Originally Posted by Meg32IL
I would love any information you have. firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to have between 40-50 also. I was down there earlier this year and did a catamaran excursion out of Puerto Morelos. It was great but I don't remember the company name.
It was not private, but we had so many people in our group there was only two other couples on our boat. They took us out to the middle of the water and those who wanted to snorkel went on a separate small boat and snorkeled for about an hour. The captain and his crew were amazing, they were so fun, let us choose the music and made the best drinks. The whole thing was supposed to be about 3-4 hours on the water but they let us stay out longer. Then we returned to land and had lunch at a local restaurant, it was included and very good.
It was not too warm that day so we did not swim while we were docked but that would be nice if it was on option, not sure if it was. Also, it would have been good to have snacks on the boat, we were all starving by the time we got back from lunch.
Overall it was a great experience and I'm looking for the same thing when we go down for our wedding.
Originally Posted by m8chow
Omg I missed this message. I would love your recommendations Mrs.HK. We'll have a smaller group at about 40. Did you and the guests enjoy the catamaran trip though?
I'm hoping none of them get seasick but that's such a good point that I never thought of. How long was your excursion and did they include a transfer from the hotel?
Hey ladies! We ended up going with Catamaya, and it was great! Our group ended up being just over 50 people. We had a lunch (they have 3 different choices), all inclusive drinks and they let us play our own music. We stopped to snorkel and swim for a bit which was fun. If you have more than 40 people this is a great option. Here's their email: email@example.com and their Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g153510-d1901945-Reviews-Catamaya_Sailing_Cruises-Puerto_Aventuras_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
This is the package we chose, quoted directly from the email I got from the company:
SUNSET Charter with Hamburgers
Hours From 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Service Sailing and snorkelling.
Lunch An hamburger grilled aboard along salad, dressing, mexican salsa, tortilla chips and assorted nuts.
Drinks FULL OPEN BAR: Beer, rum, vodka and tequila, Sodas: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Juices: Orange, Pineapple and Purified water
Cost US$ 3,510.00
All the options above include:
- Sailing and snorkelling, these activities depend on the weather conditions.
- We provide the complete snorkel gear.
- Crew service.
- Two fishing lines.
- Music and great fun!
Very Important notes:
- Tips not included, kindly suggest US 4.00 per person.
- If you need us to provide the round trip transportation, please consider US10.00 per person.
- A 30% deposit is required order to book the date and the balance will have to be paid two weeks before the event.
Another company to consider is Fat Cat if you have a slightly smaller group. They have two vessels that each accommodate 40 people. Arlene there was great to deal with and the only reason we didn't chose them was the size of our group: www.fatcatsail.com/â€Ž & http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g153510-d1185301-Reviews-FatCat_Ocean_Adventures-Puerto_Aventuras_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Paradise Catamarans gets great reviews too, but they were booked when I contacted them two months in advance, so I didn't get any price quotes at all. Their max capacity is 50 people: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g153510-d815084-Reviews-Paradise_Catamarans-Puerto_Aventuras_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
I believe all of these companies sail from Puerto Aventuras, which is 15 mins south of Playa Del Carmen. The catamaran companies will all be able to provide shuttles for your group and the price depends on where you are coming from. Let me know if you have any other questions, although if you contact these three companies I'm sure you will find all the information you need though them. Happy sailing!