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CarlaMasterson
October 12th, 2005, 12:39 PM
I am looking for comments on these 2 tour companies or booking the on the ship for the Stingray excursion. Do you prefer one over the other is so why?

ccrn
October 12th, 2005, 02:38 PM
I can't compare the 2, as we have only used Soto's. My party of 21 used Soto's in June. We all loved the experience. We got to all hold a stingray, feed a stingray, kiss it for luck, and got a stingray back massage. They also coaxed out a eel and a nurse shark at the snorkeling stop. My nephews were 4 at the time, and they even got a great experience with the rays. You can't beat the price, and we got very personalized service. I would not hesitate to use them again.

imatarb
October 19th, 2005, 11:02 AM
What is Soto's website?

luckyking
October 19th, 2005, 11:30 AM
ccrn, glad to hear that you had such a good experience with Soto's. We are looking to book them for our cruise in December. We have a group of 19 ranging from 20 months to 80 so your post was very helpful....thanks1

their website is www.sotoscruises.com (http://www.sotoscruises.com)
I have called them as well and they have been SO helpful with my many questions!

ccrn
October 19th, 2005, 12:32 PM
Luckyking, I am glad that you are putting your faith in soto's. We could not have been happier withthe service, and Kerry was also very helpful before our trip as well. I was very nervous, as I planned the trip for my entire family, but everyone was very pleased with Soto's. Have fun, and be sure to post about your trip when you get back.

Patty

ccrn
October 19th, 2005, 12:33 PM
Luckyking, make sure you ask Kerry to have a videographer on board. He made a DVD of our experience. There is no obligation to purchase it, but it was worth the $55.

luckyking
October 19th, 2005, 12:38 PM
CCRN, thank for the tip about the videographer, we will definately do that! This is the one excursions that our entire group is going to go on so a DVD would be great!!!

Lisa0719
October 19th, 2005, 02:02 PM
luckyking - when are you booking in december. we will be on the triumph in grand cayman on december 14. we have already booked Sotos for 13 of us. we used them last year too. it was a wonderful excursion.

luckyking
October 19th, 2005, 02:37 PM
LisaMc - We are there on Dec 14 too!! We are on the Grand Princess. Are you doing the 1st or second tour?

Lisa0719
October 21st, 2005, 01:14 PM
luckyking ----- we are doing the first tour, and you?

luckyking
October 21st, 2005, 03:51 PM
luckyking ----- we are doing the first tour, and you?

We are on the second one. Our ship doesn't get in until noon so we only had the option of the second one. We are all really looking forward to it.

Laudlams
October 24th, 2005, 10:12 AM
We are on the second one. Our ship doesn't get in until noon so we only had the option of the second one. We are all really looking forward to it.
luckyking, just wanted to say hi since we'll be on the second tour also! We don't have a large group (just my husband and me). We'll be coming from the Grand Princess, too. This is our first time to Grand Cayman and we're looking forward to this excursion.

luckyking
October 24th, 2005, 02:12 PM
luckyking, just wanted to say hi since we'll be on the second tour also! We don't have a large group (just my husband and me). We'll be coming from the Grand Princess, too. This is our first time to Grand Cayman and we're looking forward to this excursion.

Laudlams - Thanks for saying hello. I guess we will be seeing you in less than a couple of months, looking forward to meeting you! (I can't believe how soon it will be here!)
Do you have any other excursions booked for the other ports? We are trying to get our cave tubing booked in Belize. Just have to figure out who all is going to go.

luckyking
October 24th, 2005, 02:16 PM
Laudlams - I have to say that I am so glad to hear that you are coming from the Grand Princess. I was a bit nervous to book that second tour with having to deal with tendering and feared being late. Kerry assured me that they would wait. But now to hear that it's fellow Grand folks going, we'll be dealing with the same issues!

Laudlams
October 25th, 2005, 10:24 AM
Laudlams - I have to say that I am so glad to hear that you are coming from the Grand Princess. I was a bit nervous to book that second tour with having to deal with tendering and feared being late. Kerry assured me that they would wait. But now to hear that it's fellow Grand folks going, we'll be dealing with the same issues!
luckyking - I'm glad to hear that another group's coming from the Grand Princess. I was also worried about the timing because of tendering and not being able to meet in time, but with at least another group coming from the same ship, hopefully they'll be willing to wait if we're all late due to tendering! Do you know if the Grand Princess is on Eastern or Central time, or whether it's in the same time zone as Grand Cayman?

Laudlams
October 25th, 2005, 10:38 AM
luckyking - As for the other ports, we'll be doing the lost world canopy tour in Belize and probably one of the ruins excursions in Majahual (but not sure which one yet). Cave tubing sounds like it'll be lots of fun. We were debating between that and the canopy tour for awhile. We haven't decided on what to do in Cozumel yet.

Less than 7 weeks left! It'll be great to get away from the cold weather (we're in Michigan) in December!

CruiseMark
October 25th, 2005, 10:54 AM
Option C: Native Way Watersports! They're fantastic. http://www.nativewaywatersports.com

cabana
November 1st, 2005, 06:47 PM
We went on the Moby Dick and it was a grand time. The crew looked after us real nice. About 20 folks were on the boat that day. The price was also nice . Say Hi to Mark and Zack.

luckyking
November 2nd, 2005, 02:39 PM
luckyking - I'm glad to hear that another group's coming from the Grand Princess. I was also worried about the timing because of tendering and not being able to meet in time, but with at least another group coming from the same ship, hopefully they'll be willing to wait if we're all late due to tendering! Do you know if the Grand Princess is on Eastern or Central time, or whether it's in the same time zone as Grand Cayman?

Laudlams - I just looked up a world clock on the internet and found that Cayman time is 1 hour ahead of the central time zone since they don't observe daylight savings time. So, now the question is, the times that Princess has listed, are they ship time or port time....I'm a bit nervous because if it's ship time, that means that when we pull in at noon, it will really be 1:00 on the island, time for our excursion. Surely they realized that when we booked with them! I'll be calling them to verify.

luckyking
November 2nd, 2005, 04:16 PM
calling them soon to confirm.

Vol Navy
November 7th, 2005, 09:38 PM
The Moby Dick excursion includes a tour of the rum factory. Does anyone know what this includes?

cabana
November 8th, 2005, 06:26 PM
They didn't have that on the tour when we went with Moby Dick. but they did drop us off at the Palms on 7 Mile Beach on the way back. Nice folks

sgriff17
November 16th, 2005, 09:09 PM
What is moby's website?

cabana
November 17th, 2005, 01:16 PM
mobydicktours.com is the website.

pacerzfan
November 18th, 2005, 12:39 PM
We pre-booked and excursion with Soto Tours to swim and snorkel with the stingrays and snorkel at Coral Gardens for $30 per person. This was an excellent choice. The same excursion booked on the ship was $69 per person and our boat was a lot less crowded. Therefore we got very individualized attention and had plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful tour. I highly recommend it.

CB & TB
November 19th, 2005, 09:39 PM
Thank you so much for all this advice. I was comparing the cruise line prices with the independent prices and will definately go with one of the independents.

First time for me..........

twortman
March 2nd, 2006, 03:43 PM
I just booked the same excursion with Sotos. Kerry Soto informed me that they do not have the Videograher's Services any longer. I was disappointed about that, but its still a great deal and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.