Private stingray tour advise

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#1
Chicago area
2,096 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Hi All,
Need some advise on whether to take a morning or afternoon tour to stingray city. Our boar arrives at 8am and leaves at 4:30. Last tender is 3:45. I can get a tour starting at 11:30 coming back at 2:45, this would be easier to get off the ship, but I am concerned about the lines at the tender.
Should I go earlier, I know there might be some issues with getting off the ship without a Carnival cruise at this time, but I have not done that before.
Any advise would be great.
Thanks
#2
Vancouver, BC, Canada
573 Posts
Joined May 2009
I haven't been on a cruise stopping in Grand Cayman, but I have been in town enough afternoons to have witnessed the crowds. The first time I saw a lineup about 3 blocks long I thought...? WT??? ...Then I realized they were in lines for the tenders. Maybe it moves quickly, and maybe it's not always that bad, (surely worse when there's 6 or 7 ships in) but I've seen the lineups many times. So I would leave plenty of time to get back onboard.
Besides, a morning tour would probably be nicer. The water tends to be calmer in the morning and you might be better able to beat the other boats. I've done the shallow dive with stingrays, not the snorkel, but it was awesome. Amazing, graceful, gentle creatures.
#3
Arizona
249 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
What did u mean that there might be issues with getting off the ship with a Carnival shore excursion?
#4
Magnolia Texas
295 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
The Conquest was there from 8-4. We booked with Stingray Sailing (which was FABULOUS BTW!! -- HIGHLY recommend them!)

WE were supposed to meet @ the dock by 8:15. We were NOT on the first tender out but were there by 7:45. We didn't make any special arrangements but still didn't have any trouble being on the 2nd tender out.

We were back in town by 12:30 and hung out the rest of the afternoon @ Margaritaville. They have a second-floor waterslide & small pool my son loved! And I could see him from my table inside!