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“Great Trip but DO NOT BUY the Sunscreen”
Review of Samba Catamarans

Samba Catamarans
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US$75.00*
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Isla Mujeres Sailing and Snorkel Cruise from Cancun
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Owner description: Catamaran tours to Isla Mujeres departing everyday from Cancun, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Open bar, buffet lunch in our beach club in Isla Mujeres, snorkel equipment, visit to Isla Mujeres and, in our way back to Cancun, enjoy the flight of the spinnaker. Private services for groups celebrating events such as birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings or just having fun with friends or family. Join us on the best Party Cruise on the Mexican Caribbean.
Reviewed 17 April 2014

This Catamaran snorkeling trip was great! However while we were waiting on the dock to board, we had someone look at our sunscreen and encouraged us to buy the "ECO" Friendly sunscreen. for a whopping $22.00 US. We did, made sense at the time, we ALL Burned and badly. those who chose to use there own sunscreen did not. Avoid this especially if you have children. It is not a must you purchase they just make it sound like it. The excursion was AMAZING, the staff was great, food was good on the island.

Thank kshulist
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Paris C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Samba Catamarans, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Hey thanks for your great reviews, we trying to spred the word at all travel agencies to comunicate our clients to bring BIODEGRADABLE sunscreen, since is the only sunblock allowed by the national marine park.
This bio-sunbolck is available at the shopstore at our pier

thanks
SAMBA CATAMARANS

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

It was an amazing catamaran trip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. I went in an adult only catamaran. Once boarding we were served drinks. The drinks kept coming throughout the whole trip. We took pictures with sharks once getting to the island, did some snorkeling, and rented golf carts once on the island for about $15usd. The señor frogs store in Isla mujeres has a better selection then the one in Cancun! Just as an FYI. On our way back we were supposed to parasail, but unfortunately due to the wind conditions we were unable to. The crew onboard were amazing and entertaining people. I think they made the experience better! Don't forget the sunscreen, this is where I got the most sunburned from my whole trip to Cancun. I would recommend them as the first choice for a trip to Isla mujeres!

Thank Arely M
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We arrived at 9:20 to get our pass and we had breakfast included. The boat took off at 10 as soon as we boarded they gave us beer and mixed drinks all we wanted, we took pics with the shark, we then snorkel with life vests.For 45-1hr and then we went to isla mujeres to shop, and then we boarded the boat and they took us to have lunch buffet style they had all tge beer yiu could drink and also mixed drinks sex on the beach, jack and coke kayaks,hammocks, and life vests for the water

Thank ezn1986
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

This tour has to be the top thing to do if you are looking for a unforgettable adventure in Cancun. Samba Catamarans offers a exciting trip to Isla Mujures and more. Our boat the "Neptuno", was a big trimaran with lots of room to move around and bask in the sun. We had a great crew serve us a couple drinks while we motor sailed across to the island and back. Took our waterproof camera, snorkel gear, towels, and grabbed some bio sunscreen. One of the best snorkel trips in the area. Food and drinks were included with our trip. Great time. Would recommend to anyone. sambacatamaranes.com

Thank zzzROPERzzz
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one. It wasn't awful, but nothing special. Only 30 minutes of snorkeling and far too many people in the water from other boats. Also, they try to force you to pose for picture after picture with THEIR camera so they can then pressure you into buying them later. That wasn't appreciated.

Oh, and they don't tell you that you need to bring eco friendly sunscreen on their pamphlet. So we left ours in our hotel room, only to be told that we had to buy some of their stuff before leaving.

The staff was very friendly and were always offering drinks, but they must have been using the bottom of the barrel booze, because it tasted awful.

They then take you to a small beach with buffet where you get about 30 minutes to rest after eating. The food was not great and the lineups long.

Then off to the shopping area where they say be sure to go to Genny's Gems for your free water and free tequila shot. Obviously they have some sort of kick back here. Once in this tiny little shop, they try to pressure you into buying some jewelry. This can be avoided.

I would recommend taking the ferry over and doing things on your own.

Thank Gord B
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Paris C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Samba Catamarans, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Hello Gord,
No pressure in buy sun block, you are free to buy whatever you decide. Also those sellers DONT belong to Samba Catamarans, they sell their products on the pier and they recommend to use a biodegradable sunblock due that other sunblocks are prohibited just to protect the coral reef, simple as that¡
Also we dont push in taking photos to our clients, photo stuff is an optional service as well on which you can kindly say no.
Snorkeling last 45min.
Lunch buffet last exaclty 1hr NOT LESS, sometimes even more time.
Shopping center free to go or buy. Isla Mujeres has amazing beaches to visit
We have had excellent comments regarding our cocktails served on board

Thank you ¡

SAMBA CATAMARANS

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