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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:47 pm    Post subject: Soto's Cruises Stingray City Trip | Reviews | Photos | Best Rates!
 
We just got back from Cayman and had a really excellent experience with these people. I can't recommend them highly enough! Thank you for recommending them to us!




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:48 pm    Post subject:
 
Did I read wrong in another post, I thought Soto's was not reopening?




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:48 pm    Post subject: Soto's Cruises Stingray City Trip | Reviews | Photos | Best Rates!
 









Soto's Cruises is owned by Randy and Kerry Soto. Randy is Bob Soto's son and they own and operate a snorkel company. They offer fast, friendly service to Stingray City with an additional stop at Barrier Reef or Coral Gardens.

Soto's Cruises has no cruise ship affiliations and they are able to offer the most personal and crowd free service of any Stingray City tour operator in the Cayman Islands.

I highly recommend Soto's Cruises with their exceptional customer service and outstanding price. Averaging only a dozen or so guests per trip, you are virtually assured of a non crowded Stingray City experience every time.

Note that Stingray City is not an infinite area and even though Soto's Cruises only average a dozen or so passengers per trip, the entirety of Stingray can become crowded on heavy cruise ship days.

Overnight visitors can avoid the crowds by simply checking our Cruise Ship Calendar to find the fewest cruise ship days; or booking their Soto's Stingray City Adventure on any days other than Tuesday through Thursday, which are Grand Cayman's most heavily visited cruise ship days.

NOTE: Book directly (not through any third party packages, hotels or travel agencies) with Kerry at scruises@candw.ky or 1-345-945-4576 for the best rates and mention Activity Guide for the very best rates. Please remember that payment must be in cash or traveler's checks - credit cards are not accepted.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:49 pm    Post subject:
 
Can I book in advance?




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:50 pm    Post subject:
 
Yes. You can call Kerry at: 1-345-945-4576. Mention Activity Guide so you get the discount. If you don't have a confirmed accommodation yet, you should do that first. There are not as many rooms open as usual and this is busy season. You may have a problem finding something this close to your planned arrival date.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:50 pm    Post subject:
 
Sotos Cruises is open and the best priced trip on the island. We went with Captain Marvins last trip and they charged us more than twice as much. Book it ahead of time though, they sell out because they are so good.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:51 pm    Post subject:
 
We have been coming to the Cayman Islands for 7 years and have been out with both Captain Marvins and Sotos Cruises. There is no question that Sotos is much cheaper and has a much faster and better equipped boat. Their staff is caring and conscientious and they have you back in time to enjoy the rest of your day. With Captain Marvins, you spend all day riding around on that slow boat breathing diesel fumes and paying twice as much. There is no contest here. Sotos wins by a mile!




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:52 pm    Post subject:
 
We used to go with Captain Marvins until Sotos opened up a few years ago and then we never went back to Marvins again after that. Now that should tell you folks somethin right there!




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:55 pm    Post subject:
 
With the Acitivity Guide discount for Soto's of $24CI, what does that translate into in US $




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It works out to about US$29. You will not find a better price than that anywhere on the island.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:56 pm    Post subject:
 
Thanks for the quick response, Joe. I had asked because we had already booked with Soto's for Apr. 4 when we will be in Grand Cayman off the Splendour of the Seas. Kerry had confirmed a price of $30 for the adults and 13 yr old and $20 for our 9 year old. Sounds like it is pretty close to the same price, so I don't think I will bother her about a total of $3.



We are looking forward to it though!



Maybe you can tell me if I booked the right time. Our ship is scheduled to be in Grand Cayman from 9-5. Since I know daylight savings time will have just started (although Kerry's email said they don't observe it) and I wanted to be safe, I booked the 1-3 time frame. Would have liked the morning, but didn't know for sure what time would be safe. Have heard so many things about whether the different ships have a different time than the ports. What do you think, if our last tender is 4:00 or 4:30, should we be OK? I know my confirmation said we should meet at noon for the 1-3 p.m. excursion. I guess the afternoon should also help us avoid the mad dash for tenders (hopefully).



Thanks for any insight you can offer!



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:57 pm    Post subject:
 
Hi Sandy:



The price works out about the same in US or CI. Even if you don't use the coupon, I would appreciate it if your would mention that your heard about it from Acitity Guide. I don't take a commission on any of this, so all I really get out of it is a little appreciation from my advertisers.



We do not have daylight savings time; It is always Eastern Standard Time here.



The second trip is probably better. You will be sure to have plenty of time to get off the boat and make your pickup. The ships give preferential treatment to passengers with cruise-booked activities, so it might take you a couple of hours to get to shore, depending on how many people are on your ship and how many ships are in that day. You will be back in plenty of time if you take the 1:00 trip. You will have time to spare, so you might want to have them drop you off at the Wharf for a great lunch on the way back. Or spend a couple of hours downtown, there are a lot of great stores and bars in that area.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:36 pm    Post subject: Sotos Cruises
 
This is a relatively new place. We went out with Captain Marvins for years, but then didn't go snorkeling at Stingray City for a few years. We gave Sotos a try last year when we brought our kids and everyone loved it. They had a much lower price than we were used to paying and a brand new boat with lots of terrific features. Someone on the boat shot a video and they made a copy for us on DVD for a very reasonable price too.


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We've been out with them a bunch of times over the years. We were always extremely happy with their service and prices.




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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:02 am    Post subject: Sting ray city and reef dive
 
Hi I'm a newbie and this will be my first trip to the Caymans. I'm so glad I found this site. My cruise ship docks at 7am and leaves at 3pm. I want to do the Sting ray city swim and also want to snorkel the reef. Is this possible without paying the outrageous price the cruise ship wants? Can you recommend a way to do both in this short period of time that I have? Thanks Debi




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