Accurate Descriptions for Excursions?

Emerald Pool and Trafalger Falls in Dominica was awesome.  However, the "hike" to get to it was severely misstated.  It was listed as "moderate" but was way more strenuous in everyone's opinion. Worth it but several people had to turn back...Do you find most excursions are rated accurately?  

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I took the tram up Flaff mountain in St. Thomas. It was easy like the rating stated. Happy

Those that I have encountered seemed to be rated and described well. Possibly this was just a one off occurrence?

I do recall one that was properly described but the side affects were not ..... It was a tastes of excursion on Grand Cayman that started at 9 am. First taste was the rum cake factory for cake and flavoured rum tasting and then was a rum distillery where we had to have full samples of all 9 rums that they made followed by a tour to the island brewery for unlimited sampling of the 6 local brews they made. Needless to say we were poured off the tour bus in the downtown by the port at 11:30 am wobbling like it was 11:30 pm instead. The tour was very well described ... just the affects were left out Yummy

What is "Moderate" to a 20 something is heavy for a senior. I always take my age and physical condition into consideration when looking at excursions.

My kind of tour there! LOL

I haven't had any problems with any past excursions. However, if you ask my mom about weather she should have been told that butterflies would be flying free all around her in the butterfly pavilion we last went are bugs to her.

Usually I find them to be pretty accurate. If in doubt ask at the excursion desk. We once went on a boat ride in a rain forest that because of the heavy rains we could not get closed enough to the water fall. We had to exit the boat and walk along a slippery cliff with little more than a rope on the outer edge. I was afraid that I would fall off many times. The ground was slick and treacherous, My camera got wet and stopped working. What a terrible experience it was for everyone involved.

We noticed some issues over the years.

Once, we decided to take a bike tour. The description included the terms "gently rolling hills" which was about our ability level. Come to find that the incline was about as far from gentle or rolling as you could get and the exertion triggered an asthma attack that almost required an emergency room visit.

At this point we consider these descriptions but the bottom line is caveat emptor for the reality you actually experience.

I think I may have to do this excursions!


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