Grand Cayman (Georgetown) Stingray Swim Excursion Reviews

Encounter one of Grand Cayman's most popular sea creatures -- the stingray. Feed and touch them as you swim together in the island's turquoise water.
A long ride out, but worth it to swim with the stingrays.
A long ride out, but worth it to swim with the stingrays.
A long ride out, but worth it to swim with the stingrays. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This excursion cost the same as the Cruise Lines one.
This excursion cost the same as the Cruise Lines one. They just went Stingray on a junkie boat and back 2 1/2 hours. Captain Marvins-We went faster, nicer boat. More Stingray interaction, plus another snorkeling stop, and trip to ... Read More
This excursion cost the same as the Cruise Lines one. They just went Stingray on a junkie boat and back 2 1/2 hours. Captain Marvins-We went faster, nicer boat. More Stingray interaction, plus another snorkeling stop, and trip to Tortuga Rum Factory and Hell for only 8 bucks more.5 hours Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Boarded an air conditioned bus that transported us to the boat for a half hour trip to the sand bar.
Boarded an air conditioned bus that transported us to the boat for a half hour trip to the sand bar. We entered the waters that had many well fed people-friendly stingrays. We were one of about eight boats in the area and we stayed with ... Read More
Boarded an air conditioned bus that transported us to the boat for a half hour trip to the sand bar. We entered the waters that had many well fed people-friendly stingrays. We were one of about eight boats in the area and we stayed with our group. The guide attracted stingrays, held them for us to get close and comfortable. A photographer took pictures of us handling stingrays, then offered discs of the photos (I purchased 4 photos on a disk for $40, a bit high but worth it since I didn't have a waterproof camera and she allowed for group photos). On the ride back we were offered cups of pineapple soda and crackers (glad I had my own bottled water). The bus was at the dock within five minutes and we were transported back to the pier with no problem. We were in the water about an hour, which is enough in the tropical sun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great guys.
Great guys. Great times. Will be back for a second excursion.
Great guys. Great times. Will be back for a second excursion. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Cancelled because of bad weather.
Cancelled because of bad weather.
Cancelled because of bad weather. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
No rating given because the tour was cancelled.
No rating given because the tour was cancelled. This is the second time this has happened to me at Grand Cayman. If you book this and the weather is iffy have a contingent plan in mind. Maybe a trip to one of the beaches, a museum tour or ... Read More
No rating given because the tour was cancelled. This is the second time this has happened to me at Grand Cayman. If you book this and the weather is iffy have a contingent plan in mind. Maybe a trip to one of the beaches, a museum tour or even a walk around downtown. Another factor on this island is that some ships are not allowed to come into the main bay. Instead, they are sent to a tiny sandy area where tenders drop off hundreds of people into a corral where they have to fight for taxis or even seating waiting for a tour to leave. Taxis are $5US per person. A real disappointment if your ship can't get into the main harbor. Plan for long waits in the afternoon when 1000's try to board a few tenders back to their ships. Stress levels probably high as the ship departure time rapidly approaches. Both times I've been to GC we were not allowed to tender at the downtown site. I am not impressed with Grand Cayman's treament of these ships to the alternate site as second class travelers. It's a rich island, they should do something to improve this site. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was my absolute favorite port.This island is so beautiful and clean.
This was my absolute favorite port.This island is so beautiful and clean. We did the stingray excursion on the buccaneer catamaran which also included snorkeling. It took about 35min on the catamaran to get to the stingrays which was so ... Read More
This was my absolute favorite port.This island is so beautiful and clean. We did the stingray excursion on the buccaneer catamaran which also included snorkeling. It took about 35min on the catamaran to get to the stingrays which was so much fun. I have never snorkeled and thought it was just beautiful. This excursion does not include lunch, just punch and water so bring along some snacks because our teenagers did get hungry. We also had time to eat lunch at Margareteville which was a lot of fun as well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Swimming with Rays was AWESOME!!!
Swimming with Rays was AWESOME!!! Bring your underwater camera!!
Swimming with Rays was AWESOME!!! Bring your underwater camera!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Should have waited and booked on our own at the port....could have saved big money!
Should have waited and booked on our own at the port....could have saved big money! Wished we would have gone to the Turtle farm...heard great things about it and we would have had plenty of time.
Should have waited and booked on our own at the port....could have saved big money! Wished we would have gone to the Turtle farm...heard great things about it and we would have had plenty of time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a highlight of the day.
This was a highlight of the day. We swam, touched, held, kissed and fed stingrays on a sand bar about 6 miles from shore. We were lucky since we were the only ship in port that day. They said usually there are eight and about 800 people ... Read More
This was a highlight of the day. We swam, touched, held, kissed and fed stingrays on a sand bar about 6 miles from shore. We were lucky since we were the only ship in port that day. They said usually there are eight and about 800 people wanting to do stingrays. LOVED IT! doesn't do it justice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We weren't aware how long the boat ride out to the sandbar was going to be so we were surprised ...
We weren't aware how long the boat ride out to the sandbar was going to be so we were surprised when we were told another 25 minutes. The boat ride itself was great, very relaxing, friendly staff on board the boat. Stingray City ... Read More
We weren't aware how long the boat ride out to the sandbar was going to be so we were surprised when we were told another 25 minutes. The boat ride itself was great, very relaxing, friendly staff on board the boat. Stingray City itself is very crowded with other boats but they do a good job keeping all passengers separated. This was a great experience that we highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I don't remember the name of the company that took us out to Stingray City and the reef snorkeling, ...
I don't remember the name of the company that took us out to Stingray City and the reef snorkeling, but they were nice and courteous. The host, a woman named Jackie from South Africa, took photos of us with the stingrays and they ... Read More
I don't remember the name of the company that took us out to Stingray City and the reef snorkeling, but they were nice and courteous. The host, a woman named Jackie from South Africa, took photos of us with the stingrays and they turned out beautifully. We paid $35 for a DVD with about a dozen images. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great.
Great. Lots of stingrays. Experienced staff made us feel comfortable being among them.
Great. Lots of stingrays. Experienced staff made us feel comfortable being among them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The port is pure tourist and the island seems a lot like St Pete beach.
The port is pure tourist and the island seems a lot like St Pete beach. Unbelievable tour though! We sailed on a catamaran, snorkeled by a coral reef. Swam with the stingrays. Who knew they were cuddly? Captain Dexter was outstanding ... Read More
The port is pure tourist and the island seems a lot like St Pete beach. Unbelievable tour though! We sailed on a catamaran, snorkeled by a coral reef. Swam with the stingrays. Who knew they were cuddly? Captain Dexter was outstanding as was his over the top tall tale telling mate, Simon! The perfect ending to our cruise excursions Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Loved loved it.
Loved loved it. We were there early enough so the Stingray sandbar was not too crowded. We got to feed the stingrays and hold them and kiss them. I felt as though we had enough time here. There was someone who took pictures of us with ... Read More
Loved loved it. We were there early enough so the Stingray sandbar was not too crowded. We got to feed the stingrays and hold them and kiss them. I felt as though we had enough time here. There was someone who took pictures of us with the stingray. You could then buy the pics for $40-I thought this was a good deal since there was at least 15 personalized pics of us and some pics of the coral. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
For Grand Cayman, we had to be tendered to shore.
For Grand Cayman, we had to be tendered to shore. I definitely wasn't a big fan of this. I did the Stingray City excursion which was a lot of fun. The only downside is that there are so many groups that do this excursion (from ... Read More
For Grand Cayman, we had to be tendered to shore. I definitely wasn't a big fan of this. I did the Stingray City excursion which was a lot of fun. The only downside is that there are so many groups that do this excursion (from other ships and 3rd parties), that it's kind of a free-for-all on the sandbar. Definitely a lot of people, but it was still nice and fun. It was a trip seeing these huge stingrays swimming and actually bumping into you. Outside of that, we didn't do much in the port. When we were done with the excursion, we popped into a shop to buy a magnet and get back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Snorkeling was more of a mixed bag as my wife took off and explored the reef.
Snorkeling was more of a mixed bag as my wife took off and explored the reef. She gave it a 5+ while my 17 year old daughter had equipment issues and lacked experience. With some choppy water she would give it a 3.
Snorkeling was more of a mixed bag as my wife took off and explored the reef. She gave it a 5+ while my 17 year old daughter had equipment issues and lacked experience. With some choppy water she would give it a 3. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We booked the Stingray swim/Coral Gardens snorkel ahead of time with Discount Excursions for ...
We booked the Stingray swim/Coral Gardens snorkel ahead of time with Discount Excursions for $35/person. We were loaded into a bus with 20 other people and taken to the boat (stopping for ice and squid at the local market). The stingray ... Read More
We booked the Stingray swim/Coral Gardens snorkel ahead of time with Discount Excursions for $35/person. We were loaded into a bus with 20 other people and taken to the boat (stopping for ice and squid at the local market). The stingray experience was crowded (many other boats there), but a lot of fun and something everyone should do. The snorkeling was fantastic and the water clarity was amazing. Would recommend this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
You have to take a tender to the get to the island.
You have to take a tender to the get to the island. We were able to secure numbers to get on the first tender. If you don't get a number you may have to wait awhile. We did the Stingray City and it was a blast. We went on Moby ... Read More
You have to take a tender to the get to the island. We were able to secure numbers to get on the first tender. If you don't get a number you may have to wait awhile. We did the Stingray City and it was a blast. We went on Moby Dick Tours with Mark and couldn't have been better. We met him at the dock and took us by a bus to his boat. Once on board it is about a half hour ride out in the ocean to get to the sandbar where the stingrays are. We got to snorkel for a little bit then were able to feed and hold the stingrays as they swam around us. It was a lot of fun and so happy with the excursion we picked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very cool, but don't recommend it for small children.
Very cool, but don't recommend it for small children. You stand on a sandbar a half our boat ride off shore in water up to your chest (I am 5'2") and waves do move you around. The Sting rays swim around and between your ... Read More
Very cool, but don't recommend it for small children. You stand on a sandbar a half our boat ride off shore in water up to your chest (I am 5'2") and waves do move you around. The Sting rays swim around and between your legs. A MUST DO!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Buy your own under water camera as they charge a fortune for there own cd,over crowded when we ...
Buy your own under water camera as they charge a fortune for there own cd,over crowded when we arrived.
Buy your own under water camera as they charge a fortune for there own cd,over crowded when we arrived. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Absolutely wonderful.
Absolutely wonderful. This is something that needs to be experienced by EVERYONE.
Absolutely wonderful. This is something that needs to be experienced by EVERYONE. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
ok-very windy day, boat had a hard time getting close and had to take a lot of time parking and ...
ok-very windy day, boat had a hard time getting close and had to take a lot of time parking and reparking, and it was very full with other boats, if i were to do it again, i would book a very early excursion to avoid the crowd
ok-very windy day, boat had a hard time getting close and had to take a lot of time parking and reparking, and it was very full with other boats, if i were to do it again, i would book a very early excursion to avoid the crowd Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our poor bus driver was a good guide and told us much about the island, but she had not been warned ...
Our poor bus driver was a good guide and told us much about the island, but she had not been warned that the road to the small boat that was to take us out to the reef to see the rays had been closed. She then had to drive off-road in a ... Read More
Our poor bus driver was a good guide and told us much about the island, but she had not been warned that the road to the small boat that was to take us out to the reef to see the rays had been closed. She then had to drive off-road in a small bus to the dock and ask another boat captain where our boat was. We had to then drive to another port and arrived half an hour late, but the boat had waited for us. The folks who were already on the boat were from another tour and they had to wait that half hour for us to arrive, and they were not pleased. Once on the reef, there were many boats already there and they all seemed to be having a difficult time jockeying into position. So there was another great delay in getting us into the water to see the rays. It seemed to me that other boat captains were being a tad pushy. Otherwise the weather was great, the rays were abundant and interesting. It was really nice to get out onto the water and swim in the ocean and feed the rays. The boat's crew members were very helpful aiding folks in and out of the water and luring the rays, as well as making sure we saw the rays up close if we wanted to. A second bus driver who took us back to town was very amusing and personable. Some folks complained about this excursion to Celebrity and we all received a percentage of a refund. I didn't complain, and didn't really need a refund. I thought it was an amusing experience. Folks should relax more and enjoy the Caribbean way of looking at things. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises