Cruise Vacation Port Excursion: Jet Ski Tour in Grand Cayman
We arranged this port excursion outside of Carnival Miracle (as we did a past excursion when on Carnival Conquest). Typically, the cruise arranges tours to Stingray City but in massive boat loads. It’s not our idea of enjoyment brushing shoulder to shoulder with a crowd to get a glimpse of wildlife. We read a lot of great TripAdvisor reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars based on 114 reviews) about Action Water Sports. It’s actually our 2nd time using this company as we had just been here just last month. We reserved 2 jet skis as single riders (Total: $220) through Grand Cayman Cruise Excursions (Island Marketing Ltd).
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Tour Time: 9:00am
Single Riders: $110 per rider
Double Riders: $75 per rider
Risk of Missing the Ship and Booking Independently
It’s in the cruise line’s best interest to raise fear about missing the ship when not booking port excursions through them. There are companies, such as Island Marketing Ltd. that have great guarantees (found in their FAQs):
- “We guarantee a full refund of your excursion deposit if your ship can not make it into the port of Grand Cayman.”
- “Should you miss a ship due to one of our tours, we guarantee your meals, hotel and transportation to your next port of call…”
Convenience to the Meeting Point
The Pick Up Point was at the Waterfront Center located next to the Captain Marvin’s Watersports located in George Town. Captain Marvin’s Watersports is a 5 minute walk from the South Cruise Ship Terminal or a 4 minute walk from the North Cruise Ship Terminal. If you do happen to miss the pick up, then you have to find your way to the Yacht Club Boat Ramp.
WHAT TO BRING
We brought our own snorkel gear: goggles to fins.
Action Water Sports provided us life jackets. They can also provide snorkel goggles, but no fins provided. You don’t really need fins but I prefer having them to dive down and keep up with any wildlife for underwater photography. Also, you don’t really need water shoes because you’re visiting a sandbar.
BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP TOURS
We had lucked out this day. It was only our party of 4, plus another couple. Only 6 of us total.
VIDEO SUMMARY OF THE EXCURSION
THE SANDBAR – STINGRAY CITY
SHALLOW REEF SNORKELING
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