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Hi there - We're excited about this cruise to the ABCs plus Grand Cayman. I've been to some of these islands on land trips but this is the first time in a long time. We're actually delightful people but this is why we're difficult: 🤣

  • I'd like to snorkel at one of the stops but am really a fairly novice snorkeler, so guidance/instruction would be great - I've snorkeled on my own offshore and that's it. I'd love to learn more. 
  • I'm also not comfortable on long rides on small boats - I get seasick and although I wear the miraculous patch on cruises, haven't yet tested on small boats, so a shorter ride than longer would be great to start with.
  • Husband says he won't snorkel so he'd need to enjoy the boat experience - he's not that hard to please :classic_cool: but won't want to feel left out if he's not snorkeling.
  • Definitely not looking for a party boat but refreshments are welcome!
  • Also prefer no young kids (we've raised ours, thank you, older teens are cool)
  • For another excursion, an uncrowded beach paradise would be great 🌴 (with at least some bathrooms)
  • We usually do beaches but if there are key cultural sites to visit - like, very important to see - we'd like to know that 
  • We don't care about shopping unless it's something truly unique (i.e., special spices come to mind)
  • Are there any outstanding resort for a day options on any of the ABCs? We're also doing Grand Cayman.

Excited to plan this and appreciate your help! Posting on the BC threads too. 

Thank you!

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I recommend the snorkel tour with Woodwind in Bonaire.  Dee gives great instruction on snorkeling, and they split the people in the boat into smaller groups, each group has a guide in the water.  The boat ride is very short, and the snorkeling is awesome.  

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we did DIY.  not sure if that's what you looking for but.....we just snorkeled in Curacao at Playa Grandi with sea turtles.  so if hubby not into snorkeling there's a pier he can watch from or loungers with umbrella and facilities he can watch from or swim.   we rented a car to get there. get there early as bus load come in about 11 and they scare off the turtles. after returning car i walked over the floating bridge which was cool and saw some sites.   Aruba was Arashi Beach by bus to swim.  they have palapa (sp?) ...huts free and lounge rentals are cheap and water is beautiful.  facilities available.  snorkeling is not great but we had fun looking.  took public bus which was fun.  Bonaire we rented a golf cart and road around the south loop first, stopped at one beach and the sites...slave huts, flamingos, etc. and north loop went to 1000 steps beach to snorkel.  that was fabulous.  the north loop is a one way after that beach so if you continue you are committed to a 2 plus hour drive.  we opted to head back to the ship for me to shop and explore the port area.

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