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.
Georgetown Here were went on a snorkeling excursion I booked direct with the company.
Georgetown Here were went on a snorkeling excursion I booked direct with the company. We went to Sting Ray City and then a reef. Sting Ray city is a definite must do. Again, try to get there as early as possible. We then went to Seven ... Read More
Georgetown Here were went on a snorkeling excursion I booked direct with the company. We went to Sting Ray City and then a reef. Sting Ray city is a definite must do. Again, try to get there as early as possible. We then went to Seven Mile Beach (overrated IMO) and had a horrendously overpriced mediocre meal on the beach. We then had to run through the city and barely made it back to the ship-on the last tender! I give this stop a "meh". I found it overpriced. I would like to go again to experience more of the real city. Our excursion took the entire time we were there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Awesome time at Stingray City.
Awesome time at Stingray City. Our tour operators were absolutely awesome. Would recommend it to anyone.
Awesome time at Stingray City. Our tour operators were absolutely awesome. Would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was great.
This was great. I could move to Grand Cayman, what a fantastic place.
This was great. I could move to Grand Cayman, what a fantastic place. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We did not like Stingray Swim, but the kids on board loved it
We did not like Stingray Swim, but the kids on board loved it
We did not like Stingray Swim, but the kids on board loved it Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Thursday we were in Grand Cayman and my kids, sister, and I booked a stingray/snorkel/beach day ...
Thursday we were in Grand Cayman and my kids, sister, and I booked a stingray/snorkel/beach day through Native Ways. The tour was excellent and we loved Andrew and JC! Top notch operation and I would HIGHLY recommend using them. The ... Read More
Thursday we were in Grand Cayman and my kids, sister, and I booked a stingray/snorkel/beach day through Native Ways. The tour was excellent and we loved Andrew and JC! Top notch operation and I would HIGHLY recommend using them. The water was very choppy that day but we had a GREAT time with the rays! What wonderfully gentle creatures they truly are. If you haven't had a chance, do it! They are wonderful! With the currents being pretty strong the snorkeling left us all exhausted after only about 30 minutes. We then headed to rum point beach for lunch and about 1.5 hours of relaxation. It was an awesome day! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Grand Cayman was gorgeous - we did stingray city plus 2 snorkel stops with Captain Marvin's tours.
Grand Cayman was gorgeous - we did stingray city plus 2 snorkel stops with Captain Marvin's tours. Wish it had been a bit less crowded when we were with the Stingrays and at Coral Gardens (the second snorkel stop.)
Grand Cayman was gorgeous - we did stingray city plus 2 snorkel stops with Captain Marvin's tours. Wish it had been a bit less crowded when we were with the Stingrays and at Coral Gardens (the second snorkel stop.) Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
So I was on the Carnival Legend, which really wasn't a very great experience.
So I was on the Carnival Legend, which really wasn't a very great experience. It wasn't all together bad, but I kind of felt like my vacation wasn't all it could have been. Then I get to Grand Cayman. We met Chip the captain ... Read More
So I was on the Carnival Legend, which really wasn't a very great experience. It wasn't all together bad, but I kind of felt like my vacation wasn't all it could have been. Then I get to Grand Cayman. We met Chip the captain right at 11:15, and we proceeded to pick up 2 more guests from a hotel, and we were on our way to the Far Tortuga. We only had 6 people on our tour, and we had 4 crew members on board. His Catamaran was nice and roomy for 6 people. I'm not sure how it would be with 15+ because you'd be fighting to lay on the trampoline up front. We sail out to the sandbar first, and Chip explains how to handle and interact with the stingrays. I admit I was a bit nervous about this, because who can forget Steve Irwin? My girlfriend did it once before though, and said it was a must do... She wasn't lying. It was such an amazing experience. I will note that there was many boats around the sandbar. Most boats had between 25-50 guests on each. Again ours had 6! You can't beat that kind of personalized attention. Since there was many boats, there was many waves. The water was around 3 or so feet deep, but the waves sometimes made it 6 feet plus. That was the scariest part, because you could run into the rays. That did happen to me, a ray actually was pushed into me by a wave. It felt about like a sharp finger nail. Nothing serious at all, and it wasn't anyone's fault. We got to feed a lot of the stingrays, and hold one for an extended period of time and got some great photos. There was also on onboard photographer that would sell you his pictures if you did not have an underwater camera like we did. On the way back they had great fresh fruit, and a lot of beer. Good selection too of American beers like bud light and miller, and also had some red stripe and some girly Smirnoff's. All in all, this trip was amazing, and I would go back again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We did Captain Marvin's 2 stop tour...Stingray City and snorkeling.
We did Captain Marvin's 2 stop tour...Stingray City and snorkeling. I highly recommend Captain Marvin for your tours. Very professional, friendly, and so helpful!! If you do not do Stingray City in the Grand Cayman you will ... Read More
We did Captain Marvin's 2 stop tour...Stingray City and snorkeling. I highly recommend Captain Marvin for your tours. Very professional, friendly, and so helpful!! If you do not do Stingray City in the Grand Cayman you will miss an experience of a lifetime!!! This is the most exciting thing I have ever done!!!! The stingray is absolutely beautiful...a stunning swimmer!!!! We were able to hold one, kiss one, pet them, feed them, and just be there in the same water with them!!! They are huge!! They also took pictures of each person as they held the rays and you had the option of buying your photos on a CD on the way back. So bring some extra cash...you will definitely want your pictures!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Best island visit.
Best island visit. The people and shops are more interesting and Sting Ray city is fabulous.
Best island visit. The people and shops are more interesting and Sting Ray city is fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
excellent, took very good care of us and reasonably priced pictures
excellent, took very good care of us and reasonably priced pictures
excellent, took very good care of us and reasonably priced pictures Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
On the stingray portion of the excursion, our guides were awesome.
On the stingray portion of the excursion, our guides were awesome. We got plenty of the time in the water, and they made sure that everyone got to hold/pose with stingrays
On the stingray portion of the excursion, our guides were awesome. We got plenty of the time in the water, and they made sure that everyone got to hold/pose with stingrays Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Booked with an independent operator, they waited on the dock until all pre-registered guests were ...
Booked with an independent operator, they waited on the dock until all pre-registered guests were there before departing. Combined snorkeling/stingray expedition. From the description, I had envisioned this as calm, thigh deep water on a ... Read More
Booked with an independent operator, they waited on the dock until all pre-registered guests were there before departing. Combined snorkeling/stingray expedition. From the description, I had envisioned this as calm, thigh deep water on a sandbar. The day we were there the water was quite choppy and waves from boats departing were often shoulder high. Still a lot of fun for my four year old, but definitely had to be held the whole time. Ample opportunities to interact with hungry stingrays. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
This was fantastic.
This was fantastic. We negotiated a price with several operators after getting to port and it was worth the trouble. Stingray city is amazing and Native Ways took us to two different places to snorkel afterwards. Great deal and the boat ... Read More
This was fantastic. We negotiated a price with several operators after getting to port and it was worth the trouble. Stingray city is amazing and Native Ways took us to two different places to snorkel afterwards. Great deal and the boat operators were great. Even if you don't like snorkeling, you can do just Stingray City which is just over waist deep. They have equipment, but we had our own. And they have life jackets if you are nervous. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great experience!!
Great experience!! Our tour people were friendly and nice. We got ample time in the water for both the Stingray swimming and the snorkling. I would highly recommend it for anyone.
Great experience!! Our tour people were friendly and nice. We got ample time in the water for both the Stingray swimming and the snorkling. I would highly recommend it for anyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider:
Caymans - By far our best port experience.
Caymans - By far our best port experience. We did our own excursion (not one of the Carnival choices). We booked a private charter from www.sailcayman.com and it was awesome. The captain (O'Neil) took us out to a private area and we ... Read More
Caymans - By far our best port experience. We did our own excursion (not one of the Carnival choices). We booked a private charter from www.sailcayman.com and it was awesome. The captain (O'Neil) took us out to a private area and we had our own stingray experience...much less crowded than the sand bar everyone else goes to. We then went to another place to snorkel. Food & Drink as well as transportation to & from the port provided. Can't say enough about this excursion. Trip Advisor has nothing but positive reviews as well. The water in the Caymans was the most beautiful I've ever seen...like a postcard everywhere you looked. One really cool aspect of this excursion was that this captain actaully used the boat's sails a lot ..more than the engine of the boat. This provided a realy unique and relaxing experience. My understanding is that most charters don't do this...they just use the boat engines everyone. We really really liked the sailboat aspect of this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Independently, we had our third satisfying experience with Moby Dick's snorkel/stingray city tour.
Independently, we had our third satisfying experience with Moby Dick's snorkel/stingray city tour. For $45 cash pp (and $20 tip pp, yes it was that good!), we were delighted to be the first tour out in a week (due to the choppy seas ... Read More
Independently, we had our third satisfying experience with Moby Dick's snorkel/stingray city tour. For $45 cash pp (and $20 tip pp, yes it was that good!), we were delighted to be the first tour out in a week (due to the choppy seas of Hurricane Sandy). We got off the Moby Dick bus at Seven Mile Beach and enjoyed the lovely soft sand and beautiful scenery. We bargained with the cab driver for the jaunt back to the ship - $4 pp. Others recruited by the driver paid up to $7 pp! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Stingray City tour.
Stingray City tour. We had a great time. The water was very clear and the stingrays were all over the place.
Stingray City tour. We had a great time. The water was very clear and the stingrays were all over the place. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Don't forget a waterproof camera
Don't forget a waterproof camera
Don't forget a waterproof camera Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We went to Stingray City and interacted with wild/tame stingrays at a shallow section of the ocean ...
We went to Stingray City and interacted with wild/tame stingrays at a shallow section of the ocean away from land. It's pretty remarkable that these creatures are so friendly and tolerant. Of course, I would be too if I had free meals ... Read More
We went to Stingray City and interacted with wild/tame stingrays at a shallow section of the ocean away from land. It's pretty remarkable that these creatures are so friendly and tolerant. Of course, I would be too if I had free meals everyday :) Nice ride out, plenty of time to enjoy one of those nature "religious" experiences. It was our bucket list and I'm really glad we did it. The water was crystal clear. It's kind of a "must do" thing. Do it! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Two families traveling together had a boat to ourselves for a morning tour.
Two families traveling together had a boat to ourselves for a morning tour. We thought the time, value, and transportation put this tour as one of the best. We booked through Soto's Cruises and had a great time
Two families traveling together had a boat to ourselves for a morning tour. We thought the time, value, and transportation put this tour as one of the best. We booked through Soto's Cruises and had a great time Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We've been to Grand Cayman many times and have seen all the tourist stuff.
We've been to Grand Cayman many times and have seen all the tourist stuff. The best the island has to offer is underwater! Shopping is typical of all the "duty free ports." Hell is ugly. The turtle farm, San Pedro's ... Read More
We've been to Grand Cayman many times and have seen all the tourist stuff. The best the island has to offer is underwater! Shopping is typical of all the "duty free ports." Hell is ugly. The turtle farm, San Pedro's Castle, Botanical Gardens all bored us. The above ground cemetery is cool, as are the blow holes on the south side of the island. Once we went on the Atlantis Submarine, down 1000 feet along the reef wall. It was absolutely incredible! We had light for about 200 feet, then they used spotlights. Expensive, but fabulous. You can book in once you're on the island. No need to do it through the cruise line or private company. You can snorkel Eden Rocks right off the sidewalk. No need to book it through an excursion company. Just don't bring valuables that you'll leave on shore. Seven Mile Beach is a $4 cab ride from the port and free beach admission. You should have water shoes. Although the beach is sandy, the water bottom is rough coral and rocks. There is some decent snorkeling right off shore. The reef there is dead, but still supports all the pretty fish life. We LOVE Sting Ray City. No, we're not afraid of them. I know a lot more people who've been killed in auto accidents than by sting rays, and I still go in cars! It's a sand bar and waist or chest deep, depending on tides and your height. The rays come to feed. The naturalists on all the tours instruct you on how to walk and move in the water, how to feed them, how to hold them, help you get a kiss and back rub from them, etc. We usually have about 30-45 minutes in the water with them, and it's never enough time! Not everyone uses a mask or snorkel, but I recommend it for a better view both from under and above the water surface. And if you have an underwater camera, bring it! Most boats also have pro photographers that take great pictures and will sell you a CD with shots of you and the rays, along with some stock photos, for an exorbitant fee that I always sucker for. We have gone with Captain Marvin, NativeWay Watersports, and now Captain Bryan. All were excellent in informing us about the rays, providing opportunity to handle them, snorkel instruction, helping all guests on and off boats and will special needs, providing beverages, supervising snorkelers at reef stops. I really choose a tour based on what we want to do. We used to like Rum Point, when there was good snorkeling. The past few visits the snorkeling was not good because condo development around the bend killed the reef, and the lunch food wasn't as good as in the past. So we now skip that stop. But if you want to include a beach break in your day with sting rays and snorkeling, Rum Point is a good option as there usually is not enough time to spend at 7-mile beach in addition to a snorkel and ray tour. We went on the Buccaneer Catamaran tour with Captain Bryan this year. We went to sting ray city and had two snorkel stops, coral reef and coral gardens. All three stops were wonderful. Water was rough, so I found getting on and off the boat a bit of a challenge, but the crew were very helpful. We really enjoyed the itinerary. The only disadvantage, from our perspective, was that the tour started late, a 12:10 (ship time) check in. We left the ship a little after 10 and wasted time walking around Georgetown. The excursion got us back about an hour before we needed to take a tender back. Given our druthers, we like to tour first, then arrange the rest of our time contingent up when we get done with the tour and when the last tender is. When we walked around town we had our clothes on over bathing suits (hot!) and we carrying handbag and all our snorkel gear, towels, sunblock, etc. There's no place at the port to lock or secure stuff. The advantage of a late start was fewer people at Sting Ray City with us, as it can get very crowded. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We didn't book with the ship because we were told by friends who had just returned that there were ...
We didn't book with the ship because we were told by friends who had just returned that there were many options on the dock to book excursions that were much cheaper than doing it through the boat. By far one of the coolest things I ... Read More
We didn't book with the ship because we were told by friends who had just returned that there were many options on the dock to book excursions that were much cheaper than doing it through the boat. By far one of the coolest things I have ever done was Stingray city and it is LOADED with stingrays. And they rub right up on you and swim around you. It's definately a must. All of the boat operators were very helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider:
Very safe..
Very safe.. stingrays are wonderful, saw dolphins swimming near our boat. NO Water shoes are allowed so save your money. Bring an underwater camera as some tours don't take photos. Snorkle equipement is provided free as are drinks.
Very safe.. stingrays are wonderful, saw dolphins swimming near our boat. NO Water shoes are allowed so save your money. Bring an underwater camera as some tours don't take photos. Snorkle equipement is provided free as are drinks. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Our last excursion on Thursday was the dolphin encounter and stingray city on Grand Caymon Island.
Our last excursion on Thursday was the dolphin encounter and stingray city on Grand Caymon Island. What a thrill to feed the stingrays. They are truly gentle giants. The dolphin encounter was everything I wished it would be.
Our last excursion on Thursday was the dolphin encounter and stingray city on Grand Caymon Island. What a thrill to feed the stingrays. They are truly gentle giants. The dolphin encounter was everything I wished it would be. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
When we arrived at the turtle farm we were quickly put with a guide who walked us around the ...
When we arrived at the turtle farm we were quickly put with a guide who walked us around the different tanks of the farm and gave us some great info about how and why it started. My favorite part was definitely holding the 1 year old ... Read More
When we arrived at the turtle farm we were quickly put with a guide who walked us around the different tanks of the farm and gave us some great info about how and why it started. My favorite part was definitely holding the 1 year old turtles. You can also go snorkling in their lagoon but honestly that wasn't too exciting. There were very few turtles in there and you aren't allowed to touch those ones because they are getting released into the wild. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line