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Old 01-31-2008, 02:48 PM
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Hi everyone, have enjoyed reading this forum; getting great tips and information.

We are a family of four - mom, dad, two sons - 19 & 17yrs -- virgin cruise Dec 14, 2008 on the Mariner; lots of time for anticipation!

We were wondering if it is worth purchasing & bringing our own snorkel gear?
We will port @ Labadee, Ocho Rios, Georgetown, Cozumel.
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Hi everyone, have enjoyed reading this forum; getting great tips and information.

We are a family of four - mom, dad, two sons - 19 & 17yrs -- virgin cruise Dec 14, 2008 on the Mariner; lots of time for anticipation!

We were wondering if it is worth purchasing & bringing our own snorkel gear?
We will port @ Labadee, Ocho Rios, Georgetown, Cozumel.
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Having your own gear is a good thing because you know that it fits you. The people on the snnorkel excursions just have mostly one size masks & cheap fins and snorkels. We always take our own gear. At least I know that the snorkel has only been in MY mouth! Good luck & have fun!
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Used tour vendor snorkels for years. Last year we got our own and are not sorry we spend the money! Everything is so much nicer and we bought low end to mid stuff as we only use it a couple times a year. No time spent adjusting anything, no wondering about whose mouth it is has been in.
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Thanks Allygirl & spoheat! mmmm.... the mouth piece stuff kinda grosses me out when I think about it. Costco has a gear package out; may try them.
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Thumper, make sure that the mask fits you well. There's nothing like a little salt-water in your eye! Put the mask up to your face & breath in through your nose. The mask should stick to your face without the strap. If it doesn't, try another mask. I suggest you go to a dive shop but that is up to you. Just remember you get what you pay for.
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Thanks Allygirl & spoheat! mmmm.... the mouth piece stuff kinda grosses me out when I think about it. Costco has a gear package out; may try them.


The Costco set is nicer than the rentals. It's a good deal.
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If you have the space to pack four sets of snorkels and masks, bringing your own is much preferable - but only if you get a mask that is fitted. Buying a mask in one of those plastic encased packages that does not allow you to try it on before purchase is no better than taking a mask from the vendor.

No need to bring your own fins. For the amount of time you will spend in the water, the vendor's fins will do just fine.
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Got our masks and snorkels new in the packaging off e-bay. Good deal and nice quality. Masks fit amazing compared to what we got used to wearing the vendor's offerings on tours.
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If you purchase your own mask and mouth piece, can you just rent the fins from the vendor?
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