Sunday, March 15, 2015

Disney Cruise 2015 ~ Grand Cayman Island ~ Our Stingray Adventure!

(Sunday, February 22, 2015)

We woke Sunday morning to another beautiful day and were anchored at Grand Cayman Island.   We went to the buffet on the 9th deck to enjoy a quick breakfast before meeting our tour.  Mom and Rebecca had chosen to go to a combination tour of dolphin encounter and stingrays.  They were happy to sit in the boat and watch from there and unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of their excursion but they said they really enjoyed it.

The rest of us chose to swim and snorkel with the stingrays and it was AMAZING!!!  

Grand Cayman is a port that anchors and we took a tender into the port.  IMG_6599


(In the picture above you can also see Hannah’s brown Jasmine sticker.  Each person in our tour group was given one of these stickers and we followed the Jasmine sign to our tour.  It makes it very easy to find your group as many different tours arrive at the port at the same time.)

Welcome to George Town, Grand Cayman Island!IMG_6526

From the port we took a short bus ride with the tour company to the dock where our excursion boat was located.IMG_6595

In quick order we were on the boat and skimming our way to the sandbar where the stingrays are located.  Dad and I have remarked a few times about how far we travelled on this boat (probably 15 – 20 minutes) only to arrive at a sandbar where we were walking in the ocean in water only up to our thighs!IMG_6530

As we arrived at the sandbar we saw many different tour groups there and seeing all the boats, people and the stingrays swimming amongst them was pretty cool…and a little unnerving!  Seeing stingrays from the boat is one thing but knowing we would soon be walking and swimming amongst them was another! 

Our tour company was MarineLand Tours and we can’t say enough good about them!  Very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and more!  They took great care of us from start to finish!  Some of the added bonuses that we appreciated were a boat with a restroom and also a very handy staircase that lowered into the water which made entering and exiting the water easier which we appreciated on the wavy, wavy day that we were there!  Isn’t this amazing??!!!

As we spent time in the water our confidence grew.  (Well, others might have been confident from the start but it took me a few minutes.)  On top of that the rougher waters made it more of a challenge holding Hannah.  She enjoyed seeing the stingrays from above and was brave enough once to quickly touch one but that was enough for her thank you very much!  I can’t blame her either as when I put her down a couple of times not only were the stingrays close to her but the occasional wave would go right over her head but she was a trooper through it all!  She just chose to catch a ride when she could! Winking smile


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We started out standing in a circle with the stingrays swimming around our as our tour guides described things about them.  Unfortunately I missed most of what they said.  Heh!  IMG_6562

We were each given an opportunity to touch a stingray Stingrayand eventually hold one too!  (The smaller one dad and Larry are holding is a male and the larger one I’m holding is a female.)  IMG_6544

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By this point Hannah was content to watch from the boat so I took her back there.  Next we had the opportunity to feed the stingrays.  By this time I was feeling more confident so decided to give it a try.  They gave us these little octopi to feed them.  IMG_6575

Dad did great!  Me?  Well…just watch! 

Oops!  I either pulled it too far under water, held it too tight or…both!  Needless to say I was the proud owner of a stingray nibble!IMG_6584

I can honestly say it didn’t hurt, just surprised me!

So, we had an AMAZING time and cannot recommend this opportunity more highly!  If you’re ever in George Town, Grand Cayman Islands, go for a swim with the stingrays!IMG_6577



  1. I love reading about your cruise and adventures! I'm such a water chicken that swimming with the rays would not be for me but it looks really cool. I'm impressed that Hannah did so well too. Your nibble from the sting ray would have done me in. Well, who is kidding who, I wouldn't have even attempted it! Glad it was no more than a surface scratch!

  2. Oh! I was hoping this was what you guys chose to do! I've always wanted to give it a try! I had no idea they could bite though. Oh my goodness. I probably would have fainted. LOL! That's awesome that Hannah was able to go too! I was not sure if they had an age requirement. Good for her for being so brave!!

    1. It was SO much fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! The bite didn't was just more of a surprise. I went to feed one again but chickened out as it approached and dropped the food. The age requirement was 5. I found we had many more options for excursions this year now that Hannah was 5!

  3. I thought is was cool to feed and touch rays at our zoo, but that's nothing compared to this! WOW! I am so envious. What an amazing experience!


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