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  1. Here's a link to the explanation on Carnival's website. https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3936/~/carnival-journeys-cruises
  2. We did the Black Pearl Snorkel and Sunset cruise in November 2018. We had a great time. The sailing was smooth and relaxing. We made a couple of stops to snorkel then we slowly sailed back to the dock while they served us delicious hot grilled cheese sandwiches. My husband said the sandwiches made the entire trip worth it. HA HA. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a sunset cruise.
  3. No, I double checked the e-mails after the trip. Nothing was mentioned about it.
  4. I just went through this in December. I booked a private yacht/snorkel excursion through Seas the Day. (Excellent trip, by the way!) We were supposed to meet them at 1:45pm. I told all my group to meet me at 1:30pm. I did not realize that island time was not the same as ship time in this port. I ended up running around like a lunatic trying to reach everyone to tell them we had to get off the ship an hour EARLIER than we had planned. Thankfully, I reached everyone at the very last minute and we made it to our tour just in time. I was a nervous wreck. Hopefully lesson learned about the difference of island time and ship time. Bad thing about it was I thought I HAD figured it out before we left and I was STILL wrong. NOT a fun way to start a day in port but could have been worse. LOL
  5. Take note that our Woodwind excursion was on island time which was an hour different from ship time. We were almost all an hour late showing up. The ship never made an announcement that island time was different. In my experience they usually do tell you the morning as you are debarking. Not this time. 😞
  6. We decided not to do a tour before hand. Decided we didn't want to risk missing Woodwind. Our friends that did not snorkel took a tour (through Carnival) and said we didn't really miss anything around the island. Also take note we were ALL late for our Woodwind excursion because island time and ship time was an hour different. I thought I checked before hand and it was the same but I was wrong.
  7. We just did this excursion on December 9th. I have snorkeled quiet a few times before in the Caribbean but had never done a drift snorkel before. I'd also only snorkeled in coves or very calm water, had never been out in the open ocean where the water was actually choppy. I was really nervous and pretty much talked myself out of it when I saw how rough the water was...didn't like the idea of being out there drifting away from the boat. One of the guides talked me into just trying it for a few minutes. She said she would hold my hand, all I had to do was put my face in the water and let her pull me around and ENJOY. She put a "belt" around my waist and also gave me a noodle. I AM SOOOO thankful I let her talk me into giving it a try. In less than five minutes I was comfortable enough to let go of her and do it on my own. It was one of the best things I have ever done. The views of the reefs, fish, turtles, sting rays, coral etc...was AMAZING! Just like the photos posted above. Your group stays with your guide. She has on these super long fins so she will dive down and point things out to make sure everyone in the group gets a chance to see everything. (I'll attach a picture.) You are SO close to the reefs at times you have to just stay on your stomach and float so you don't accidently kick and hurt the coral or the reefs. Amazing is not even a strong enough word for the sights we saw! I highly recommend Woodwind. If we get back to Bonaire I WILL do this with them again. P.S. we had snorkeled in St. Thomas a couple of days before and saw NOTHING like we saw in Bonaire. It was almost like the difference between watching black & white TV and color TV. The coral & reefs at St. Thomas have not recovered from recent hurricane damage. Very sad.
  8. I did get a response from them. They said they change their schedule when the cruise ships are in town and that we are confirmed for a four hour tour from 12pm-4pm. Their website is very misleading. I can imagine there are cruise passengers that don't book with them because they don't see the times they need. UPDATE: I don't see ANY times on their website now. I guess they took that off...now you have to email them to ask about availability. Oh well, we are booked. I guess that is all that matters. 🙂
  9. They don't return in time for us to do Woodwind either. I like to plan in advance as well but looks like we may have to find a cab to give us a 2 - 2 1/2 hour tour. I really want to see the salt flats, slave huts and maybe some flamingos. I don't want to go to a new island and not see some of the highlights.
  10. dawnvan, Thank you for the response. I really wanted to do Bonaire Photo Shoot. I sent them an e-mail asking if we could do it before our 12pm tour with Woodwind. They said we could not. They don't return until 12:30 so it would be too late. I am very disappointed. Oh well, I am sure I'll find something else.
  11. Did you find something to do? We are looking for the same thing in a couple of weeks. A tour around the island from about 8:30 - 11:30am. Booth44, is this one of the places you can find a taxi/tour as you walk off the ship? I really like to book in advance but I know that isn't always necessary.
  12. Thanks for the review. We are doing this next month. I can't wait. Eldaph, I checked their webpage a little while ago and now I only see them offering a morning tour. I sent them an e-mail asking to confirm that they have me down on the afternoon tour. I'm like you, I need a heads up if NOT so I can arrange the rest of my day. And I would be SO disappointed if I was to show up at 12pm and they had only done the morning tour.
  13. Yikes, that's not good. I haven't seen any complaints about that on trip advisor so maybe that doesn't happen often. Thanks for the heads up I will certainly check with them just in case. I'm still trying to figure out if we'll be able to get a fairly good tour of the island from 8:30-11:30AM. I hate to wait and grab a taxi when we get there. I really like to have everything arranged before I get to port.
  14. No, sorry I did not realize that comment was in the Bonaire section and not on my roll call. Not even sure how I got on there. This is my first time on CC in a few months. LOL
  15. I am booked with Woodwind so I looked back through my notes. I have hand written 18-20 people max but I'm not sure where I saw that information. If you look at pictures and reviews on TripAdvisor you can see it doesn't look crowded on the catamaran at all. Did you read the FAQ's on Woodwind's website? It says they break up into groups of about 6 and every group gets their own guide that points things out as well as takes pictures of the group and things spotted while snorkeling.
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