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Review of Allura Catamaran

Allura Catamaran
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel in the world famous waters of Grand Cayman's Stingray City. From the Cayman Islands Yacht Club you will board the amazing Allura catamaran. Spacious, comfortable and with shaded area if you wish, Allura is the ideal boat to sail the beautiful Cayman waters. You will be able to swim, feed and interact with dozens of Southern stingrays who will eat from your hand.
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

This was a top notch experience and I would definitely book this again. In fact, I want to go back! The staff was courteous and professional, the photographer was reasonable, knowledgable, and friendly. The stingrays were simply magical.

3  Thank laurantwins
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

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.

3  Thank Drofnilmom
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

There are dozens of different tours that go to Stingray City. This one will provide you with a great balance of comfort, convenience and service.

The dock for Allura is about a 10-15 minute bus ride from the pier. She's a catamaran, and you'll be on board with a crew of 3 plus a couple of dozen other guests. Get on early for the best seats which are on the "trampoline" up front where you have great views and the water beneath you.

The crew consists of captain, a deck hand who also serves as stringray wrangler (more on that in a minute) and a photographer. The boat is comfortable, no food, but they do usually have coffee, water and juice. There is a restroom, but remember you're on a boat, it's small and will test your balancing skills.

From the dock, stingray city is about 10 miles and depending on conditions can take up to an hour to reach. Once you're there,a ladder is lowered and you'll step onto the sandbar into water that is waist to chest deep. The water is stunningly clear, and you're going to quickly find stingrays swimming around you. Shuffle your feet, dont lift them, to avoid stepping on one.

You'll find a dozen or more other boats parked around this same spot, with everyone in the middle doing the same thing. Your deck hand will wrangle up some stingrays and let you hold them, kiss them, etc. The photographer is not obnoxious at all, but find her and she'll get some great pictures of you interacting with the stingrays.

After an hour or so, it's back on board for the trip back to town. You'll get the opportunity to review and buy pictures during the ride back. Again, no sales pressure here at all, if you have no interest in her pics, you wont be bothered at all. Once back at the dock, the bus takes you back to the pier. Do the morning session and you'll have just enough time for lunch and a little beach time.

Stingray City is THE must do excursion in Grand Cayman, dont miss it. And Allura is a great way to get out there with a great boat and friendly helpful crew.

3  Thank Ricky L
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

All the reviews are true - sailing in the catamaran was fun all by itself, and the crew was great. Captain Les, Big D, and Luann made us all feel very comfortable and excited to meet the stingrays. They took great care with us, not pushing anyone who was scared of the stingrays, but also very encouraging to anyone who was a little nervous but really wanted to interact with them. They also took great care with the stingrays, were very respectful of them, and always watching out for their best interests, which I appreciate. This crew seems enthusiastically in love with these beautiful, graceful, and mellow sea creatures...the crew's happiness in their work is contagious, and it made for a wonderful excursion in every way.
The catamaran leaves early, and has a fairly small maximum capacity, so you get to the sandbar before huge ships with loads of people inundate the place. The water is unbelievably clear.

3  Thank texfoolette
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

My family went to stingray city on the Allura on Friday Feb 15th, with aprox 20 pax on board. Everyone was very friendly, took time to ease any fears of the stingray and made sure everyone got to interact with them. This was my husbands and my 3rd time out to stingray city but my children's 1st, it is an experience they will never forget. I just want to thank Lu for the amazing photos she took while we were there.

1  Thank jmrowe76
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