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“Won't be going with them again.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mirabella Happy Sailing

Mirabella Happy Sailing
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Owner description: Welcome to Mirabella!We offer happy catamaran snorkel and sailing tours to St.Maarten!This is the one day, the one trip that will have you talking for years. You'll never forget it. Splash into Crystal Blue Waters, Snorkel the Coral Reef, Relax in White Sand Beaches, Enjoy Ice Cold Drinks, and Incredible Caribbean Sunsets...Make your vacation one to remember for all time!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Cayuga, ontario Canada
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54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Won't be going with them again.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We booked the Mirabella trip through the Celebrity Reflection. First, the guy wasn't at the dock to meet us on time...he was late. Then he sent us over to the dock by ourselves as he had to get the people from the other ship and walk them over. When we got to the boat, you could see it was a bit 'tired'. They had towels on the deck where we all stepped on which I thought was odd, but after we were underway, I realized why. The decks are very slippery as the deck coating is really worn off. I think that is dangerous. Anyway, off we went, under motor power in spite of the fact that there was lots of wind. We went around the corner from the bay where the cruise ships are docked to the floating Tiki, which is a terrible snorkel site if you want to see fish etc. They have a sunken helicopter, a boat and some other things, but the 2 times we've been there, the fish are noticeably absent and the water is very murky - hard to see. They did not give a safety talk as we have had on every other snorkel trip we have been on. It was our friends first such trip, so we gave them our version of the safety talk. Also, no offers to give newbies instructions - very poor. After snorkelling we continued on to a beach, again without putting the sails up. We asked if they would be putting the sails up on the way back and were told that no, the wind was blowing the wrong way. So we asked why they didn't put the sails up on the way out and the guy said there was no wind. Like we can't tell if it's windy or not! It's pure laziness on their part. The beach we went to was nice. The drinks flowed freely on the way back but again, the slippery deck made it difficult to walk around. Overall it was a pleasant day on the water, but certainly not worth the $75.00 per person that we paid.

Visited April 2014
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Naples, Florida
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great time in St Maarten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We spent the day in St. Maarten on the Mirabella Catamaran. We were on a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We had a great time. The crew was great. The water was somewhat choppy and it started of being overcast. We stopped at a snorkeling area. Great snorkeling with lots of fish. We then headed for a beach. The rum punch and beer started flowing. This was the first Cat trip I have been on where they provided extra snacks. They served chips and salsa and crackers and cheese. They only advertised it as a snorkel and beach trip with Rum Punch and beer. Then, while we were on the beach, they made sandwiches for everybody.

The music was great and everybody had a really good time. I would do this trip again.

Visited April 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome day in St, Maarten!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Our excursion with Mirabella Catamaran was a wonderful, relaxing, fun day. The trip advisor, Jose, met us at the dock and took us to Mirabella's dock slip. He was so helpful and cute too! Once on the catamaran we settled in on the nets in front over the water. It was soooo beautiful. The snorkeling was ok...lots of small fish, a canon, a sunken helicopter and sailboat. Leroy was entertaining and funny as he led us through the snorkeling areas. Back on board, we had snacks and drinks...beer, rum, fruit juice, water and soda. Next we went to a beautiful beach, but the surf was too rough so we couldn't get to the beach. Went to a nearby sheltered beach and swam there, It was a nice treat to see another area of St. Maarten. While we were there, they were having those jet-propelled rides...see photo.... Later, we took a leisure trip back to the docks. Captain Don, Dayne and Leroy were so much fun to be around. Made the whole day a 10!

Visited April 2014
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Guilford, Connecticut
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fun day in the Sun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

My husband and I and another couple booked this through the Norwegian Getaway as a shore excursion. We chose the 1pm departure time and left directly from the cruise ship pier. There were about 45 people on our excursion but there was plenty of room on the boat.

The first stop was the snorkeling which went by very fast and the water had poor visibility, as the water was a bit rough, but we were able to see some fish and a helicopter on the ocean floor. The next stop was a nice beach, were we swam around the boat for about an hour.

The beer served was Schlitz and they had rum punch or rum and coke and some chips, salsa and sandwiches later on.

Overall the staff was very professional and made sure everyone was safe and still had a fun day!

Visited April 2014
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Miami, Arizona
2 reviews
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“Nice Snorkel - Beach Excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

THIS IS NOT A CHILD FRIENDLY EXCURSION! IT SAYS OPEN BAR! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO TAKE YOU KIDS TO THE BAR, CHOOSE ANOTHER!

With that said, for adults this is a blast! Lots of run and beer. Food limited - chips and salsa, turkey and cheese baguette.

Snorkeling is great. Sunken sub and helicopter. Beach part is great. Naked women on the beach. AGAIN, NOT KID FRIENDLY!

Cannot get to Moho beach for the planes. You have no shoes to walk because you swim to shore from the catamaran.

Catamaran was functionally perfect but looked a bit old.

Still I would recommend. Great value when it comes to excursions!

Just leave the screaming kids on the ship!

Visited March 2014
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