I took the trip to the Great Barrier reef to snorkel and ride the submarine. The queue to the boat was EXTREMELY long so I was initially extremely nervous about the number of people sharing this 'Great Adventure' with me. To my dismay, once I finally got on the boat, I was one of about four English-speaking people aboard. Most everyone was Asian and from that point forward, many of our instructions were delivered in Mandarin first, then in English.
I started to feel seasick and the attendant who was handing out nausea bags and ice kept missing me. Finally, on the verge of sickness, a kind gentleman rushed over to her and begged her to help me. She treated him poorly and I felt completely embarrassed for ensnaring a Good Samaritan in her nonsense.
While I was sick, I had tourists bumping into me, climbing over my seat, and gawking around me because I happened to be seated near a window and they wanted the view.
I felt completely helpless like the staff wasn't doing anything to control the pandemonium.
Once we finally made it to the Reef, I was extremely disappointed in the lunch served. It was (no surprise here) mostly Asian cuisine with a bit of cold prawns. I was told it would be a "seafood feast."
I would suggest that fellow reef-seers choose a different tour. Perhaps this company could offer a tour in Mandarin and a separate English tour? Is that too much to ask? Or at the very least, could the crew be courteous?
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