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  1. Thanks, makes me feel better. I did the helmet dive/walk there on my baby steps to scuba and I remember walking and holding onto the railing and being pushed around a little. I'll probably stick to the plan and just be proactive and ask them that day about the current and if they think I will be ok that day.. Thanks again!
  2. You had mentioned how your husband had struggled there. I'm 62 and out of shape but have enjoyed my discover scuba but not looking for anything that present a real challenge or is dangerous if you know what I mean.
  3. Are you going to be trying Coki again? I sound like you, will do a discover scuba, have no interest in getting certified, am content with a DS on a cruise at one port and was thinking i was going to do DS at Coki since my wife could sit on the beach while i was in the water. Going to have to re-think this now 😞
  4. I'm thinking of Calabaza in Barbados that wants you to use certain sunscreen to protect the turtles and they do not allow you to wear flippers while in the water around the turtles. Glad to see it wasn't just me!
  5. Wow! And the company that provided the snorkeling allowed this? I'm both saddened and amazed anyone would do that.
  6. I've been on Serenade a few times but not since last April and at that time they did not.
  7. Are you using a travel agent? I've had this situation a number of times and just let my travel agent handle it and it's always worked out for the early seating.
  8. Hello, we did the tour with Stan of JNJ tours back in 2016. He was waiting for us with his sign at the port so no worries finding him. We actually had a group of 11 of us from our roll call on Cruise Critic. I guess we were a good group as none of us were kept waiting at any of the stops. Stan was a great host and after our tour he dropped half of us off at a beach for a bit while he dropped the others back at the ship and then returned to pick us up. I was the one who arranged our tour with Stan and everything went very smooth. I must say that our group on the roll call was the best I've ever been involved with. None of us knew each other and my wife has done 3 other European cruises since with a group of the ladies from the cruise. Anyway, I would not hesitate to book with Stan. Good Luck!
  9. We had a similar situation of Princess a few years ago, carpet was absolutely soaked when my wife woke up to go to the bathroom. We lost the use of the cabin for the day. Fortunately we had an early excursion that day and cabin was ready when we returned. They offered us a bottle of wine for the inconvenience (neither of us drink). Coincidentally I contracted Norovirus a couple of days later. Had a number of issues that cruise but the that was the last straw, never went on another Princess cruise.
  10. Regarding Woodwind, all you have to do is look at them on Trip Advisor, one 5 star rating after another. The boat described above was their older boat. They have had a newer cat for close to a year now. Dee is the reason my wife now snorkels. After a few unsuccessful attempts at snorkeling we went on Woodwind in 2016 and Dee made sure my wife was comfortable and that she had a good time. My wife now has her own snorkeling gear (mask and fins) and can snorkel with the best of them. Btw my wife is 72. We were just with Woodwind this past April and Dee must have remembered us from 3 years ago as she told me how much my wife had improved. On this last trip I watched Dee literally pull a woman on a noodle during the snorkeling. This woman cried afterwards and hugged Dee for being there for her and having such a good time, she was so grateful. We are booked with them in December and our taking our 3 grandkids, ages 6 thru 13. Ulf, Dee's husband told me he's had as young as 3 on the boat. I can't say enough good things about Woodwind. Another thought is the reason she was probably saying don't swim is that this is drift snorkeling, no need to swim.
  11. Following this also as we're taking our grandkids and hoping to snorkel in Aruba. I can concur the current at the Antilla wreck is strong. We did it a couple months ago but my wife stayed on the boat and I'm glad she did. We're taking them snorkeling in Bonaire on this cruise with Woodwind and that was a no brainer but wanted to add a snorkel stop in Aruba and not sure who to use.
  12. For snorkeling with turtles i would go with Calabaza on Barbados. They are a first class operation. Have been with them a couple of times and booked with them again next year. Last year as soon as I jumped in the water a large turtle was with our guide. They are very protective of the turtles. Check them out on Trip Advisor or go to the Barbados section on Cruise Critic. Good luck and have fun!
  13. We did the Royal Caribbean ship tour that included everything you're looking for in December. Going there again in two weeks and just going to a beach. Have snorkeled and done sea tours while there on previous trips but the last one was exactly what you're looking for. Hope that helps!
  14. Guys, my apologies to the both of you. At my age i should know better than to assume and I was guilty of that so again please accept my apologies. Part of getting caught up in social media and was guilty.
  15. Wow, such a helpful detailed answer and not even a thank you? BTW, scheduled to be with Hans in Curacao later next month based on your recommendation.
  16. Not sure I'll be any help or too late for you but did the same excursion on Royal Caribbean in December. All i can say is it's not a beach I'd heard or read about but it was close to the port. It was a nice beach with a nice restaurant where you can get bar food.
  17. Thank you both, yes, the December cruise is in 2019 and yes I've checked it twice, just like a Christmas list and there are only 6 offered, no view all, just a "back to the top".
  18. Is it normal for the cruise line to offer a limited number of excursions in December? Going to the same Island in April and they offer 21 excursions. Same Island in December and they're only offering 6 excursions. Is this the norm? Is that time of the year a time when a good number of excursion operators take off?
  19. Cruise is actually next week but chose another excursion.
  20. Thank you. Was thinking of Polly's. Neither one of us drink. Anything else to do in the pier area besides eat and drink?
  21. I've done both but hard to say for your family. When we did the Eco tour thru a private company it was very good. Where there was some rock climbing my wife and I stayed at the boat; she swam and I did a little snorkeling. There was another part where we climbed up to an overlook while they were preparing lunch on the boat. We had our grandkids with us but they were in their early teens so the rock climbing and going up to the overlook was no big deal for them, not sure about a five and a half year old. But one of you could stay behind while the other did some exploring. We did the lobster lunch thru RCI and while it was OK it was somewhat boring as all we did was stop at a couple of beaches and swim. The grilled lobster on the boat was very good however. Swim and lobster lunch or some snorkeling and sight seeing with a lunch on the boat, that is the question!
  22. We've got an excursion booked thru the ship and will be returning late morning. Any ideas on what to do in town close to the pier?
  23. Considering a six hour tour around the Island by boat. For those who have done these tours I believe I've seen post that say it's rough once these boats are on the Atlantic side. I don't want to put my wife thru rough conditions. I know one day the ocean can be as smooth as glass and the next day like a roller coaster. Is that true for Antigua that every day is different or as a rule is the Atlantic side generally smooth? Thanks!
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