We just returned from a Western Caribbean cruise and were fortunate to book this excursion while in Grand Cayman. It was a top quality experience from start to finish. Transportation to the Yacht Club was a 15 minute ride in an air conditioned van. Our guide pointed out interesting places and chatted the whole way. Once on the Allura we had a quick safety briefing and met the crew. Next we enjoyed a 45 minute ride out to the Stingray City sandbar. On the way there, the captain introduced us to Luana who explained what we would be seeing and doing with the stingrays. The catamaran was not too crowded, only about 20 other passengers. The water was gorgeous and even though I was nervous about being with the stingrays, the crew helped me feel calm and I actually got to touch and kiss a stingray. Luana took about 100 pictures of our family and we were able to purchase the disk from her.
We spent about 45 minutes in the water with the stingrays swimming all around us. It was thrilling! Then we climbed the ladder back onto the Allura and made our way back to the Yacht Club.
Our kids age 14 and 11 absolutely loved the experience. There were quite a few boats out there on the stingray sandbar but I think the Allura was the best one. Not crowded, very beautiful, great crew. The only disappointing aspect was that we didn't actually SAIL on the catamaran...used the motor the whole way out and back. Other than that, this excursion was fantastic.
The whole trip from the cruise ship dock and back was about 4 hours. The boat captain recommended a great place to eat lunch, Rackams and the van driver dropped us off on the way back to the dock. Thanks to everyone who made our day in Grand Cayman WONDERFUL.
I highly recommend this excursion! I hope I get to do this again in my lifetime.
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