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Ever since my 3rd cruise (2nd on Carnival) when I took DD and her BFF on a 4-night Fantasy cruise out of Port Canaveral, I've wanted to return to Blackbeard's Cay, but it had seemingly vanished off the planet.
I'm sailing with a couple of friends in a couple of weeks and while I almost never do ship tours, I'm going to sign up for the stingray again. The stingrays were in a little shallow cove so it was a very relaxed experience. Unfortunately, we didn't have any beach time (it was really just a stingray excursion at that time), but what I saw looked beautiful.
Wish they offered "deluxe" versions of all the permutations instead of just with the beach option. Don't get the impression from reading the description that the lunch-included version is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink thing (like an all-inclusive). Maybe just lunch and a beverage. Way back in 2004, our excursion included lunch and it was just a voucher for $x. If you wanted more, you paid for it.
There's a thread (or two) on the Bahamas board. People should check there because I'm sure there were some sailing soon who were going to report back in that thread. After all, that's where Bahamas excursion threads belong.
Bobsfamily, I was wondering the same thing and posted a question about that to that review. I am thinking about cancelling our dolphin excursion in Freeport and booking this one instead. (its cheaper and includes the beach and a longer experience). I plan to wait though and see if anymore reviews are posted.
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After consulting with my sister, who's coming on my next cruise with me, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this. I booked the "Beach Day Deluxe" option for us both.
Cruise isn't for 55 more days, so there should be more feedback from others before we have our chance, but I'll report back any glowing compliments or complaints.
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I was on the dream last week and took "advantage" of this excersion. I say that in quotes cause it was horrible. Took over 40 min to get there, only had about 2 hours on the beach and was told had to leave cause there was only one boat back. Attempted to take picture of the beach and was told we couldnt because the sting rays and dolphins were in the picture. Drinks were $13 plus a $2 premium liquor upcharge(which wasnt asked for) so a total of $34 after their 15% tip for 2 8-10oz drinks which were horrible. Not much snorkeling available. Beach was beautiful though. Hope this helps.
I was told that this was a newly purchased island only a couple of weeks old. My sister and I did the excursion and loved it. Not much to do for kids. There is a pool and a waitress at the pool. We did not go into the water but heard it was very shallow. The beach is beautiful with lots of chairs and umbrellas. There is a bar, the drinks were great, a little expensive you can use your sign and sail card. There is a little food store and I think there was Starbucks if I'm not mistaken. The hamburger was pretty good, you can get the package with or without lunch. I would get the lunch, food was pricey. There are tables and couches in the sand really nice. From what I was told they are going to do more work on the island. It is basically for relaxing, I think they were playing games on the beach (didn't really pay much attention because I stayed at the pool).