Reviewer: David Johnson
Captain Marvin provided a great experience from start to finish. The counter staff to the boat crew all did a nice job ensuring we had a memorable time. They had a photographer on board, and we got wonderful pictures of the whole family together with a stingray. The cost of the pictures was reasonable. Aside from the service, the experience of feeding and swimming with huge stingrays was once-in-a-lifetime. The coral garden stop was very nice, though it was shorter than I would have liked. Grand Cayman has very well-preserved and vibrant coral and you should definitely get away from the shore so you can see it. This excursion was the highlight of our cruise!
Reviewer: Yugang Wang
The stingrays were huge. The water was crystal clear. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
As always, captain Marvin organization is all in time! The stingray city and snorkeling are very well organized and beautiful.
Tour was awesome, wish we has more time to snorkle!
Reviewer: Lisa Vincent
Stingrays city was one of the best excursions we did. It was very cool holding and feeding the stingrays. There were lots of beautiful fish to see snorkeling too. The captain Morgan's team was really great, overall great day and wish it was a bit longer.
Reviewer: Gretchen Monnat
Captain Marvin's is the only way to go! The crew was great and very gentle with everyone. They made swimming with stingrays very comfortable. Everything was clean and well taken care of. I felt like I had plenty of time to do what I wanted to do!
Reviewer: Nicole Lochansky
The guides were informative and professional. The day we were there (May 4) the water was choppy and the current strong. However this did not deter us from having a wonderful time. To feed a Stingray was pretty cool. Just having them swim all around you was awesome. I wish our snorkeling time was longer though.
Reviewer: Betsy novakovich
Great time and the crew was fabulous. Snorkeling was ok the water was rough but not their fault was just the weather. Great day. Highly recommend
We had a good time on the excursion. Everyone was very friendly and professional. Overall great outing.
It’s a long drive out the string rays the strings rays where not in the move to take pictures lol the guide caught one and let us pictures with it .... it was very short then we went went snorkel that was a lot of fun but to short. They were a lot of big fishes if u have water camera u can take a lot pictures. The guides were very nice and informative
Reviewer: Pierre Cardinal
Me and my wife loved our experience!! The tour guides were very friendly and helpful!!
Reviewer: Lala T.
***Note that Becky the Stingray is not affiliated to Becky with the good hair.*** Now that that's out of the way, I had an awesome time with the stingrays. I was nervous at first because people keep bringing up the crocodile hunter being killed by a stingray, but trust me when I say that you cannot be stung by these stingrays unless you step on them. The stingers are actually located underneath their tails and is about a fourth to a third the size of their tails. The stingrays will swim around you as you feed and take pictures with them. But be sure to wear goggles because the water is saltwater and there tend to be waves frequently occurring. The snorkel area is located in a different area from the stingrays, but you can still see some stingrays swimming along within that area as well. All and all, I had a glorious time taking pictures with Becky the Stingray and attempting to snorkel while learning how to swim at the same time.
Reviewer: Susie Schneier
Our local aquarium has a stingray petting exhibit, but being in the water surrounded by lots of swimming stingrays is a whole different experience. The guides were exceptional. Their goal was to make sure that everyone had a good time, and we did. (I spoke to other people on the cruise ship who went with different outfits, and their guides just showed took them to the sandbar and turned them loose. Not these guys. They picked up the stingrays so we could see them, helped us feed them and took great pix of us in the water with the rays. We had a terrific time.
Reviewer: Todd A. Russell
This excursion was the highlight of our cruise! Playing and feeding the stingrays was way cool. But what was even better was the snorkel stop. I felt like I was in an acquarium with beautiful fish, stingrays, and coral. Very impressive. In fact, because of this experience, I will return to the Grand Cayman islands to do the excursion again. Just plain awesome.
Reviewer: Bruce Norgaard
Nice tour, we are in our 60’s so didn’t want a long involved excursion. Boat was older but adequate and there were about a dozen people on excursion.This one was great for us as we stayed long enough the view , hold, and feed the stingrays but didn’t linger. Same for snorkel stop. Long enough to see coral and lots of fish but not too long. Pretty easy to get in and out of water from boat. My wife didn’t care to snorkel so stayed on board and took care of a young child of another couple so they could both snorkel. Would be nice If a crew member would volunteer to take pictures of us with stingrays with our own phone camera. Realize you can bring water proof camera but most don’t bother with it.
Reviewer: Shawna Mero
The tour guides were very friendly, and made us feel like family. They were very patient when trying to help with holding and feeding the stingrays. I will definitely do other excursions with them again.
Swimming with the sting rays was an experience I will never forget! Our private boat only had about 40 people on it and the crew was very knowledgeable and provided snacks and drinks. The sting rays swim right up to you!!! At the snorkeling stop there were tons of beautiful fish and marine life and even a big green eel hiding under a rock! I would highly recommend this adventure!
Reviewer: Cindy Wilson
Incredibly awesome! We would definitely do it again. Tour guides were super friendly, informative, and helpful. For sure a recommended experience.
The tour guides were excellent! They told us everything we needed to know and made the whole experience so much fun.
Swimming with stingrays was exciting and scary. The snorkeling part was good for fish, meh for reef, but if you can't get to Hawaii this will be a weak substitute. Crew was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The trip duration was just right. See the fish, but not too long for sunburn. I would do it again.
Reviewer: Gerri Goodman
The trip was nice. Friendly staff.
Reviewer: Joyce Todd
We got there early and they put us on similar excursion but with 1 extra snorkel stop. very nice. employees were excellent. would do this again.
Reviewer: Anita Eddy
We really enjoyed this excursion. It starts with a boat ride that gave us a view of the local area and waterfront homes. Then we went to the sand bar (Stingray City) where we touched, fed and swam with stingrays. Unbelievable. Crossed that off my bucket list. My ten year old was scared and stayed on the boat most of the time but that was fine. Snorkeling afterwards was okay but I've been to better snorkeling sites. The staff were friendly and professional and the trip felt well organized. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Bruce Spalding
We have completed this excursion once before and loved it. It was just as much fun the second time around. Due to it being out of season, the crowds at Stingray City were much less than last time. Loved it!
Reviewer: Bree Kimball
This was a fabulous excersion! The hands on interactions that the guides ensure you have with the stingrays are wonderful. The snorkeling was fun as well making sure everyone's comfort is taken into account.
Reviewer: Jon Geary
Was an amazing experience. So cool to stand on a sandbar 4 miles off shore and surrounded by lots of stingrays. Good for little kids too (brought my 10, 8 & 6yo). Stingrays were easy to interact with and not dangerous. I would suggest buying a Universal Waterproof Case ($10 on Amazon) to capture video and pictures. The crew was also nice and competent. BTW, we also did the Dolphin Discovery and the stingrays were so much better. Dolphins were in captivity (didn't seem happy), you couldn't take your own pictures, and the Dolphin Discovery encounter people wanted $370 (this is their discounted rate) for their pictures. Crazy when the pictures cost more than the encounter.
Reviewer: Attila Nemeth
Everything was awesome! Recommended! :)
Reviewer: Jeanette Woody
Second excursion was just as amazing as the first one. If you haven't swam the sting rays, then you haven't had an amazing experience. The tour guides were awesome, very knowledgeable, and so funny. It was a beautiful experience. Will do it again next year on our next cruise.
Reviewer: Jerry Frazier
Very well managed and very educational
Reviewer: Kim Goetsch
We had a wonderful excursion with Captain Marvin's, taking us to Stingray City and snorkeling. Our group was pretty small (30 or so) and everyone was given the opportunity to hold the stingrays and have their pictures taken with them. They took us to a different area where we snorkeled. It was beautiful there with the fish and corals and stingrays. Our crew was very fun and Steve took excellent pictures that captured the day. Thank you for the fun adventure!
Reviewer: Ray Seider
We boarded the boat with about 20 other people and headed out to the open ocean. Only about a 20 minute trip until we anchored and were told to climb into the water (warm) Once again my new wife couldn't stop smiling This is SO much fun and we treasure the pictures that were taken by the crew. Speaking of crew, of all the excursions we did, ALL of the crew members on this and the other excursions we booked through Costco were exceptional. I've traveled extensively over the years until losing my wife of 54 years to Alzheimers so this trip was the first "out of country for my new wife. We strongly recommend booking your excursions through Costco, about half of what the cruise ship charges
Reviewer: Shari DeCambra
This was one of the best excursions I have been on. The people were friendly and helpful. They explained everything. The boat wasn't too crowded. The water was crystal blue and clear. Swam with stingrays and the best snorkeling.
The ONLY reason this is four stars is that it should be longer! Stingrays were amazing, snorkeling was super cool.
Reviewer: Steven King
Well organized, great guide. Could see he was the best from the other tours with the stingrays. Well worth it, great pics!!
While being surrounded by 5 other companies doing the exact same thing at this excursion, the idea of entering a stingrays natural environment and interacting with them was amazing. I could not get over how big the stingrays were and YES they have their barb still intact but the company goes over some ground rules before you begin to keep everyone safe. The co. that ran this excursion was very organized and got us there and back on time. Well worth the experience.
Reviewer: Angela Green
Check in was a breeze & transportation comfortable! Swimming with the stingrays (with Captain Jimmy) was by far the best excursion ever! The group was small & it was amazing seeing Captain Jimmy & his crew handle the stingrays. The stingrays every where - it was fun, amazing & a lil eerie. I can't wait to do this with my kids & grands. Snorkeling was amazing too - but still on a high from the stingrays. To top things off Captain Jimmy let me steer the boat for quite a distance as we headed back to shore - AWESOME!!❤️ p.s. This is 2nd time using Shore Excursions - always a good time with great service!!
Reviewer: Sara Hartsfield
This was a MUST do adventure. The guys were so great about making sure well all got a really long time touching, feeding and playing with the stingrays. The snorkeling was awesome also!
We had unforgettable time! Stingrays were friendly and playful. The guys from the boat were very professional and took a great care of guests! If you want to have a great time - you should take this tour!
Reviewer: Matt Engelhart
We loved this excursion - there were already a bunch of other boats at the sand bar when we arrived, so weren't sure if there would be enough rays to go around. However, the rays seem to constantly circulate between all the different groups of people, so there was no shortage of encounters. The rays are quite docile, to the point that some will allow the tour guides to hold them for extended periods while photos are taken with each of the tour members. The pictures available on the boat after the tour were well worth the price.
My granddaughter can't stop talking about the excursion. The tour guides were excellent and the experience couldn't have happened without their knowledge. The BEST !!!
Reviewer: Chris and Gina D'Urbano
This was a GREAT excursion! We really felt we had the best experience w/ the limited time we had....not a second wasted! The guides on the boat were professional, friendly and made the experience a time to remember!
This excursion was awesome, I really appreciate the knowledge I received from the tour guide. I got a chance to see under the sea lol
This was the best part of our trip. The water is so clear and warm. The string rays are friendly. The crew was amazing! They even had their own photographer who took photos which we bought at a responsible price! It was great! I will definitely go snorkeling again. What an experience. They have live jackets for those who need them, like me. Even a little boy was there having a great time.
Reviewer: Jim Crisp
There were only two couples on our tour. With two guides we got very good service. The tour was excellent. We got to play with the stingrays for about 30 minutes and then went snorkeling in crystal clear water for another 30 minutes. Lots of fish and coral.
Reviewer: Irene Lee
This was amazing! Tour guides were great! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Bob Gorski
Great way to get a quick feel for the sights and a quick snorkel stop. Tour was smaller than offered by RCL and thus more personal. Plenty of time after to eat and shop Georgetown.
This excursion was one of the highlights of our cruise! The guys who took us were awesome- knowledgeable and funny. I loved that it was a small group...it felt like we took a yacht out to the stingrays. Once there, they showed us how to handle them, and took pictures of all of us with the stingrays, then sold them to us for a pretty good price. We also loved the snorkeling. I definitely recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: R. Bigbie
The excursion crew we had were all very professional and ensured that everyone in the group had a chance to touch the stingrays and have their pictures taken. The waters were a bit rough that day but we still managed to get in some good snorkeling. We are glad we picked the one snorkeling stop versus the two.
Reviewer: Angie Aguirre
This excursion was perfect! Stingray City was amazing. The guides provided each person plenty of time to experience the stingrays. The stop for snorkeling was just right as well. The pictures that were taken were good and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend this excursion. Thanks for a great experience.
Lots of fun and great experience for families
Great excursion. I enjoyed Stingray beach, but I enjoyed snorkeling much more. Would have liked to spend more time snorkeling and less time at Stingray beach. The crew were excellent. The water was very clear and warm (84 deg). Went in late December.
Reviewer: Ben Topham
I have done a number of snorkeling trips over the years but snorkeling off the Grand Cayman Islands was the best. The water was clear and the fish, anemones, corals, and other creatures of the sea were outstanding to observe. However, Stingray City was the highlight of our excursions and cruise. I took my 7 grandchildren, ages 5-20, and 2 adult children and their spouses. I was so taken back by watching the 11 grandchildren and adults that I never got in the water. It was great watching them get in the water with anxiety and fearfulness and get out of the water with such confidence of overcoming a fear. Being a biology major I was prepared to get in the water but had such a great time watching from a top of the small boat. A Great Excursion. Ben T., Charlotte, N.C., December 2016
Reviewer: Fabiana Ferrer
This tour was my favorite out of all the trips. As we got off the ship, the office was easy to find right on the main street. Our driving guide was informative and was very pleasent. Our crew on the boat was SO SO nice, willing to help us, very patient, I loved them all. The stingray encounter is a bit interesting, and definitely a must. Stingrays are everywhere, and it's wonderful to see them swimming all around you. The snorkel after the sting rays are even better! The corals are so clear, the water is beautiful, and we were able to spend sometime in there. I got some great pictures.
Reviewer: george kelley
very professional well done
The boat ride was about 20 mins, but it was a beautiful ride. The stingrays were everywhere, but were very friendly and would eat out of your hands. We got to hold and pet them. Definitely bring a waterproof case so you can take pictures yourself. They take pics and try to sell them for a small fortune. The snorkeling stop was great and there were lots of beautiful fish.
Reviewer: Caitlin Wertz
The crew was great and the sting rays were awesome! It was really fun feeding them. The snorkeling part could have been a little more exciting, but all in all, a good trip!
Reviewer: Suresh Sanga
It was a very great vacation and good times in Stingray City. My wife did a snortling and really enjoyed.
Reviewer: Maureen B
Great trip on the water. Boat crew was fantastic. Stingray experience was something we will never forget! Gave 4 stars only because snorkel stop was cut very short due to stormy weather.
The trip was very nice and has a lot of fun. They did a great job in sea adventure and photography. It worths to go back again.
Reviewer: Jim Cant
The trip to the boat was like a mini city tour and the driver was great. The boat ride and crew were excellent. We had plenty of time in the water at both stops. The hands on experience with the rays on the sandbar was great. We had a good time and would do it again.
Reviewer: L slager
Stingray city excursion was a very pleasant event. The staff made the equipment easily accessible and getting into the water and out of the water was effortless. The interaction with the stingrays was beyond expectations.
We had a great time! The boat crew was very helpful and definitely made the trip fun for everyone. The counter help where you make first contact could be more friendly. Aside from that, we loved it.
Reviewer: Meredith DaSilva
Great excursion. Quick walk to excursion office from cruise port. Professional staff and very attentive crew. Smaller group than several of the other excursion companies and nice well-kept vessel.
Reviewer: Judy White
A great Crew. Very friendly and helpful. The sea rays were fun and my two grandkids had a good time. There was 6 of us and we all enjoyed the excursion. They also took us to a reef for snorkeling that actually had a good amount and variety of fish.
Reviewer: Kathie Shively
Excursion date 09/14/16. Our crew was Jerry, Fred, & Delroy were friendly and informative. Delroy made sure that everyone got to experience the stingrays. Ours was named Spotty. While returning they spotted a star fish in the water,& retrieved it so everyone could hold it & take pictures. Once everyone had a chance to get a photo op they let one of the children on board return it to the ocean. We brought along a waterproof disposable camera to take pictures with & Fred even took a few with our camera. Since neither my friend or I wished go snorkeling Delroy took the camera underwater for me & took some wonderful pictures of the coral & fish. Pictures taken by Fred were awesome & there was no pressure to purchase them, we did purchase them & I am so glad that I did because some of mine came out grainy. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone. You get so much for a lot less than what you would pay if you booked through the cruiseline.
Reviewer: PHUC THO LY
Local excursion staff and guides are professional & excellent. Well worth money.Also the price is better than MSC Cruise. Next time we will book all excursions with Cruise.Com instead with MSC Cruise.
Reviewer: mary plummer
Took my daughter and grand kids. The staff was excellent. Did this tour before so I knew it would be great.
Reviewer: e. rey
Loved this excursion! Be prepared to hold a stingray! Photographer on boat took great photos! Also be prepared to pay a hefty price for the photos but well worth it. What an experience!!!
Reviewer: Kathy and John Cocke
What a fantastic excursion!!! We had a great time and really enjoyed the guys on the tour. They had great personalities and added to the good time. What an experience to have had!!
Reviewer: LeeAnn Paeplow
This was a FABULOUS excursion!!! The staff and crew on the snorkle boat were very friendly and patient with all of us beginners at the snorkel stop and helped us to see the incredible beauty of the undersea world! The crew were so gentle with the stingrays and helped us mainlanders to respect the animals in their natural habitat and handle them safely. It was obvious that the crew loved the stingrays and what they were doing! One young man told me that he is so blessed to wake up every morning in paradise and get paid for doing what he loved! It showed in how he treated us! This excursion will be a memory for a lifetime!
First class excursion. Very positive experience!
Reviewer: Carrie B
The guides are very experienced and helpful. The water is breathtakingly beautiful!
There were 7 people on our boat and 3 crew members (one was a photographer). The site to get on the shuttle was at most 5 min away from the port. Everyone was attentive, professional and polite. The photographer was phenomenal (super pics!, we are NOT photogenic) We were back in time to board with over an hour to spare. We would happily do this again.
We booked this outside the cruise and I am so glad we did. While we were at Stingray City, the cruise excursion pulled up next to us with at least 100 people. We had maybe 30. We were also taken to a beautiful area for snorkeling.
thrilling contact with the stingray!
Reviewer: Cruiser for life
Our family had a great experience during this excursion. We had nine of us who went and we were able to ride on a very nice, comfortable, modern boat out to the place where we would snorkel. Although there were a number of other boats where we eventually stopped to snorkel, it was thrilling to be around the stingrays as well as other beautifully colored fish and extremely clear waters. After we snorkeled for about 45min to and hour, they took us over to ""stingray city"" where we were once again with a number of other boats. At first I thought ""why are we going around all of these other boats in this shallow water?"" And then I saw all of the stingrays swimming all over the place around people and boats. Our family got off our boat and we had stingrays swimming all around us and it was a thrilling experience. One of our guides got in the water with us and began picking up the stingrays and holding them up for each of our family members to take a picture kissing the stingrays and having the stingray laid upon their backs so they could feel the stingray. We captured some fantastic photos of everyone! Afterwards they even gave our family some squid so they could feed the stingrays! Another great adventure! We had been on another excursion on a previous cruise that offered swimming with the stingrays and it wasn't even close to what we experiences with this company. If you are planning an excursion in Grand Cayman, you need to seriously think about this one. It is relaxing, thrilling, adventurous and most of all fun for the entire family.
Although the water was really rough that day, it was really exciting to have the sting rays swim around you calmly. The experienced team would hold them for you, but you first got a safety briefing on where you can and cannot touch them and other safety precautions as to not hurt the sting rays or yourself. The second area was near a coral reef for some snorkeling, but with the heavy surf it was a little more difficult to manuvear - especially if you were not a strong swimmer. Over all really enjoyed the activity.
Reviewer: Spring Breaker Family
Highly recommend this tour. Maybe it's our luck or maybe it's a hidden gem but on this trip only 2 family 8 people total shared a great double-decker boat. The crew (3 people) were very friendly and helpful. We were able to play with and take pictures with string rays, and even had little fish to feed them (noticed other tours in the water didn't have any fish to feed). We had a great time snorkeling. My wife was a little scared first but one of the crew members swam with her almost the entire time to make sure she thoroughly enjoyed the snorkeling experience. On the way back, all the kids got to take turns to drive the boat :-) What more fun can we ask for? Best tour! Highly recommended
Reviewer: Kim flaig
Thoroughly enjoyed interaction with stingrays and snorkeling, crystal clear waters and very unique fish, like swimming in an aquarium but in the natural habitat.
Our family had an awesome time visiting StingRay City and doing a snorkel stop! The tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating to our group of 13. We would definitely book again!
Do you want to hug a stingray? Maybe even kiss one? Sign up! This is an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The stingrays are all so friendly and the tour guides love to teach you about them and the other creatures you come across on your journey out to sting ray city. We had terrible windy/rainy weather and it was still my most favorite stop on our cruise! Thanks again!
touching and holding the Stingrays was exciting. The pictures they take turn out great.
The trip was very well organized. We met right outside of the port gate and within 15 min. was taken by bus to the boat. Everyone was courteous, friendly and eager to help the clients. We thoroughly enjoyed the stingrays and snorkel spot.
It was a wonderful experience. So glad we did it!
This excursion was worth the time and money. From the moment of pick up to drop off this excursion was professionally handled. The sting rays are exquisite - such an amazing creature. They will swim up to you and rub against you like a cat looking for attention. The snorkeling was fun as well but the reef we were at was limited an there were lots of people. It did give me the desire to snorkel on my own.
Reviewer: Motown Russ
The boat we were on was great, it had an upper deck and the driver and guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Unless you have a waterproof camera be prepared to pay extra ($40-$50) for photos of the experience. They were good photos.
A must do !
Although we've been to the Caymans many times as divers, this was our first trip as plain tourists. And Stingray City is a major tourist attraction. Which is probably why we've skipped it until now. All that said, it was a hoot. We especially liked that the Rays were free to come and go and not penned in. The boat captain, guides and photographer were top notch. The tour photographer even shot a couple of photos of us using my camera. His own photos were great ... Enough so that we purchased them, a first in my 50 years of travel!
The boat crew was knowledgable. Took indidual pictures and had squid for you to hand feed the stingrays.
Cpt. Marvins tours was great. Nice staff made you feel right at home. Would definitely do it again.
Reviewer: Fun in the Sun
Me and My Group had a Blast, one of our favorites excursions ever..saw lots of sting Rays and the snorkeling was wonderful.Their were a few in my group who couldn't swim good.they help with them. That meant a lot to me..they just didn't take your money..They wanted to make sure you saw and enjoyed yourself.
we recommend this to anyone that enjoys interaction with wild life. We would do this again given the chance and use shore excursions.
Bring a waterproof camera - I bought the waterproof case for my I phone and got fabulous underwater video
Great Shore Excursion, we enjoyed very much. Thank you.
Great Shore Excursion, we enjoyed very much. Thank you.
Helpful guides, fun with the stingrays. Snorkel site had beautiful coral, but not the greatest variety of fish. $50 too expensive for disk with 4-5 pictures on it with stingrays!
Swimming with the stingrays was so much fun and the surroundings were beautiful. I'd do it again!
The stingrays are fascinating. You are in waist deep water and they swim up to you to get fed. Not at all aggressive. However we had some with the group who freaked out. It was very funny.
This was a great tour. This was my second visit to swim with the sting rays. I liked this tour better than my last tour booked through another carrier. For the same price, we saw the sting rays and snorkelled at a second location. The tour guides emphasized safety for both the sting rays and swimmers, this was not provided in the tour I booked with another tour group.
A nice boat ride to the Stinrays. Guide made sure everyone that wanted on-on-one time with a stingray got it. The snorkel area was a good choice. A lot to see and experience.
The staff for this trip was great, and the experience as a whole was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The stingrays are surprisingly friendly and we loved how you are just surrounded by them in the wild. Highly recommended.
This was awesome!! Never done anything like this before but definitely will be doing it again!! Very knowledgable guides, great accommodations!! Just wish we had more time to stay in the water. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an awesome adventure!!!
Reviewer: Freckles' Friend
We had a great time on the excursion. Both of the guides did a great job explaining everything and being interactive with the group
Reviewer: Senior Couple
The guides were excellent and so patient with all guests. This was a unique experience that guests of all ages could enjoy. We especially liked the fact that it was a small group compared to some of the other groups that were at the sand bar while we were there. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Larry the lineman
A privilege to observe and swim with the stingrays.A resource to be protected. The guides were very respectful of the stingrays and were very well informed
Reviewer: Elver Galarga
Great value, perfect sized groups, great guides, on time!!!
Absolutely wonderful excursion!!! Capt Marvin's crew were totally organized sociable and helpful. The crew helped my mother get her fins on and swam under water and gently took her flippers off before another crew member helped her on the boat. Wonderful, wonderful day. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
Reviewer: Jon and Rach
The staff was AMAZING!!! They made the excursion great
I can't even explain how great this experience is.. It's the next best thing to being in Heaven! Great Guides, the experience with the stingrays is AMAZING! Water is crystal clear. Service by the staff was superior ! Give this a 5 star review! Loved it...just ended to soon. Can't wait to come back!!!!
Reviewer: MooMoo Wages
Getting to be around these wondrous creatures in their environment was amazing! A trip I will never forgot.
Well organized trip. If you get motion sick, bring something to help you get through. It's well worth doing even with motion sickness. The guides were well acquainted with the stingrays, who swam right up to them and interacted with them like old friends. It was amazing to see. The guide helps you hold the stingray and kiss it while another guide takes loads of pictures of you playing with it. Incredible thing to do. They took a lot of pics for us and put them all on a CD which we bought. Well worth the experience. We also stopped for a quick snorkel. It was fun, but not the most amazing snorkeling I've ever done. I would totally recommend this excursion and the guide group though. Very friendly and knowledgeable team, and well organized.
Guides provided education about rays and encouraged everyone to feed and touch the silky smooth rays.
Great guides, smaller group than many other tours with similar itinerary. Guides encouraged and facilitated everyone touching/feeding the rays.
Would like better directions from ship to office
This was a n awesome experience the Cayman Island is really beautiful and the Sting Ray experience was the best. The Coral Reef is so beautiful. The only con was that the trip was too short, you only get 25-30 for each stop. Overall it was alot of fun
Reviewer: Big D
guides were excellent tour was the length that was advertised....which is great if you are trying to keep a schedule
Reviewer: First time cruise excursion
I would like to have had more snorkel instruction since this was my first time to snorkel. We were just handed our gear and told to jump off the boat. The staff were very nice but could have used more instruction. A very beautiful place as well!
The Stingray and snorkeling were two of the best shore excursions I've every experienced. I've always heard about ""swimming with the stingrays"" and put it on the ""bucket list"". It was everything and more than I could have imagined. And, most importantly, was ""Captain Jimmy""! What an incredible person. I don't know how he was able to do what he did: complete control, complete confidence, and, most importantly, he ""personalized"" the experience for every person on the boat; it was amazing to watch as Captain Jimmy was able to connect with each person, old and young, male and female, and make it special for each person . . . again, just an amazing person!
except for the weather, something they can not control this was worth the money and was fun!
This excursion was my favorite on our trip. The Capt. Jimmy was a beautiful boat and was clean and well organized. Our guides were fun and knowledgable. After the remarkable swim with the stingrays, which was amazing, we got to snorkel at Coral Garden. Saw more rays, an eel, a trumpet fish, and many colorful fish. As experienced snorkelers, we were allowed to go on our own, which I liked, but there was help and instruction for those who did not have experience. On the way back, our guides dove for conch and a starfish for us to see and photograph. They then cut up the conch meat and we could sample it. And I came home with a beautiful shell! Even though the weather was cloudy, we had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. It could not have been better!
very very nice
Even though we had done this trip before with you, it was still exciting!
Reviewer: the Hearns
I've snorkles and swam with the sting rays in the Caymens numerous times but this was the first time it was a small group in a non crowded area. The guides were great, even allowing one guest to drive the boat for a bit. The masks were clear and the snorkles were good. Flippers were also provided. They had bait for the fish and the sting rays so you can get up close if you want. They also offered bottles of water. Great experience and would definitely use them again!
Reviewer: Tilley anniversary
The was awesome! Water was beautiful there!! We had the best time!
Small group on private boat with knowledgeable guides. Interactive guide who helped us experience the best of the 'Stingray City' and then took us to second area where they located and showed us wild lobsters, couches, and starfish. Great guys who supplied us with drinks too. Great time and lots of fun.
I really enjoyed this excursion. Feeding the stingrays and then going snorkeling at one of the reefs was exhilarating. Our boat captains as well as our guides for the day were very knowledgeable. I would definitely do it again.
We were very happy with our experience.
Reviewer: Lizzie lee
My favorite excursion from this trip. The boat was really nice, as was the equipment. Loved swimming with the stingrays, a unique experience. The water and sandy bottom to the Caribbean were beautiful. And then the snorkeling spot was beautiful- colorful and healthy looking reefs and fish. Fully enjoyed. I didn't like the sweet drinks provided, and no food provided.
Loved this experience. The guides were professional and took good care of us. They made sure we had a great time and got to experience the sting rays well.
Reviewer: curt the ray man
Great time, well worth the money.
Trip was well organized and the guide was very knowledgeable
This was and amazing excursion. Well organize very relaxing. The people were helpful very knowledged, It was the best time every...worth every penny.
This was my husbands favorite excursion, from the beautiful ocean, the trip out to the sandbar on the boat gave us the opportunity to see the island, the stingrays were amazing creatures, very gentle and friendly. The guides we wonderful in making us comfortable getting into the water with them. The snorkeling was the best of all the islands!!
we would not got has much attention if was a big group we were about 15 of us
THE GUIDES WERE GREAT THE EXPERENCE WAS WONDERFUL. A MUST DO IN GRAND CAYMAN. DON'T MIISS IT.
Guides were great and made sure everyone if they wanted got to experience the activity. Great value. Wasn't crowded and felt like a more personal experience.
Reviewer: Backyard Hiker
The adventure was a lot of fun and we enjoyed ourselves. Loved the snorkeling as there were fewer people and had a chance to spread out and enjoy the views
Reviewer: family cruise
A great time for the price and time limit, Just enough for half day.
the highlight of my cruise. Captain Marvin employes are just simply great. we were about 20 on the boat. They had simple refreshment. They let us go downstairs or sit in the front of the boat. They were very kind to us. For the snorkling, they even help a kid who was afraid to go in the water. At the sand bar, the sting rays were so amazing and friendly. It was well worth the money.
Reviewer: Colleen The Swimmer
Very Well Organized Company and Very Pleasant staff. Lovely Ship and Great supplies by the crew. Would do it again in a Heart Beat.
Reviewer: Crusing 2013
Exciting, lots Of Fun, Great Experience. No danger from the rays and acted very tame. You are able to stand up on the sand bar so you don't have to swim and snorkel all the time. Bring your underwater camera or buy the cheap one before you leave. Lots of other sealife you can take pictures of.
This was an amazing trip! My father can not swim but wanted to do String ray city. Martin helped him with his fear in the water and my father enjoyed every moment of the trip! Thank you!
Personal attention, not overcrouded like some other boats we saw. Great friendly guides and photogropher, A must do!
I had taken a similar tour in the past...this more interactive/hands on experience was so terrific. The guides were fun, professional, and knowlegable. We even got to meet the Captain himself. Photos/DVD worth capturing this experience. Thank you ....our family enjoyed this amazing adventure!!!!
So wonderful! Loved the crew.
This was an awesome experience and I highly recommend it. Who knew you could swim with the Stingrays? Again, a nice small group and a very personable experience. I loved the pictures we were able to get from the photographer!
Grand Cayman is so pretty and to take the boat out thru Mr Marlins boat cruise was ideal. The guides were so nice, helpful and we felt very accommodated. Going to Sting Ray City was AWESOME! They made us feel extremely safe, feeding the rays was awesome and having our pictures taken was fun! We then went about 2 miles from Sting Ray city to snorkel with the most gorgeous fish! The water is so crystal clear that the snorkeling is amazing! I highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Mom of 5
This was a great excursion! I highly recommend it. I was a little afraid of the rays at first but ended up holding one and it was so awesome. Snorkeling was good. Saw lots of fish!
Ilove seeing people love their jobs which was one of the great things about this excursion. The stingrays were neat to be around. I am not a strong swimmer so the snorkeling was fun but I could only handle a few minutes in the rough water. I wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes if life jackets were not provided. Overall it was a great experience
Reviewer: Mr. Clean
This trip was a lot of fun. The water was crystal clear. The guides were very knowledgeable. This excursion was nice because there were only about 15 people on our boat where the cruise boat excursions had probably 30-50 people on them. The stingrays were great. You can pet them or get a kiss from them. Only complaint I would have is there weren't many fish on the snorkel trip, but it was still fun. I would recommend this trip.
Reviewer: LINDA T
This was the highlight of our trip! The guides were patient and experienced in handling the stingrays. We were glad to know that their barbs were removed for our safety. The area was so beautiful where they took us, too, nice sandy bottom and clear blue waters. The snorkeling was great, too! The whole adventure was great in the beautiful Caymans!!
Reviewer: yorkshire lass
Very impressed with this excursion. Well organized and fun guides. Stingray City is amazing and the one snorkel stop was as good. Would have loved more time and we are sure to visit again. The photos taken by the guides although not cheap were worth every penny and help to keep the memories alive returning to a cold and snowy Canada. Would recommend the excursion and the company and would not hesitate to use again.
What an experience to hold a stingray and snorkel. The staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We had a handicapped person on board and the staff went out of their way to help her experience the stingray swim and snorkeling
We took this excursion in March 2013 from the Carnival Legend. The turquoise waters were crystal clear, gorgeous, and not too cold. The boat ride was great and took about 30 min. They provide mask, snorkel, and fins or you can bring your own. Water at the sand bar was less than 4 ft. deep, the stingrays were amazing! Great for the family - the youngest member on our boat was about 8 yrs. old. The reef was only a few minutes away and had lots of fish. Bring an underwater camera for great pictures.
This was a once in a lifetime trip. The guides were fantastic and swimming with the stingrays was incredible. This was something that we will always remember.
Will definitely remember this excursion for a life time. Swimming with wild animals and feeding them by hand was an incredible experience. The guides were all very friendly and helpful.
Reviewer: joni pony
great guides great photos taken which we bought them all clean and nice boat very professional
This is the best trip we've ever done! It is an easy trip out to the boat dock and can be done by young children all the way up to seniors! The water was cool but comfortable, waist deep and easy to stand in. The stingrays were magnificent! Many of them just swim up and around the visitors while the guides help people interact with them. Marvelous! Pictures are optional but not too expensive are are something you just can't take with your own camera! Buy the pictures! These creatures are so tame and soft-such a remarkable time! The guides were excellent, helpful and professional. This is a DO NOT MISS excursion!!
Captain Marvin's provided us with a great shore excursion. The office is within an easy walking distance from the dock. The check in was easy. The driver was friendly and told us a few facts and pointed out some landmarks along the way to the dock. The captain, crew and Froggy, the photogarpher, were all very professional. When I saw the cruise ship excursion pull up, I knew we made the right decision. The cruise ship boat had 100 plus people crammed on it. Our ship had maybe 25. We had a great time. If you don't have a water proof camera, let Froggy take your pictures. It cost about $45 and was worth it.
Reviewer: Debbie the animal communicator
Made for great pic opportunity.
Stinray City tour in Grand Cayman was well organized and guides were helpful, informational and friendly. A good experience for those even those who don't usually participate in ocean activities like me...stingrays are quite lovable.
The instructions were good prior to the exciting experience being in the water with these gentle creatures, the stingrays. Lots of colorful fish while snorkeling and our guide brought up starfish for pictures, telling us about them and returning them to the sea. Snacks were refreshing after being in the water. Crew was friendly and helpful.
The sting ray experience was amazing! We have traveled and snorkelled many times in the past and this was a definite highlite! Would highly recommend!!
Don't be scared of the stingrays. They are so very friendly and oh so cute!! You'll see!! You are only in chest deep water. The snorkel stop was only about 8ft. deep. Crystal clear water, the reef and fish were so colorful and vivid. We saw a few species for the first time,without being dumped in super deep water. AMAZING!!! Don't miss this experience!!
This excursion was definetly worth doing. Would go on this excursion again. No disappointments. Good quality equipment. Sanitized between uses. knowlegable guides. Patient with novices. you will not be disappointed with this trip.
Reviewer: Captain Cook
The trip was well orchestrated and a pleasure to be on. The instruction about the stingrays was great, but wished we had had more than 30 minutes there. We also went to a SMALL coral reef and saw some colorful fish. The ride to and from the reef was quite pleasurable and all our needs were taken care of while on this cruise.
Very short stroll from the terminal to the offices and pickup spot. The buses were late models and clean. All employees wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time. Made sure we were all safe, imparted educational and environmental information and very skilled in their jobs. Would recommend to anyone! We had more time on the sandbar than if we had gone on a ship's tour. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Randy and Debbie
This is so cool, to stand in the water and have the stingrays swimming all around you and not having any fear. They are so big and seem to look forward to having people come visit them. The guides help you to hold them and feed them. I think the stingrays enjoyed it as much as we did. Great time, thanks guys at Capt. Marvins.
Friendly, courteous, fun - highly recommended and I have been on many of these.
Great experience! I've done it twice
The staff was great. They were polite, professional and courteous.
This is the 3rd time I've done this trip and I might just do it again sometime!
Reviewer: Stingray City
This is was a very wonderful experience. The guides were so helpful and nice and even the shuttle driver was fun and amazing. We had a blast and everything was done for us. It was all organized and the people who run this operation have it all working in a very friendly, well working way. I would recommend this to anybody wanting to swim with the stingrays. It was great.
Reviewer: Michael the clown
The staff smoked on the ship and actually on the deck above us at one point and that was gross and unprofessional. They took pics of me and my family swimming with the sting rays which was really nice and we love the pictures. They could use some drinks such as water.. all they had were off brand sugar drinks. All and all it was fun.
Sting Ray City and the snorkeling was an excellent excursion.
Reviewer: Mari and Ruben
This was a one in a lifetime experience... If you go to Caymen you must do this. The actual stingrays come up to you and feed them. We were totally amazed. The price for this was totally worth it.
Reviewer: Mom of 3 teens
I had 3 teenage girls with me and by far, this was the highlight of the cruise for us all! A once in a lifetime adventure! By the end of our visit, the girls had learned to hold a stingray.
I really enjoyed being in the beautiful clear blue Carribean water with the stingrays swimming around me. Such a unique experience.
Reviewer: June, the avid cruiser
We took our 7 year old grandaughter on this trip and hse had a ball. The guides were great as was everything else. Do not miss this one
Reviewer: KC Guy
This was the second time I've done this excursion, so it shows how much I enjoy it. If you've been to Grand Cayman, but haven't done this - do it!
Reviewer: Sun lover
We had a wonderful day. The meeting place was close by. They were right on time. The guides were fun. And of course the Rays were great. Lots of good picture. The only slighty negitive I would say was the wind was a bit high so the waves got a bit strong. But you are standing on a sand bar so it was easy enought to handle. Good for most people.
nice small groups
This was a great trip!!! If you are going to the Caymans and haven't been to Stingray City, DO IT!!! I'm not even going to try to explain it, other than they are about like puppy dogs!!! They love to be held and petted and, of course, fed! My wife was a little ""iffy"" at first, but after about 5 minutes I think she was thinking about leaving me for a stingray!!! Also, the snorkeling was GREAT!!! The crew were great as well...very friendly. I guess the only ding I would give them is that on other excursions that I have been on they would usually have some ""adult beverages"" after you were out of the water and heading back to the shore...you know...beer, rum punch, margarita, etc. They just had water and some Kool-Aid. Not a big deal, but it would have capped the trip off to have a cold beer during the 30 minute ride back after snorkeling.
The shop to check in was less then a block from the pier. The bus was air conditioned and very comfortable. After two quick stops at hotels on the way we were off to catch our boat! Our driver gave us a quick history and pointed out several locations along the way to stop after for food and fun after our trip before we got back on the cruise ship. Denver, our captain, got us out to Sting Ray city fairly quickly (maybe 10 min boat ride or so). We sat up on deck with him and chatted while he pointed out various landscape and historical points about Grand Cayman. Denver and crew wrangled a sting ray and showed us how to pet AND kiss a sting ray. They provided some bait so each of us could feed the sting rays that swam around us. It can be a little intimidating at first because they really are SO big, but they are babies and love to be petted, fed, and kissed! What I also liked about the tour was they had a dedicated photographer Froggy, who took pictures of everyone on the tour as a family and singles holding, kissing and well...wearing a sting ray...(you'd have to see the picture). For an additional cost they provide you these pictures on a CD for you to own copyright free along with some additional pictures that he has taken around the island. It does cost extra (our price was around $50.00, it depended on how many people were in your (family) group..ie it was just my husband and I, where others might have kids, additional family and friends) but it was well worth it. After sting ray city we headed another 5 or 7 minutes to the coral gardens for our snorkel stop. They gave us our own gear (flippers, mask and snorkel) and off we went. We had purchased an underwater camera and have some amazing pictures of the fish and the ""gardens"" that we brought back home for our friends and family. We spent around 45 minutes, which is when everyone had made their way back to the boat anyways. Denver, hosed us off as we came out of the water with fresh water to help us get rid of some of the sticky feeling after being in salt water. It was very refreshing. We did not have any kids on our tour but they did have kid masks and fins available. After getting back on the bus, the driver asked if anyone wanted to be dropped off anywhere along the way. Some people took advantage and went to seven mile beach right after. (although you had to find your own transportation back to the downtown area). I would highly reccomend this tour to ANYONE wanting to have a fun time and get wet! :) Our tour operators were Captian Marvin's, and they were very knowledgeable about the area, sting ray city, and coral gardens. It was very relaxing and fun.
This was my favorite excursion! It was very well organized. The small bus was air-conditioned and comfortable. Everyone working on the excursion was very friendly. The water was amazing! I was scared to get into the water at first, but the guides were helpful and available. Our group was small which was nice (and different than the cruise excursions). There were life vests to use so my 6 year old who doesn't swim well felt more comfortable. (Although, he could stand during part of the stingray encounter.) We fed the stingrays squid. They were crazy for them. It got a little intimidating when 3 come at you! Stay away from the squid if that thought scares you. Overall, an amazing time. They are great creatures and to see them free is truly special.
Great time. Guides were experienced and fun. They let us feed the stingrays and swim around them. Definitely worth it. Also, they used the remaining food to feed the fish when we snorkeled. This allowed the fish to swim around us while we snorkeled. Very cool.
This excursion was my favorite by far of all the excursions I attended. The snorkel stop was first in my case because Stingray City was a little crowded when we arrived. The snorkeling was the most amazing snorkeling I have ever experienced and I have snorkeled more than five times in three different countries. There was real coral, nothing man made, and the fish were tropical, colorful, and beautiful. The water was so clear and surprisingly not bitter at all. The water was warm also. I saw stingrays swim by and a lionfish! The whole experience was just so exotic. Stingray City was fabulous, also. I was at first hesitant because the stingrays still had their stingers but the guides were very comforting and encouraged us to go in. They held the stingrays and taught us about them and I felt safe. They brought a stingray to each and every family/person and let them hold it and kiss it. The boat we were in was very nice. It was two stories and had a bathroom. The price was absolutely amazing also. We got so much for our money.
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Reviewer: Melissa A
We had the best time. It was so neat to be able to play and feed the sting ray. Everyone is so afraid of them and yet these were so tame. However it is funny to hear the men squeal like tennage girls. lol. The snorkel experience was awesome. Make sure you buy a disposable camera for snorkelling, you don't want to miss that experience on camera.
Stingray city was great fun. My family and I were late getting off our ship and missed the bus taking our group to the boat, so the boss of the shore excursion company drove us in his personal car to meet the boat. What service! The only con would be the cost of the souvenir pictures - very pricey. All in all a great experience. I would highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Alice the Traveler
I was nervous at first booking a shore trip outside of the cruise line but was so pleasantly pleased I did. This trip was fantastic!! We were a small group, our family and one other for a total of 12. Other boats came with 30-40 people. The crew were knowledgeable and friendly.I rate this moderately adventuress because you are surrounded by stingrays in the water and are given a massage and kiss from the rays. A wonderful experience can't wait to book it again.
Prior to being taken to the stingrays we stopped off and where able to snorkel and the views were wonderful. Swimming with the stingrays was something a friend talked me into. I thought if I didn't like it when I got there I would just stay on the boat. This turned out to be the hightlight of my vacation. They are so big and friendly. It was absolutely amazing, something not to be missed. The crew were very friendly and knowlegable - we were also able to purchase some great keepsake photos with no pressure to buy.
The guides and phtographer were excellent and made the experiene a lot of fun. The pictures were an unexpected bonus (at a reasonanle cost) Highly recommend this experience - don't think we will see anything like it again.
MY FAMILY LOVED THE RAYS, GRANDCHILDREN ARE 8 AND 11,LOVED IT AND SO DID MY WIFE AND KIDS, VERY COOL !
The Stingray and snorkeling excursion was amazing. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
The employees were all very knowledgeable and knew what they were doing. We enjoyed this excursion more than any other we've ever done!
My wife never thought that she would get in the water with stingrays the size of a table, but she did. She even held and kissed one. Great time!
Don't let the price fool you, this was the best excursion we went on during our cruise. Feeding the stingrays was awesome. They are huge, and you get to hold them and they say if you kiss one you have seven years good luck. LOL. My wife was scared at first, but she enjoyed the experience. The snorkeling was awesome too, there were so many fish‚¶ Awesome experience!