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“Deluxe Stingray City Tour-Not Handicap Accessible Transportation”
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MarineLand Tours
Ranked #7 of 72 Tours in George Town
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Owner description: If you’re in any doubt about how much fun is awaiting you on Grand Cayman’s two newest tours, read our reviews on tripadvisor. Fight your way through the superlatives – “awesome”, “fantastic”, “absolutely magnificent” Take a ride on the Cayman Explorer Deluxe Stingray City Sandbar Tour, a fabulous space-age-type boat that visits the world famous Stingray City Sandbar ... where you stand in shallow water and play with stingrays. The Cayman Explorer is purpose- designed and built specially for operating at Stingray City Sandbar and within the waters of Grand Cayman. This unique vessel is 20% lighter and 25% more fuel-efficient than any comparable boat of its class or size, The Cayman Explorer has a one-of-a-kind stern platform that descends into the water, giving exceptionally easy access to the water and back on to the boat. You need no snorkeling experience to take this excursion; snorkeling life vests and equipment are provided. The vessel has a full service bar on board and free Wi-Fi, two bathrooms and an upper sun deck, just to name a few of the amenities. The Tour departs daily from the new Barcadere Marina in the North Sound Lagoon. Unique trolley buses offer wheelchair access and are used to transport passengers to the Cayman Explorer.For another totally unique experience take a ride on Grand Cayman’s second new tour – the Best of Cayman by Amphibious Bus & Snorkeling Tour, courtesy of MarineLand Tours. Our Hydra Terra Amphibious Bus, a state-of-the-art, all- new, purpose-designed and purpose-built amphibious bus, takes you on a 2-hour tour of Grand Cayman on land and by sea. Expect to be amused and informed by your guide as you tour George Town before the big splash. Our fully narrated tour journeys through picturesque George Town and takes you to all the key sites with memorable history, amazing facts and, above all, lots of fun while in the comfort and security of our Unsinkable U.S. Coast Guard approved Hydra-Terra Amphibious Bus! View our beautiful Island from a totally new perspective with underwater video cameras and large LCD monitors as you experience the rich maritime history of our beautiful Grand Cayman Island while cruising past ancient shipwrecks amongst coral gardens full of abundant marine life, all found within crystal clear blue waters. Become part of the fish feeding show while snorkeling in a Marine park. Don't miss this exciting and entertaining adventure of a lifetime to see the Island the way it was intended . . . . FROM SEA AND LAND
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Enid, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Deluxe Stingray City Tour-Not Handicap Accessible Transportation”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We booked this shore excursion through Carnival and paid $49.99 per person. I don't know what they charge the general public (probably a lot less). Anyway, I picked this particular tour because my mother is 67 years old with arthritis and I thought the steps on the boat would make it a lot easier for her. The boat was exactly as pictured. The problem was that we had to take a bus from the cruise port to the pier where their boat was docked. We had to climb a ladder up into the amphibious vehicle they transported us in. She made it up and down but it kind of defeats the purpose of marketing your boats accessibility and then putting people on a bus that is difficult for even able-bodied people to get in and out of. Additionally, I was disappointed because this tour was advertised as a 2 1/2 hour tour. We weren't gone for much more than 2 hours (2 1/4 hours tops). That included driving to and from the boat and the boat ride out to Stingray city. Fifteen to thirty minutes may not sound like much. But in my opinion, at the price we paid, that is quite a lot of time to be shorted. Also, there were several people on our tour (100?) and that meant that we had very little time to interact with the stingrays. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly like so many of the other reviews said. The experience was amazing! The stingrays were gorgeous, as was the water! I just wish the transportation would have been more accessible and the tour would have lasted the FULL 2 1/2 hours.

Visited August 2014
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“Sting ray city”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

We did the deluxe sting ray tour on August 4th through an excursion with our cruise. It was amazing. The tour guide were so knowledgable. They answered every question with great depth of knowledge. I would do this again in a heartbeat. I also appreciated that they took pictures for us with our own cameras, they didn't have a photographer and then tried to sell us something. My only suggestion would be that when we arrived, and they stopped the boat, they should have explained about not jumping and screaming, and that everyone needed to get in a big circle for safety information once in the water. This might make it possible to have more "water time" with the rays, instead of trying to round everyone up once in the water. But this was one of the best experiences my family has had.

Visited July 2014
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Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unforgettable experience!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My sister and I did the Deluxe Stingray City Sandbar experience and it was quite an experience! All the tour guides were very friendly, accommodating and informative, preparing us for our swim with the Stingrays and getting us pumped up. Bert our tour guide was so knowledgeable about these gentle sea creatures which put everyone at ease and soon we were all swimming and holding and touching the Stingrays. All in all a great time and would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Grand Cayman :)

Visited July 2014
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Newfoundland
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“Definitely do this!”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We did the Stingray City tour last summer and loved it! I thought the vessel itself was great, appeared brand new and we really enjoyed the ride to the sandbar. All participants were supplied snorkelling gear that you could see was disinfected and we were given tutorials prior to entering the water. Once in the water we snorkelled for a while before it was obvious that our guides had put the "scent" out to attract the rays....squid. We fed them, held them, caressed them...all with the help of the guides. Because we enjoyed this excursion so much we took our children to swim with the stingrays in the Bahamas this summer.

Visited August 2013
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Derry, New Hampshire
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“Great Excursion”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We booked this through Carnival Cruise and my family had a blast. The excursion only took a couple of house so we had plenty of time to do some more exploring on Grand Cayman.

The guide did a great job of teaching us about the Sting Rays and making some skittish members feel comfortable in the water with the Sting Rays. They staff on this boat really provide a great experiance and I felt their rates were very resonable. I highly reccomend this excursion.

Visited July 2014
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