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“Stingray City and Snorkel with Sot Cruises”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Soto's Cruises

Soto's Cruises
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Owner description: Sotos Cruises has been in the watersports business for over 22 years. Our trained and experienced crew members always ensure great personalized attention. Our boat is very clean, well maintained and we carry all the safety equipment necessary. EXPERIENCE THIS GREAT TOUR WITH US !!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Aiken, South Carolina
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2 reviews
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“Stingray City and Snorkel with Sot Cruises”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! What a top notch operation!! Kerry Soto was waiting on our group of 10 at the cruise terminal and transported us in a clean, comfortable van to her office/dock area. Once there, we were introduced to Aster and Eryl, the crew, assigned snorkel equip and loaded on the boat. The boat held 25 which was just the right size to receive personal attention from the crew. The scenery is breathtaking on the ride to the sandbar and Aster and Eryl were very personable and informative. Each person received personal attention while in the water from the crew and was given the opportunity to hold the stingrays. The crew were very patient and wanted to make sure each of us got that special camera shot with the rays. The snorkeling was great (equipment was disinfected and in good condition). Absolutely no issues with getting back to the ship before sailing. Our group booked this excursion directly with Sotos (not through our cruise) and we were pleasantly surprised by the professional manner in which Kerry Soto responded to our emails and handled her business. Please check our their facebook page and don't hesitate to book your excursion directly with Sotos.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Lisa B
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Highly recommend this company! And I'm picky.”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

A reviewer below gave them one star because they chose to go with a different company when Soto's was booked. Way to knock down the rating for this great company. YOU chose to go with the other company instead of researching and booking yourself. This crew is the absolute best. The boat is clean and comfortable. The best part is that it's plenty big, but not as big as the more popular companies on the island. This is good because size does matter. The more popular companies serve larger crowds, which isn't a good thing. Our boat being smaller was one of the first out to the sandbar because we had less people to check in, transport, collect fees, fit for snorkel gear, etc. in total, there were 13 of us which means we got a lot of personal attention and more time with the rays. The same for snorkeling part of the tour. When the boat stops, it's better to have fewer people swimming around you then to have 40 people bouncing off of each other.
They also allow you to use your own camera which is nice. Of course they also take photos which they then try to sell you. The photo CD was $50.
Overall, if we ever go back I won't even research any other company and that says a lot because as the title says, I tend to be a bit picky. These guys are worth every penny. Don't hesitate to book with them.

Visited November 2012
4 Thank Jandlingle
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Mississauga, Canada
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent from start to finish”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Can't say enough good things about our experience with Soto's cruises. Great communication while booking the cruise. Charming and friendly reception at the cruise terminal. Transportation was spotlessly clean. Snorkel gear was clean and disinfected. Boat was solid and in good repair. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We loved being in a smaller group (we were about 10 people) and got lots of time both at Stingray City and Coral Gardens. Other boats on the same tour had 40 or 50 on the boat and people had hardly any time to interact with the stingrays. My wife was pretty apprehensive to begin with getting in the water, but was made to feel completely comfortable. The Stingrays are beautiful, gentle, docile creatures - it was amazing. Made it the most memorable part of our cruise. We would recommend this trip and this company to anyone thinking about Stingray City.

Visited November 2012
4 Thank Aprguy
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great experience!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Booked the stingray city and snorkel trip with Soto's. They picked us up from the cruise terminal and dropped us back off. Very accommodating. Had a great trip! There were 6 guests total on the boat (much appreciated vs the cattle boats) and we got to touch, hold, feed the sting rays! Snorkeling was good as well. Highly recommend and will use Soto's again. Thanks for a great time!

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Laura V
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San Marcos, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great Tour with Great Staff!”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

My family of 9 used Soto Cruises on June 7, 2012 for a visit to Stingray City while stopping in the CI's during a cruise. They staff was prompt, professional and very knowledgeable. We were met by Kerry at the cruise terminal and transported by van to the boat. The same tour from the cruise ship would have cost twice as much with over 100 people on the boat. We had a total of 16 on our tour. The tour was outstanding and the snorkling was great as well! If you are planning a visit to the CI's and want to tour Stingray City, I would highly recommend Soto Cruises. We had all the time we wanted at Stingray City and then followed up by snorkling at nearby coral reefs. Great tour!

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Terry N
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