I look at every trip I book/place I stay on Trip Advisor before booking, so I can't say that I wasn't warmed about Captain Randy! I'm a surgical nurse, and I'm used to doctors who bark orders and who seem like they're in a bad mood all the time. I know how to handle such people, so for me, Captain Randy didn't bother me that much. But my husband was infuriated at the way Captain Randy treated his first mate. He didn't want me to tip the crew at all, because he was afraid that the mate wouldn't receive his share of the tip. But the rest of the day went so beautifully that I did it anyway.
We were met with the same brusque barking orders as everyone else: no shoes on deck, don't go below if you're wet, move your stuff, move yourself, etc, etc. He didn't even intruduce himself or say welcome aboard. On the way to Rose Island, it POURED rain. I mean to the point that my husband and daughter went below decks. My son and I weathered the storm as best we could, but eventually, it became too painful to sit in the rain, it was coming down so hard! I sought shelter under the canopy, but Capt. Randy was upset that my son wanted to go below to change into his swimsuit. He was also upset when we failed to tell him that our son was a vegetarian when it came time for lunch (it truly slipped my mind, and I honestly didn't think they'd accomodate his needs anyway). To his credit, after several complaints directed at me, he went below and came up with an alternate lunch for my son, which I thought was very nice. The sun came out for our beach portion, and for the rest of the day. The beach was to DIE for, beautiful white sand that felt like powdered sugar, beautiful fish, clear, warm water, and good snorkel equipment.
As said by others, Randy sang, and bbq'd our lunch, and was for the most part sort of friendly to the women aboard. There was just six of us, so I feel lucky that we didn't have a huge group like some, as I don't know where everyone would have sat at all. We had the luxury of lounging all over the hull, laying in the sun, and it was pure bliss. There was tons of food offered, all day, from the minute we set sail, until just before we got back to the deck. All of it was fresh and delicious. Rum punch was served on the way back, as much as we wanted.
Would I go again? Probably. It beat the heck out of crowded ship tours, and if you can get past Captain Surly, then you'll love this excursion!
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