We were really looking forward to this but it was very disappointing on a few levels. We were told that sailing would be 3pm sharp (due to the tides) but we were left sitting on the boat for 50 minutes, without an explanation. Even when captain Ray finally boarded, nothing was said. Now please don't think that this means that Ray was shy, unassuming.... - no, as this guy really likes the sound of this own voice, which we experienced until we got back to shore at 6.40pm!!!Yes that was three and a half hours!!!
Now I do appreciate that information needs to be given on a tour such as this but Ray constant talking was very annoying. He did give some interesting facts but a lot of his information was totally incorrect (dates, population numbers, simple geographic facts...) He also bombarded us with useless information which was not needed al all.
I also appreciate that once in the close proximity of the seals, the spectators need to be clam, and quiet but Ray treated us all like we had no brain/common sense of our own - it was ridiculous. He droned on and on about how silent we all needed to be but then a member of the crew sand a song down the microphone! I felt so sorry for those seals...
Throughout the tour there was a also a recorded voice over being played so it was just too much.
We asked if we could buy some teas at one stage from the shop but were told that the free teas would be given out in an hour or so (!) The whole thing was regimented and controlled by a very self indulgent captain who I feel believes he should be on stage playing to a packed house!
We had dinner reservations for 7pm and luckily we were able to contact the restaurant to cancel and re book for 9pm - the restaurant informed us that this happens a lot when customers are on Sea Safari so be aware of this - three and a half hours!!
I do believe that the seals were happy enough to see us visiting, but I did feel a little jealous that they got to stay on the island where as we had to endure the return journey with Captain Ray going on and on and on........
I believe there is another company in Kenmare that do a similar trip, but an hour and half long (perfect amount of time) called Star Of Kenmare.
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