This was an up-charge excursion but we loved it. You remember the "pony rides for little kids" in city parks & zoo's, where the kid sits on a pony and is led around a course or path? Well this was the equivalent of "camel rides for retirees." It was simple but alot of fun. I recommend it, but with advance warning on what to expect.
The animals must get shampoo'd because there was no livestock smell. You climb board the back of Unimog 4WD trucks with a crude 2 step ladder and a step box and then drive out to the sticks to a stretch of beach in a preserve. Up the steps to a platform where its easy to step over and onto the camel with hand holds and saddle for 2. Then a guide leads each camel around a course and across the beack with waves crashing in the surf. Then a pro-photographer only photo session of individuals with a camel and feeding a carrot in your teeth to "kiss the camel," . And surprise surprise there are $99 photo packages to be purchased or a DVD taken of the caravan by drone. The photo up-sell was cheezy and we didnt bite.
This also included a short nature walk, which was fine but really a time filler so that each small group would be occupied until time to ride the camels.
It concludes with tequila tasting, corn tortilla grinding demo, and a Mexican lunch. That was all great fun, even the tequila tasting because there were discernable differences explained and it wasn't just an event for college kids to bang back shots of liquor. It was rather enjoyable to be in the open air, under a roof, and on the beach near the spray of the ocean.
But the Regent booking price for this optional excursion was ~$199 per person, which was double the rate for the very same excursion on Trip Advisor. But after bein wait listed, I tried booking before sailing on Trip Advisor, but that was only for "hotel pick up" and nor "cruise terminal' pick up. I'd recommend booking it yourself on trip advisor and getting a cab or taking a shuttle to a hotel. I didnt because I wasnt sure I'd get back to the ship on time if I want separate, but having seen the set up, I'd recommend booking it independently.
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