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An Enjoyable Day on the Sea
There is a back story to how we ended up on Robinson's Catamaran on a random Wednesday during our holiday to Alcudia... But I will create a separate post on this as it's a long (and quite funny!) anecdote.
If you are in this part of our big wide world during the summer months, be sure to take a visit by sea. Majorca's coastline is really beautiful, and there are some hidden beaches that are only accessible by boat. We chose to do the Robinson's Catamaran half day excursion (10am - 2:30pm, 4.5hrs) through a recommendation from our TUI rep and it is by far the best day excursion of this type that I have ever been on.
Much like on all types of TUI excursions, the bus picked us up from our hotel and took us to the Port of Pollenca - which FYI is sooo much nicer than Alcudia, and quieter! I'll be honest our first impressions of the Catamaran itself was '...urm...it's not very luxe is it?!' but this is only because of our personal expectations.
The catamaran holds around 50 people, so less than the more commercial boat trips you can take but still a fair few people. Ticket prices for 2019 are 49EUR per person, includes lunch and a drink. I will go into more detail about this later in this post.
The Catamaran has three stops included; two snorkelling stops and a visit to another beach town. The snorkelling stops are around 30 minutes each and the staff distrubute snorkelling masks, flippers and floats so everyone can enjoy the sea time. The second snorkelling stop is at the secluded beach. Depending on how far away the boat can dock will depend on whether you can swim to it and back in the 30 minutes. We were too far out but it makes a pretty great picture from the catamaran!
The last stop at the beach town is pretty nice, there are some sweet souvenier shops and cutesy bars where you can grab a quick cuppa, go the loo (there is one on the catamaran but for toilet snobs like me, its a bit sketchy!) and take some pretty pics for the 'gram.
From here, you sail back (with actual sails, like the old days!) to Port Pollenca where your bus will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.
What's Included on The Robinson's Catamaran?
For your ticket price, you get your lunch and a drink. This is after the first snorkelling stop and before the second one. I was well impressed with the food on here as I wasn't expecting much. It is a buffet and includes chicken, pasta salad, rice salad, actual salad and watermelon. The sangria was passed around with a fruit juice alternative for the non-drinkers and kids. There was plenty to go around and you were able to go back for more if you wanted. This was lovely eating in the middle of the sea in the sun! Bliss.
As I mentioned earlier, the snorkelling gear is provided for you, but I would probably take your own if you have some, as you can be waiting a little while for people to sort themselves out and by the time you get there all the equipment may be taken. The snorkelling wasnt spectacular or anything but it was nice to see some fish and chill out in the med sea.
There is an on board bar. This is suprisingly cheap too! An example is we bought two bottles of water at the coatal town stop for 5EUR, on board they were only 1EUR each. So pretty good if you ask me. They also sell ice pops and packaged ice creams, beer, sangria and other soft drinks.
I almost forgot to mention! Before you board the catamaran, they have a photographer taking your photo. They later sell this to you as a souvenier, in a Robinson's branded sleeve. I think they charged us 10EUR, but it was worth buying to support the Robinson's if nothing else.
One of the biggest things I look for when going anywhere - resturants, cinema, holidays, whatever it may be - is the level of service. This is such a big thing for me, especially when you are spending your hard-earned cash on something, the least people could do is be nice. Well, you wont have to worry about the service on the Catamaran with Robinson's - all the staff were absolutely outstanding. There was one guy, I cant remeber his name, who also doubled up as the on-board entertainment. He made sure he went around everyone when we were sailing to say Hi and thanks for coming, and then whacked out his guitar and gave us all a show!! It was brilliant and really made the trip that bit different from any others I have been on. Absolutely credit to the staff, well done.
If you are ever in this part of the world, go and check Robinson's out. They do a few other excursions too with their most expensive one being the private catamaran, which is POA. The sunrise sail with dolphins is also right up my street!
I vlogged my day on the Robinson's Catamaran, you can check it out below, dont forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you feel you want to!