River Tubing

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#1
Toledo
53 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
We have booked the river tubing tour throught Princess the week of November 10th. It seems very popular, as we were the last two to get the reservation. I have heard alot of negative reviews about the tour/. I'm hoping that some recent passengers that took the tour can update me with their opinion. Thanks
#2
Chandler,AZ
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Joined Sep 2003
Sorry, we did it a year and a half ago, so not very recent, but we had a great time. I personally don't understand the negative reviews, but to each their own. We did it thru Princess too and even though we were cancelled half way thru since it was raining and the water levels were getting too high, I would still recommend it.

Maybe somebody else can answer better who has done it this year.
#3
England
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Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by AZPam
Sorry, we did it a year and a half ago, so not very recent, but we had a great time. I personally don't understand the negative reviews, but to each their own. We did it thru Princess too and even though we were cancelled half way thru since it was raining and the water levels were getting too high, I would still recommend it.

Maybe somebody else can answer better who has done it this year.
Did you get a refund then if it was cancelled half way through? We're interested in doing this in January 2008
#4
Chandler,AZ
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Joined Sep 2003
We were given some options when we met them in port. They said since it was raining and they couldn't guarantee the water levels, we could have a full refund right then and there, no problem. If we choose to take the ride and got there and found the water levels to be too high and unable to get in, then we could have a half refund. If we got into the water and started the excursion, there would be no refunds. I thought it was very fair the way they handled it and even though we only got to do a short trip, it was still worth every cent, in my opinion.
#5
England
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Joined Feb 2004
For those of you who have done it, which Island is better from an organisational and safety point of view, Grenada or Dominica please? I note the costs from the ship are about the same - $69. Can it be done DIY or are they all contracted to the cruise lines, and how do you get to and from the river DIY??

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#6
Teaneck, NJ
1,847 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
I don't know about Grenada, but in Dominica you can book independently through Wacky Rollers. In addition, you can get a Fredos tour that includes the Wacky Rollers tour.

We booked river tubing in Dominica last year, and it was cancelled due to heavy rains the day before. I'm sorry to hear that the same thing can happen in Grenada, since we've booked the ship's river tubing tour there
#7
NJ
7,255 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Has anybody ever booked river tubing not through the ships? If so who did you use? Who do you recommend?
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Chandler,AZ
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Joined Sep 2003
It wasn't possible in Grenada a few years ago as they had a contract with the cruise ships. Maybe it's changed?
#9
Bedminster, NJ
15 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
We went river tubing in Grenada last week. The trip was rather short, and we had to wear helmets, but overall it was a lot of fun..The staff has lots of energy.
We booked through Princess for $80 each...It was an hour trip each way from the ship.
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Ontario, Canada
96 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
We booked independantly on our cruise Feb 07 and the fellow said that you can only book through the cruiseships now. We had booked in the fall of 06 so he honoured our excursion. My wife and I had the whole river to ourselves. It was short but had a great time
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Worcester, MA
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Joined May 2006
When you guys say the tour was short, how long were you actually on the river? was it worth the hour there and back, in your opinion? Thanks
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Chandler,AZ
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Originally posted by Qino2
When you guys say the tour was short, how long were you actually on the river? was it worth the hour there and back, in your opinion? Thanks
I thought it was because we got to see so much of the island too. Our driver even pointed out things of interest. I guess it all depends on what you really want out of it personally.
#13
Virginia
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Joined Feb 2008
We did the river tubing Jan 29, 2008. Its a windy narrow road over the mountain to other side of the island. I personally like to see the countryside. The tubing required both a helmet and life jacket; we were in the water for about an hour. Plenty of energetic helpers to get us through the tight spots. This is not the same as rafting in WV but was fun, worth the time and $.
#14
Oklahoma
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A friend that is traveling with us is Pregnant but in great shape. She is extreamly active. We were hoping to go River tubing? Anyone who has done this, do you think this would be dangerous for her?
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#15
Worcester, MA
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We booked the river tubing tour through celebrity in Grenada. They packed us in a hot crappy bus, the driver was a maniac and the ride was very long, close to an hour each way, which we knew going in but thought we would have slightly more comfortable transportation. Top it off, the driver stopped on the way up at a spice shop where we stayed for over 20 minutes (much longer than anyone needed, and some of us just wanted to get to the river) while he snuck outside and drank beer and red bull for free for bringing a load of tourists there. I watched him chuck the bottles down the hill into the rainforest! I hate littering, and there was a trash can right there. When we finally got to the tubing, we had a good time, but the actually tubing time is short, and not worth the long ride in my opinion. Almost everyones tubes were leaking, you could see bubble coming up from under the water. The guides also splash you A LOT, in the face, even if you ask them to stop. Almost lost my contacts right out of my eyes. For the $64 a person, this was a total ripoff! Try the tubing in Dominica, it is bound to be better than this.
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