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lhargrove62

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    San Jose, California
  • Interests
    diving, snorkling, reading, swimming
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Diving in Grand Turk: We dove with Oasys Divers through Carnival. We dove with them in 2014 and were happy to dive with them again. I usually dive on my own and not with the cruise ship. But, I got an email from Carnival offering 20% off any excursion in Grand Turk. I jumped on it. The walk to the end of the pier was not too long, even taking into consideration that were carrying all of our dive equipment. We waited at the meeting spot until the divers came to pick us up. We walked along the beach to the dive boat. Once we were on the dive boat we went to the dive shop where everyone got their dive gear. We bring our own gear so we swam in the ocean while everyone else got their gear. We were all set and ready to go while everyone else was trying to set up their equipment at the same time. We got in to 2 groups of about people. It was a large group, but then again we went with the cruise excursions. I love diving the wall in Grand Turk. It’s just awesome. We had a great dive. The crew was great. After the dive we went back to the dive shop. We swam in the ocean while everyone else turned in their equipment. The they took us back to the pier and dropped us off. The walk back was not too bad. Grand Turk is beautiful and a great place to dive.
  2. Diving in the Dominican Republic: We used Coral Point Dive shop. I was a little apprehensive about diving in the DR. People had told us not to expect much. There isn’t a lot to see etc. I was worried. We only get to dive 2 days when we go on a cruise and I didn’t want to waste one day on a bad dive. We could not have been happier with the day we had. We booked with Coral Point dive shop. It was about 30 minutes away from the cruise port. We had to take a taxi, which was pretty expensive. But, after paying for the taxi it was still cheaper to dive with Coral Point than it was to dive with the cruise ship. So, we chose to go with the taxi. Coral Point arranged the taxi for us. They were waiting for us with a sign when we got off the ship. It was very easy. One thing to know- we were charged 26.00 as an exit fee when we left the port. I was not aware of that charge. I was lucky I had a little extra money on me. That was a surprise. The taxi took us right to the dive shop. We were taken care of the minute we got there. We dove with Joanna- I hope I am spelling that right. Joanna gave us a great predive talk and really helped us get ready. We had 3 divers and 1 snorkeler with us, Joanna and the captain. No one else was on the boat with us for our first dive. The minute we were in the water we knew we had made a great choice. What a great dive. Joanna was great, the water was clear and the dive was so much fun. For our interval we went back to the dive shop. We were able to get into the ocean and relax while we waited. A few other people got on the boat with us. They were their own group. When we dove it was just us and Joanna again. Off we went for our second dive. It was even better. We dove around a shipwreck, then left for a while and then came back to the ship wreck for the end of our dive. We had a blast. So much to see. When we got done Coral Point called the taxi back for us. The taxi took us right back to the cruise port. It was a wonderful day. I would dive with Coral Point again in a heartbeat. Joanna ranks as one of our favorite dive guides.
  3. Diving in the Dominican Republic: We used Coral Point Dive shop. I was a little apprehensive about diving in the DR. People had told us not to expect much. There isn’t a lot to see etc. I was worried. We only get to dive 2 days when we go on a cruise and I didn’t want to waste one day on a bad dive. We could not have been happier with the day we had. We booked with Coral Point dive shop. It was about 30 minutes away from the cruise port. We had to take a taxi, which was pretty expensive. But, after paying for the taxi it was still cheaper to dive with Coral Point than it was to dive with the cruise ship. So, we chose to go with the taxi. Coral Point arranged the taxi for us. They were waiting for us with a sign when we got off the ship. It was very easy. One thing to know- we were charged 26.00 as an exit fee when we left the port. I was not aware of that charge. I was lucky I had a little extra money on me. That was a surprise. The taxi took us right to the dive shop. We were taken care of the minute we got there. We dove with Joanna- I hope I am spelling that right. Joanna gave us a great predive talk and really helped us get ready. We had 3 divers and 1 snorkeler with us, Joanna and the captain. No one else was on the boat with us for our first dive. The minute we were in the water we knew we had made a great choice. What a great dive. Joanna was great, the water was clear and the dive was so much fun. For our interval we went back to the dive shop. We were able to get into the ocean and relax while we waited. A few other people got on the boat with us. They were their own group. When we dove it was just us and Joanna again. Off we went for our second dive. It was even better. We dove around a shipwreck, then left for a while and then came back to the ship wreck for the end of our dive. We had a blast. So much to see. When we got done Coral Point called the taxi back for us. The taxi took us right back to the cruise port. It was a wonderful day. I would dive with Coral Point again in a heartbeat. Joanna ranks as one of our favorite dive guides.
  4. Snorkeling in Aruba: We booked Sailaway tours and were looking forward to a great day. We took a taxi and it cost $16.00 per taxi. There were 7 of us and they were not able to take more than 5 people per taxi so we had to get two. They told us to get there at 8:30 and we would sail at 9:30. My husband recently had knee surgery and we wanted to make sure he had a good spot to sit on the boat. We wanted to make sure he was comfortable. We got there right at 8:30. When we got there they asked me why were there so early. We waited for about 45 minutes and then they got us ready to go. We had to get into a smaller boat which took us to the boat for our tour. The smaller boat was not too small, and it was not hard to get in to it. It was a little challenging to get into the large boat, but too difficult. Once on board we choose our spot and settled in. The girls got onto the nets at the front of the boat. It was fun, but the ropes are not as comfortable as the netting on a catamaran. Make sure you have something to sit on or a dress over your bathing suit. The bar opened the minute we left port and the party started. We stopped at 3 different spots to snorkel. I enjoyed all three spots. The rope swing was opened during the 3rd stop. I didn’t get to try it because it was open while I was snorkeling. But a couple people from my group tried it and had fun. After the 3rd spot they had lunch ready. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the lunch. The chicken was so good! The rice was excellent. We all really enjoyed it. The staff on board were great and we had a great time. I would sail with Sailaway again. When we got back to ended up taking a bus pack to the port. It was only $3.00 per person. Much cheaper than the taxi’s.
  5. Snorkeling in Aruba: We booked Sailaway tours and were looking forward to a great day. We took a taxi and it cost $16.00 per taxi. There were 7 of us and they were not able to take more than 5 people per taxi so we had to get two. They told us to get there at 8:30 and we would sail at 9:30. My husband recently had knee surgery and we wanted to make sure he had a good spot to sit on the boat. We wanted to make sure he was comfortable. We got there right at 8:30. When we got there they asked me why were there so early. We waited for about 45 minutes and then they got us ready to go. We had to get into a smaller boat which took us to the boat for our tour. The smaller boat was not too small, and it was not hard to get in to it. It was a little challenging to get into the large boat, but too difficult. Once on board we choose our spot and settled in. The girls got onto the nets at the front of the boat. It was fun, but the ropes are not as comfortable as the netting on a catamaran. Make sure you have something to sit on or a dress over your bathing suit. The bar opened the minute we left port and the party started. We stopped at 3 different spots to snorkel. I enjoyed all three spots. The rope swing was opened during the 3rd stop. I didn’t get to try it because it was open while I was snorkeling. But a couple people from my group tried it and had fun. After the 3rd spot they had lunch ready. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the lunch. The chicken was so good! The rice was excellent. We all really enjoyed it. The staff on board were great and we had a great time. I would sail with Sailaway again. When we got back to ended up taking a bus pack to the port. It was only $3.00 per person. Much cheaper than the taxi’s.
  6. Diving in Grand Turk: We dove with Oasys Divers through Carnival. We dove with them in 2014 and were happy to dive with them again. I usually dive on my own and not with the cruise ship. But, I got an email from Carnival offering 20% off any excursion in Grand Turk. I jumped on it. The walk to the end of the pier was not too long, even taking into consideration that were carrying all of our dive equipment. We waited at the meeting spot until the divers came to pick us up. We walked along the beach to the dive boat. Once we were on the dive boat we went to the dive shop where everyone got their dive gear. We bring our own gear so we swam in the ocean while everyone else got their gear. We were all set and ready to go while everyone else was trying to set up their equipment at the same time. We got in to 2 groups of about people. It was a large group, but then again we went with the cruise excursions. I love diving the wall in Grand Turk. It’s just awesome. We had a great dive. The crew was great. After the dive we went back to the dive shop. We swam in the ocean while everyone else turned in their equipment. The they took us back to the pier and dropped us off. The walk back was not too bad. Grand Turk is beautiful and a great place to dive.
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