knowledgeable.
Had to get up at 6am to take our excursion to Stingray City and Rum Point Beach. This was the most disappointing excurstion of all. The boat was horrible. the bathroom was upwind from the passengers. It was so hot and the boat ride to stingray city was a long way. We did enjoy the stingrays though. My kids loved it. The drinks onboard tasted really strange. It was hard to drink... it was some kind of lemonade and fruit punch. My kids wouldn't drink it. When we got to Rum Point Beach, my oldest daughter (20 years old) ordered some food and it took almost an hour to get it. She was very irritable after this. :( The beach was nice and calm and very shallow for the kids to swim. There were some small hermit crabs on the beach and some small fish in the water, so the kids like that too. ( I brought three of my kids- ages 20, 6, and 3 :) )
You could walk out quite a way and only be waist high in water. There were also shady areas if you've been in the sun too much. The driver on the way back had more personality than any of the others involved in the excursion. We enjoyed his candor.
I'm giving it a four only because of the stingray express excursion. They were fabulous, and the water was crystal clear! Absolutely gorgeous! The island itself is far to commercialized for my liking. I wanted a tropical setting, and got all the comforts of home. Chinese, fast food, hotels, all within walking distance of the pier. Everything was about the Benjamins, and how to get them. There were seven ships photographers and various island photographers trying to cattle herd you into pictures right off the ship! For $15 a pop! Beware also of this ships excursion desk! Ivor the clerk, and VJ the manager are ignorant and will holler and scream at you if you complain. As I did when their excursion attempted to strand myself and my daughter claiming we had no ride (even though Ivor said there was just an hour ago and it was agreed by the operators there) back to the pier. There were paint chips coming off on our legs because of the excursion boat. We were blended in with a stingray excursion that was also going to a beach after, and they refused to bring us anywhere except to the beach where they tried to convince us to spit out another $25 for the beach! They hollered at us "Just get the hell on the god damned bus!" We refused the beach and got taken back to the pier in a private jeep of a MGR of the tiki beach resort . Awkward!
I was afraid but our tour guide was amazing. He let us hold, pet and feed the stingrays. He was very knowledgeable.
Stingray city. Had photos taken. Was great.
MUST do! All the way around awesome!
The Stingray City portion was surprisingly fun there were a number of boats there and plenty of people but everyone got the chance to touch and feed the stingrays and we spent a long time with them. Everyone agreed it was our favorite excursion and we'd definitely go back out there if we return to Grand Cayman. We were on the Sundancer with Eddie and he was very informative and entertaining. His crew was great. It poured rain while we were there and the ride back to shore was cold but that wasn't anyone's fault and we were wet already!! Upon our return there was no pressure to buy the photos taken by Stingray City Photos but they were so good we did. The man had them ready right on his ipad. I felt that some might have missed out on this opportunity the Stingray City photographers were so unobtrusive. They took our info (I paid in cash right there) and emailed them to us right away. Fabulous!!!!
On Friday, July 4, we found ourselves in the Grand Caymans. We took a charter to Dolphin Cove. The dolphin encounter was amazing. We were divided into small groups and had a chance to interact with the dolphins. A lot of fun.
After the dolphin encounter, we headed out on a charter to Stingray City. Once anchored, we were able to stand on a sandbar and interact with about 30 stingrays. Incredible creatures. They were very docile and lovable. Wanted to be held like babies. We were able to feel them squid. I was scared about the stingrays at first, but surprisingly enjoyed them over the dolphins. This is the excursion I would do over and over again. 10+
Grand Cayman was beyond beautiful. Beautiful beaches, soft sand, great food, beautiful turquoise blue waters. Everyone spoke clear English at this port. They are very laid back and never tried to push any sales on us. They just let you wander around and will assist you only if you ask for help. Swimming with the sting rays was perfect, we took a short boat ride about 20 min long to the middle of the ocean on a sand bar. We parked the boat (along with about 5 other boats) and got out to feed, and interact with the stingrays. They were very nice and non aggressive.
GREAT GROUP on this trip. Loved to learn about these animals. Although it was too deep for my husband who has limited mobility, some people can still enjoy the water next to the boat.
The sting ray excursion was amazing! We got pictures taken with a sting ray (we got to hold it, etc) and took lots of videos of them swimming around us. The guides who took us to see the sting rays were all nice and the boat ride to and from the sandbar was enjoyable.
The crew was well versed in the stingrays, interacted with everyone on the boat during our time in the water, took an interest in making sure all their guests had a good time. The photos were great and reasonably priced. I'd recommend this excursion very highly.
Sharon, thank you! We were with a large group of people that booked a tour with Native Way, but we were the only ones to book Reefs, Rays and Rum Point. But even though they probably took a loss with our tour, they didn't try to squeeze us on with another tour, they honored their commitment. So we had our own boat and captain taking us around. Swimming with the rays was fun, especially when you got to feed them. When we went snorkeling, Chris took us to a place called Little Reef. We were the only ones there. His attitude was take as long or as short as you like. Let me know when you want to move on. Beautiful coral and a pretty good variety and number of fish. We called in lunch on our way to Rum Point and it was ready when we got there. Great lunch! Stayed for a while then told Chris we were ready to return. Had our own little dance party on board on the way back. I can't praise them enough.
see snokeling as it was part of the same.
The best shore excursion, I would book with them again. Great with kids, very clean and helpful.
We always book off ship and this was an excellent choice for our 2nd time in GC. We did MOBY DICK and recommend 100000%. Awesome! Sting rays and snorkeling. Lunch at Rackems afterwards. Pefect day
The crew on the boat out to the Stingray sandbar was super nice. They were friendly and imformative about the excursion. They caught a stingray for us to touch, feed, and have photos with. They let us take as many photos as possible. It was really a fun experience. The only drawback was that there were so many boats, it was like a parking lot. I understand that there are many people and many excursions, but I would think there should be a limited number of boats allowed out there. I booked our excursions very early to ensure that we would not miss this opportunity. I was a bit surprised by how many boats and people there were. Doesn't seem to me like such a great situation for the ecosystem. But I am not a scientist so I can't definitively say that, just seems like common sense though.
And Ernest T. Jackson, our bus driver was super awesome, friendly, and gave us much history of Grand Cayman. We were very thankful to have him drive us around in his personal bus.
What a treat. The catamaran captain kept us all entertained. The photographer got some great photos. A little steep as you had to buy all 10 for $40.
The tour guides picked us up in the port and walked us to a bus and shuttled us about 15 minutes to the boat. The entire crew was fantastic (which is why this was our second time doing this tour). It was about a 20 minute boat ride to stingray city and we got about an hour in the water. The guides were fantastic with anyone who had an underwater camera. They gave us plenty of extra time and took about 20 pictures of us holding the stingrays.
AWESOME! Part of the Island Tour was a short boat ride out to a sandbar where you stand in water about waist deep and stingrays move around you. Really amazing how unafraid they were. We were able to touch, hold and feed them, as well as pay $25 for 9 pictures they took of us holding them. My daughter wanted nothing to do with holding a dead squid so a stingray could suck it out of your hand, but my husband and I thought it was really cool. The stingrays even bump into you trying to find out if you have food. Well worth the money and this was a cruise highlight for me. Totally beautiful there, took some amazing photos. Bring underwater camera - snorkels available.
We went to Stingray City and Coral Bay Snorkel in Grand Cayman. This was awesome- the crew was great and we loved every thing about it- wouldn't change a thing. We didn't leave until 1230, so we had plenty of time to walk around Grand Cayman, shop and even have conch fritters and a drink right on the ocean, while we watched snorkelers. This is a tendered port, but very short (5 mins). They have lots of shops, but it is the most expensive port we stopped in. Make sure to take money for snacks and try the Ting-ray (rum punch). Pictures for sale were $20. I thought that was fair, as I don't own a waterproof camera.
very disappointing. My husband cannot swim and we booked this as all the pictures we had seen and information we read said that you stand in waist deep water. He was so looking forward to this.
The boat stopped in water approximated 8 feet deep. A swim of around 6 feet out from the rear of the boat took you to shallow water but unfortunately my hubby could not get to the shallow water and therefore had to stay on the boat.
I did have the stingray experience and it was lovely to touch and feed these creatures, but my day was spoiled because I wanted to experience this with hubby and I felt incredibly sorry for him that we could not get him off the boat. The boat we were on was 'the amazon' so if you take this excursion and there are a number of boats to choose, avoid this one!
Although.....we had to give lots of other passengers a lift back to port as their boat broke down, so perhaps none of the boats are guaranteed to make the round trip successfully!
The excursion departed a little late due traffic congestion, but the guys at the Cayman Explorer vessel made our day. They are nice and bring friendly stingrays directly to you. Great guys who always deserve a tip!
I am sure our excursion was oversold. There were not enough seats on the boat for everyone, the crew & costa staff did not know how many people were on board the boat - there were NOT enough life jackets for everyone on board! There were 3 costa staff members on board who took up passenger seats when paying passengers had to sit on top on cooler and engine box. All ended up ok, but it was not safe and when you book through Costa your safety and security should be their first priority!
Excellent Experience - Highly Recommended. Booked thru RC (Operated by MarineLand Tours). Excellent Service.
Phenominal!!!!! Truly humbling and amazing. Have to do it again and will. I was so scared, my husband dove right in, but me and kids really had to talk ourselves into getting into the water with them. Once we did, we didn't want to get out, and when capt marvins boat gude said it was time to get back in boat to go to next stop which was snorkeling the reef. It was beautiful, but the stingrays stole the day...... I was already trying to catch them myself. We then went to 7 mile beach and ate at tiki beach restaurant, Don't go, a grilled cheese (which was supposed to be a chicken quesodillia) pasta dish, and 2 hot dogs was $82. And it wasn't even good at that!!!!! we learned that we should have ate at Calico Jacks, much more reasonable prices. Beach was very narrow, not much sand at all before water, and once you step off into water it dropped, not a gradual drop like most places but right as soon as you step in. It was pretty though and Cayman itself was nice and pretty.
Best excursion of our entire trip! Our guides were great and made us feel very comfortable with the Sting Rays. Let's be clear here....you are in the middle of the ocean, on a sand bar, with fully barbed Sting Ray. It was awesome! We were even able to feed them. My recommendation would be to buy a waterproof camera that also takes video. Our friends took their $100 camera and picture quality and video was amazing. You will avoid having to buy the pictures that the guides try to sell you.
Coral Reef and Stingray - absolutely worth the money. Can't wait to go again.
A lot of fun and very enjoyable.
Tendering is done by a local company. Island is first world compared to Jamaica. People were nice. Went on a Catamaran to Sting Ray City and had fun but I question the environmental impact of what is going on there. Did some snorkeling and again, seems like the coral is being killed by careless swimmers. Rained and got cold.
Did the Sting Ray & coral reef snorkeling with Emerald Seas. Great guides, lots of time with the rays and snorkeling. Trip can also be purchased on the dock for less but may not always be the best tours but still a good bargain when compared with the ships tour. Had enough time left for some shopping also as the shops are right by the dock.
We book a Stingray City / Snorkel tour with Captain Marvin's and we loved it. They were very professionnal and they made the tour fun and interesting from the start. The crew of the ship was great and they did not push to much to sale the pictures they took at Stingray City. I would definitely recommend to buy a water-proof camera before going because you will want to keep those memories forever. That was the best part of the cruise.
Beautiful island! Our excursion was a bust because the water was rough and the government there made everyone get out of the water. Our excursion advertised the fastest boat to the stingrays and they were right. If they had not went that fast we wouldn't even made it into the water. Only 3 people out of about 20 made it into the water before we had to get out. There was also a police presence in the town as well. I felt very safe there. We had to tender into the port. They were pretty quick and large. Sometimes you had to wait until they filled the boats but it didn't take more than 15 minutes usually. Tender boat operators were polite and seemed very capable. The beaches there are all public and there is no shortage. The resorts also allow people to use their pools. There was a Jimmy Buffets there and Hard Rock Cafe. By the way we did get a full refund from the excursion company and it was there before we got home!
We did the tour to Hell followed by the Stingray Experience. It was all good, nothing outstanding but good.
Loved this excursion. Nice boat ride and really fun time on the sandbar with the Stingrays. Staff were really friendly and encouraged everyone to interact with the Stingrays. Water and fruit juice were provided. Tour guide took photos and offered them to people for an extra $40. We did not opt for the photos but we enjoyed the excursion.
This was an amazing experience. Our guides were the best. They did an absolutely, amazing job and they are good at what they do. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an excursion on their cruise or anyone heading to that Island. I would definitely do it again.
For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...
Captain Chris was awesome.
This was by far the best tour we did during our cruise. Kat, Chip and Kevin from Cayman Eco Adventures were really easy to communicate with, reliable and made sure we get to the stingrays as quickly as possible, which meant way ahead of everyone else. Snorkeling was wonderful as well and the trip to starfish beach definitely worth it. Water and sodas were included in the price as well as transportation from the port to the yacht club and back to the port or seven mile beach if you wish.
The excursion we took in Grand Cayman included a trip to Sting Ray City where you stand in waist deep water while the sting rays swim around you. This can be fun and much of the time the tour operator is conducting a photo op for each person. (You can purchase the digital pics and he emails them to you-ours arrived before we got home). Unfortunately the Barrier Reef snorkling got cancelled due to wind conditions. If snorkling is a must for you I suggest booking it in Cozumel as we missed out because we had it scheduled in Grand Cayman and then it got cancelled. The Beach Club was a big step up from the Jamaica so called Beach Club. The lunch was typical north american fare and was good. Sand here was great with nice lounge chairs.
We did the StingRay City Sandbar and Rum Point Beach excursion. Once we got off the boat it was nothing like our experience in Jamaica. The people were not that friendly. It was a lot of standing around and waiting. We had a slow boat out to the stingray sandbar, it took us about 40 minutes to get there. The captain didn't make it fun, didn't talk to us at all hardly. We were only there for maybe 25 minutes then another slow boat ride to a beach where we were allowed 1 hour, then another 45 minute boat ride back to ride a bus back to town. I wouldn't recommend this excursion.
Fantastic visit to Stingray City. Excellent snorkeling. Relatively small boat with smaller group of people made the experience very pleasant.
The crew on our boat were very good and did a great job of helping us feel and hold the sting rays. The boat itself was a little run down and the seating was very uncomfortable.
We LOVED this excursion. It was a very relaxing day with the snorkeling and sting ray swim. We learned a lot about stingrays, and each got a picture holding one! It was our favorite thing on the cruise (next to our wedding of course!)
Very Memorable Experience!! We went about 30 minutes out into the ocean to a sand bar, stingrays were everywhere! Our Tour guide was awesome! He took the time to let each family take their pictures and touch and kiss the stingrays!! I had my underwater camera and got some great pictures! This was really a fun excursion! There were a lot of people but still stingrays were everywhere! :)
I have done the stingrays before but my cruise partner hadn't so I went again. We had a small group (14) and mostly older. I would caution everyone that when the boat is moving it's not such a good idea to be running around the boat and up and down the ladder. Saw a lady in her 70s take a pretty nasty fall when the boat bounced and she slipped coming down the ladder. I felt that the tour operators should have issued that caution but they didn't seem to be paying much attention. Other than that it was great and I love feeding the stingrays.
Our Stingray City tour was booked with Moby Dick Tours, an outstanding company. We booked online, received an email confirmation, giving us instructions on where to meet at the port. We joined a small group of about 20 for a trip to a marina where we boarded the boat. We snorkeled at a beautiful reef, then joined the other boats at Stingray City. Our crew educated us about the stingrays, as we fed, petted, held and kissed these beautiful creatures! This was the highlight of our cruise. I highly recommend Mark and his crew at Moby Dick Tours.
Next came the Cayman Islands which was beautiful and we loved!! The only problem is that the ship stays for SO LITTLE time here! We took another private tour via Stingray Sailing to snorkel and feed the stingrays. They have a nice catamaran that only takes up to 25 people at a time so it was intimate and felt like being amongst friends! Our guides were great and knew exactly where to go and what they were doing. We were in very good hands here and enjoyed touching and holding the stingrays (many of which have their stingers cut off by the local authorities)! Afterward the stingrays, we snorkels for a bit and then headed back to shore. At the pier,, we shopped at the Rum Shop and that's where I discovered that the liquor was CHEAP!!! Less than half the price than in Jamaica! Buy here and they will box and ship everything for you and send it to the ship so you don't have to carry it around and can enjoy shopping near the pier. Before we knew it, our time was up here!!
The first and tendered port Grand Cayman gave us a smooth start for our Port Adventures with DCL. The trip with Don Foster (DFD?) out to Stingray City was great, and well organized and informed. The only drawback is perhaps how the company seemed to utterly ignore us as apparently an adult all male couple is uninteresting money wise. They are so wrong, and thus made no tips. But a great experience nonetheless!
We booked a private stingray/snorkling excursion with Cayman Eco Adventures. They were good - we got exactly what we were told would be included and we got to the Stingray sandbar before most other boats so we had a better experience. The reef snorkling was okay. The whole exercusion was only short of 3 hours - we would have preferred a long tour, but there were only 9 people on our boat instead of the 25-50 on every other one.
FAVORITE THING EVER IT WAS MAGICAL I CANT EVEN
Amazing! The rays were everywhere! Our guide let us feed them toward the end of the tour and provided snorkel masks for the swim. I would bring my own snorkel supplies next time since the boat didn't have enough for everybody. I was fortunate, I was travelling with a group and the first person off the boat grabbed a mask and snorkel so we shared! Spotted a barracuda while swimming, bonus! Would love to take my kids to this!
Nice, smaller group. Great price.
The Turtle Farm and Stingray City tour was the best excursion I have ever been on. Swimming with the turtles and the stingrays were the highlight of this tour. The staff did a wonderful job and were very informative.
Stingray City is a favorite for families with kids, as it's unique from excursions at other ports. While we had fun "interacting" with the stingrays, they are certainly not as much fun as dolphins. The weather was rough when we arrived to the shallow area where the rays hang out, and some people with poor balance had a hard time not crashing into other people. My 12-year-old daughter was pushed into a stingray and "stung" (scratched) on the thigh by the barbs.
ADVICE: Bring snorkel equipment or goggles to watch the rays underwater - spectacular!
Lots of fun, do NOT go to Grand Cayman without doing this excursion!!
We've been to Hell before (not impressed!) and to the turtle farm (which is great, especially for kids), so this time we opted for the stingray/dolphin swim tour. This is the 3rd time I've done the stingray swim and it was by far the best. We were on the boat My Way with captain Jim, and it was wonderful. The water was a little choppy, but it was not nearly as crowded as the last time I went and we stayed in the water with the rays for over 45 minutes. We were allowed to feed and pet them and have pictures made with them while the crew held them, but in addition to that several of them just swam up into my arms. They are such incredible creatures, and this is the only place where you can interact with them in the open ocean. Jim was really informative and you could tell that he's one of those people who genuinely love their job. On the way back they pulled up several conch shells, cleaned them and let us sample the raw conch (which was surprisingly good). He also stopped and brought up a huge, beautiful starfish which we held and made photos with before returning it quickly to the water. Definitely worth the money!!
This was great. I could move to Grand Cayman, what a fantastic place.
We did the String Ray and reef swim. It was fine but could have been better. There could have been better snorkel gear and explanation of how to snorkel. The reef they took us to after the Rays was nearby and was beautiful snorkeling. Pricey for what you got.
We took the tender over to Grand Cayman, you walk off the boat and there are multiple vendors set up in booths or tents. We found ours and after waiting for everyone to arrive we were then bused over to the boat, about a ten minute ride. The boat was a Catamaran that held about 30 people. After a saftey lesson we were on our way! It was very windy so we motored out to the Stingray Sandbar about 20 minutes away. As we approaced you could see the other boats and peopl already in the water with Stingrays. The Captain gaves us a brief description of what to do and how everyone was going to get ot hold the Stingrays. He and his crew got into the water first, found a very large female stingray, grabbed on to her and we each got into the water, circled around them and took turns holding the Stingray. It was very cool and a lot safer than I imagined. After about 45 minutes, we sailed off to the first snorkel spot. The water was very rough that day and we only stayed in it about 10 minutes and had to come out. A lot of other people managed to snorkel for 30 minutes. We then left for our 2nd and last snorkel area, which was a little more calm. There are plenty of tropical fish, an occasional turtle to see. It was a fun day and would do it again.
This was an experience of a lifetime. We were taken on a catamaran and our guides helped us really interact with with the stingrays. A totally enjoyable time!
The boat drivers were very involved in the excursion. They got out of the boat and facilitated interaction with the stingrays. Very good!