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Reviews by Stacie
Last review on 2017/07/13
# of Reviews: 3

Way too long, nowhere to sit and sooo much smoke

Posted on: 2017/07/13

This cruise was quite a disappointment. Right off the bat, it was apparent that it was way overbooked. They did not have seats for probably 50-60 people. Secondly, the "appetizers" were subpar (although there was plenty of water and soda all the way to the end of the cruise). Thirdly, there was nothing to do for about 2.5 hours of the cruise. The firework show (which was amazing when it was finally going) was only about 20 minutes. So from 7pm-10pm, there was nothing to do but just talk or look around at the sights. In the beginning it was okay, because there was the sunset and you're fresh and excited. But after the fireworks were over, we didn't make it back to shore until after 10pm. I don't know what was going on, but one of the crew members said something about the docks being blocked by other boats. That's fine, I know they don't have control over that, but we almost made it back to the dock and we turned back out to the water with no explanation. Furthermore, what made this part awful, was the engine of the boat was working so hard to reverse and then move forward, and all the other movements it needed to get back to shore, that there was TONS of smoke coming onto the boat right where tons of people were. It was awful. It got all in our faces, smelled horrible and just made us feel bad. My 11 year old nephew was coughing the rest of the night because of it. The crew didn't seem apologetic nor did they help explain what happened. Also, the crew went around asking people if they needed anything, but only asked us once the whole time, not sure if that's standard. The whole thing could have been an hour shorter and we probably would've been happy. At the end when it's dark and late, you just want to go home.

Rating: star
Attended as:Families with Young Children
Activity Date: 2017/07/04
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Had a great time, Sarah was a wonderful tour guide

Posted on: 2017/07/13

My husband, myself and our 11 year old nephew had a great time on our hike. Pretty much everything was as described. We got to go to 4 different waterfalls, got to jump into 3 of them, included a pretty hefty peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a bag of chips, native fruit, lots of water and bug spray provided, and a backpack to keep everything in! The hike was definitely more on the moderate side than the easy side, I would say. My husband and I are fairly athletic and we were both sore and tired at the end of the hike. The nature is amazing. I took about 200 photos. The information that Sarah shared with us was interesting and insightful. She was a very nice, patient and informative tour guide. She was friendly and made conversation, but was not in your face, or invasive when people didn't want her to be. She was also very helpful because she showed the people on the tour the correct places and ways to jump off the waterfalls. I think this helped with some of the anxiety people had. I definitely recommend this hike. It is a little pricey, but it was worth it, and you really get your money's worth. I ended up messing up one of my ears when I jumped off of the third waterfall we found, so the end of the hike wasn't as pleasant for me as the beginning was, but I think that was a random thing that happened. My 11 year old nephew jumped a total of 7 times off the different waterfalls and never really complained about anything except that he slapped his hands and arms on the water (which was more his own fault). The one thing I didn't like was the number of people that were at the waterfalls during our tour. That was something we couldn't really control. There are some "private" waterfalls that we got to see, which, obviously had less people, but still had other people there. I think if you have a choice, go on a weekday, and it might be helpful to go during an off season. We went the day after 4th of July, so it was probably pretty busy.

Rating: star
Attended as:Families with Young Children
Activity Date: 2017/07/05
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Great experience, my parents' highlight of the trip

Posted on: 2017/07/13

We had a great time on this cruise. Everything about it went basically as planned. We went to two different snorkeling spots where we had an hour or a little more to swim around checking out the coral reef and the marine life. In the beginning, they had a little breakfast that included muffins, fruits and different types of juice. After the first snorkeling spot, they made chicken breasts, hot dogs and burgers patties for lunch which were also very good. They didn't have KETCHUP!!! Which was a pretty big bummer, but the food was good and there was plenty of it. They also handed out bags of chips and pretty much everyone was able to get a second bag. The best part about the cruise was the dolphins that we saw. We spent about 20-30 minutes watching a pack of dolphins swim around and with out boat. They got up so close, it was amazing. My nephew and I sat at the front of the boat and actually got yelled at by the captain, but it was definitely worth it because my feet were about 10 feet away from touching the dolphins they were so close. Then at the last snorkeling spot, we got to swim with sea turtles (only noticed one when I was swimming but it did get pretty close), and a 6 foot long shark that was laying underneath the wreckage we were snorkeling above. It was pretty awesome and scary all at the same time. The shark was sleeping (or dead) because it didn't move and there was no danger, but I still didn't want to take my eyes off him! The boat provided the snorkel equipment including the liquid to keep your goggles clear. There is also a slide that goes off the side of the boat which was really fun to go off of! The crew ended the cruise with a free alcoholic beverage for each adult over 21 years old, and it was very tasty and had a lot of alcohol in it! I believe this was well worth the money.

Rating: star
Attended as:Families with Young Children
Activity Date: 2017/07/07
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