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  1. I can't speak for the ATV or Jeep tours, but I highly recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout if you like animals. Here is a link to a video: https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI They pick you up a short walking distance from the cruise terminal and there are several excursion options. We chose the island tour, hanging out with the monkey's, sloths, etc., and then snorkeling. The animals were all fun and the snorkeling was amazing. They took us to two locations; the first was shallow and great for beginners and more advanced snorkelers, and then they took us to the reef, part of the second largest in the world behind Great Barrier Reef. I will probably do the same excursion next time. If you decide to do this, I would book directly through them via Facebook and they will give you all of the details.
  2. I can't speak for the full itineraries, but I like Cozumel and Grand Turk, although quite popular ports of call. If you are looking for a day pass at a mostly adult-oriented beach club, Nachi Cocom in Cozumel is great. It was $65 pp when we went. The food and drinks were included and it was a very relaxing day. I did snorkel here, but there were not a lot of fish, although I was pleased with what I saw right off the beach. Here is a video: Cozumel - Nachi Cocom Beach Club https://youtu.be/HWVhLuEm46o Grand Turk is nice for many reasons. If you want to save some money, the beach is right off the ship. You can buy drinks and food around the terminal and in Margaritaville, but we never spend any money in Grand Turk. If you like to snorkel, the snorkeling is pretty good and better than Nachi Cocom. Here's some videos from different places in the Grand Turk cruise terminal: Grand Turk Cruise Terminal Highlights https://youtu.be/O8nx-HBg8js Grand Turk Margaritaville only https://youtu.be/XxJBcnxP0eI Grand Turk - Snorkeling with a Barracuda https://youtu.be/siGqNnjrDd0 Grand Turk - Snorkeling with parrot fish https://youtu.be/9y0QOaMk5Sw Grand Turk - Flounder Fish https://youtu.be/hnWr1BVtc0U
  3. You can't go wrong with any of them. Bermuda is intriguing, but overall number two has the most interesting stops in my opinion. Below are some videos from your possible destinations that may help you decide. A lot of it will depend on what you plan to do in each port. Grand Turk Cruise Terminal Highlights https://youtu.be/O8nx-HBg8js Grand Turk Margaritaville only https://youtu.be/XxJBcnxP0eI St. Maarten - Pinel Island https://youtu.be/nVazZZTUUiw https://youtu.be/w0-n3ZbO8us St. Maarten - View from Orient Beach https://youtu.be/Lu5MiAKmDP4 Cozumel - Nachi Cocom Beach Club https://youtu.be/HWVhLuEm46o Grand Turk - Snorkeling with a Barracuda https://youtu.be/siGqNnjrDd0
  4. Carnival has fun water slides. Below are videos of five water slides on Horizon, Breeze and Splendor as you enjoy the ride down... Carnival Horizon - Fun Things Water Slide https://youtu.be/p3cPSJKE6Ww Carnival Horizon - Cat's Hat Water Slide https://youtu.be/OB4WrdnV4ZE Carnival Splendor Water Slide https://youtu.be/PgZ2_wiJMF4 Carnival Breeze - Twister https://youtu.be/bNk0mXU6pno Carnival Breeze - Drain Pipe https://youtu.be/l8yygD9AnK8
  5. Here is a great video of a packing / to do list before leaving on a cruise. https://youtu.be/bU-1PpttmYY
  6. We were on Carnival (but I don't think the cruise line matters) and "Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout" picked us up just outside of the port area. The first picture in the video shows you where you meet all of the locals picking up cruisers for excursions that were not bought through the ship. https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI When we booked directly through Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout via Facebook, I'm sure I told him the date we would be there and the cruise ship, just so they knew where to pick us up, but again, I really don't think the cruise line itself matters. They just need to know the date you will be there and where the ship is docked, which I would think they could figure out if you don't know, just by telling them the date and cruise ship. It is my understanding that all local excursions not associated with the ships have to stay outside of the port area. When DJ M&SH confirms your excursion with them, they will provide the details of where to meet them, which appeared to be the same place as all of the other non-ship excursions were meeting cruisers (see above video link), and they are all holding signs so you would just need to look for the sign with Daniel Johnson's Monkey & Sloth Hangout. DJ M&SH gave us excellent instructions on where to go and it was super easy to find them. (I had read they give good instructions and it was easy to find them on other reviews before I went, and they were right.) You can probably just follow others out of the port because most, if not all will be heading to the same place. One thing to note: the confirmation also said to meet one hour after the ship docks, but we got off the ship right away and went to the meeting location and didn't have to wait to start the excursion. But, you could check with them during your Facebook correspondence. Make sure you check with DJ M&SH about the different excursion packages they offer. We did the island tour, snorkeling, and monkey/sloth/other animals, which I highly recommend, but you may prefer a different package they offer.
  7. I recommend going to Pinel Island. Here's a video of Pinel Island, which focuses more on the island itself. https://youtu.be/nVazZZTUUiw Subscribe to KD Travel Adventures for more videos. We went to the taxi terminal when we got off the ship and told them we wanted to go to Pinel Island. We ended up sharing a taxi with a couple that wanted to go to Orient Beach. It was on the way to our drop off to take the "ferry" (small boat that holds maybe 30 to 40 people) to Pinel Island. Check times because the first ferry of the day depends on the time of the year. But, we got off the ship right away and just got there early. We did wait a little bit. I've heard good things about the beach, but we didn't spend much time there, as we walked on the trail around the island, which has gorgeous views in all directions. I also tried the snorkeling area (for a fee), and have heard great things about this too, but my experience wasn't the greatest because the water was really choppy and stirred up due to a tropical storm 150 miles away. But, I would go back to Pinel Island in a heartbeat and even try the snorkeling again. HOWEVER, one very important note to make, make sure you tell your taxi to pick you up at a certain time and give yourself enough time to get back. We asked the taxi driver that dropped us off to pick us back up at a specific time and he was right on time. But, there isn't really a place to call for a taxi, so its important to schedule it ahead of time.
  8. I recommend going to Pinel Island. We went to the taxi terminal when we got off the ship and told them we wanted to go to Pinel Island. We ended up sharing a taxi with a couple that wanted to go to Orient Beach. It was on the way to our drop off to take the "ferry" (small boat that holds maybe 30 to 40 people) to Pinel Island. Check times because the first ferry of the day depends on the time of the year. But, we got off the ship right away and just got there early. We did wait a little bit. I've heard good things about the beach, but we didn't spend much time there, as we walked on the trail around the island, which has gorgeous views in all directions. I also tried the snorkeling area (for a fee), and have heard great things about this too, but my experience wasn't the greatest because the water was really choppy and stirred up due to a tropical storm 150 miles away. But, I would go back to Pinel Island in a heartbeat and even try the snorkeling again. HOWEVER, one very important note to make, make sure you tell your taxi to pick you up at a certain time and give yourself enough time to get back. We asked the taxi driver that dropped us off to pick us back up at a specific time and he was right on time. But, there isn't really a place to call for a taxi, so its important to schedule it ahead of time. Here's a video of Pinel Island, which focuses more on the island itself. https://youtu.be/nVazZZTUUiw Subscribe to KD Travel Adventures for more videos.
  9. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe they told us we could add the snorkeling package when we arrived. I would email them to be certain. We just enjoyed it so much right at the resort that we just decided to stay there all day. I had my own snorkeling gear, and while its definitely not the greatest snorkeling right off the beach (and I've heard some people say they don't see any fish), I was pleasantly surprised at times (although I'm sure you would see a lot more adding their snorkeling package). Here is a video from pics of Nachi Cocom, which includes some snorkeling pics. https://youtu.be/HWVhLuEm46o
  10. While its not exclusive to snorkeling, I'm going to recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. We bought the excursion directly through their Facebook page that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. While I don't remember the exact amount of time we had to snorkel, I felt like it was one of the longest times I've been able to snorkel on an excursion. And, the only reason we stopped when we did was because of thunderstorms. They also took us to two locations. One was fairly shallow and at times could stand up, which I thought would be great for beginners to get their bearings, but still interesting for someone who has snorkeled many ties. Then they took us to another area, which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef. The fish and drop off were amazing. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  11. I highly recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. It will cover the monkey/sloths and snorkeling. We booked the excursion directly through Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout on Facebook that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. When we booked the had different packages, so if you only wanted to do the monkeys/sloths/macaws and snorkeling, and not do the island tour that was an option. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  12. It has already been mentioned, but I recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. We bought the excursion directly through their Facebook page that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. But, I agree with another poster...you are probably not going to be able to hold the monkeys. Although I didn't see any sitting on top of heads, there was a curious one playing in someone's hair, but she didn't seem to mind. The monkeys will usually just sit on your arm. The macaws are a different story. They landed on your head. And, holding the sloth was so cool! It just seemed so sweet and loveable. If interested, I also recommend the snorkeling excursion they offer. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  13. Thank you! How many people do they allow for the tour. The cost is very reasonable, but I'm hoping to keep it to just us four, but we would be okay with a few others. I just don't want it to be too large of a group. Do you know what beach they gave the option to stay at after the tour. We were in Aruba six years ago and went to Eagle Beach by the low rise hotels and loved it. This time my parents will be with us and I would love it if they could see Eagle Beach, but maybe the one they take you to is even better. Thanks in advance.
  14. Does anyone have experience getting an island tour after getting off the ship in Aruba? I'm not looking to book anything prior to arriving in port, but just want this option if available. If you did this: How much did it cost per person (there will be 4 of us)? Was there any walking involved (one of us has limited walking capabilities)? Do you recommend the island tour? What did you see and where did you go? Where do you go once you get off the ship to find someone/a tour company to give you the island tour? How long was the tour? Thanks in advance for any information provided.
  15. Does anyone have experience getting an island tour after getting off the ship in Curacao? I'm not looking to book anything prior to arriving in port, but just want this option if available. If you did this: How much did it cost per person (there will be 4 of us)? Was there any walking involved (one of us has limited walking capabilities)? Do you recommend the island tour? Where do you go once you get off the ship to find someone/a tour company to give you the island tour? How long was the tour? Thanks in advance for any information provided.
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