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BC Oracle Cruise Tournaments

BC management is offering-up One Thousand dollars ($1,000) in cash prizes during the BC cruise!


BC $1,000 Tournament

The BC cruise will include many fun activities, designed especially for Oracle DBA consultants.  BC will offer the following on-ship activities with $1,000 in cash prizes:

  • Trivial Pursuit Tournament (Ship Game room) - Each team can win up to $300 in a fast-paced team-play of Trivial Pursuit.

  • Google Scavenger Hunt (Ship Internet Café) – Test your Google skills and win cash!  Teams will use Google and MOSC to research and solve tough Oracle problems.

  • Spades Tournament (Ship Game room) – Teams will compete in Spades to win up to $300 cash.

We appreciate everyone's suggestions, but we had to reject the following tournament ideas:

  • Drinking Tournament - One shot at a time, last person standing wins.

  • Hurling tournament - We visit a native Jamaican restaurant.  Last person to keep-it-down wins.

  • Boorish Tourist Tournament - Each contestant is given an in-port challenge.  For example, a contestant might approach a street corner vendor and ask 10 annoying questions about the content of their food (does it contain MSG?  Where was the fruit grown?)

Other Oracle cruise activities

Carnival has a wide range of shipboard and in-port activities, some of them being quite profitable.  BC recommends the following cruise activities.

  • Black Jack Tournament - Don Burleson won the $500 prize last year, beating-out over 50 contestants.

  • Bingo - On the Oracle Cruise (Mexican Riviera) Janet Burleson won more than $4,500.

Shore Excursions

Many of the most popular in-port ship activities fill quickly, so you may need to book them as soon as you check-in on Sunday:

Favorite Shore Excursions:

Atlantis Submarine (Grand Cayman (Thursday) & Cozumel (Tuesday))

Atlantis Submarine
Atlantis Submarine
Experience the thrill of journeying beneath the sea in the Atlantis XI Submarine, specifically designed for underwater sightseeing excursions.

On this very unique excursion you will:

  • Begin at the Atlantis Dock, located next to the cruise ship in the heart Georgetown.
  • Board the spacious, air-conditioned cabin maintained at sea level pressure (no effect on the ears).
  • Have panoramic, breathtaking underwater vistas revealed to you by your highly skilled pilot.
  • Be entertained as your guide provides informative narration.
  • See huge barrel sponges, star corals, colorful snapper, grouper, stingray and turtles pass by your large view-port.
  • Have ample time for both shopping and sightseeing. Note: Minimum age is 4 years old and minimum height is 3 feet.

Ultimate Undersea Adventure: Grand Cayman (Thursday)

The Ultimate Undersea Adventure
The Ultimate Undersea Adventure
Nautilus, the world’s largest, most luxurious Semi-submarine, will give you unobstructed views of the marine world, as you travel in dry, air-conditioned comfort.

On this amazing excursion you will:

  • Relax and enjoy the spacious observatory as your experienced marine guide narrates the trip.
  • Visit cheeseburger reef where a diver will hand feed the fish.
  • Watch the vibrant colors of brilliant living coral come to life.
  • Spend some time in beautiful Georgetown for shopping or return to your ship.

Power Snorkel: (Note 230 lb. weight max - Anybody that thin?)

Atlantis Power Snorkel
Atlantis Power Snorkel
Explore the beauty of a spectacular coral reef on a unique and exciting snorkel experience.

On this excursion you will:

  • Take a short bus ride to Casuarina Point.
  • Participate in a safety and equipment orientation.
  • Paddle an ocean kayak as your guide points out underwater features of interest.
  • Explore colorful coral canyons and underwater grottos teaming with tropical fish, using a special underwater handheld power unit.
  • Return to shore where the power units are recovered.
  • Snorkel along the rocky shoreline, swim in the ocean or pool, sunbathe or relax on a beach chair.
  • Shop for a souvenir or snack in the large gift shop.
  • Take a short bus ride along the harbor front of Georgetown back to the pier.

Note: Minimum age is 12 years. Maximum weight is 230 lbs. Participants must be comfortable swimming in water over their head and in good physical condition. It is recommended that guests wear swimsuits under clothing. Showers, restrooms, and lockers are available.

Intro Scuba:  Grand Cayman (Thursday) & Cozumel (Tuesday)

Beginner's Scuba Diving
Beginner's Scuba Diving
You don’t need certification for this incredible scuba diving adventure.

On this excursion you will:

  • Join PADI certified dive instructors for a 30-minute instructional orientation.
  • Test your skills and gain some confidence in shallow water.
  • Once you’re ready, be taken up to 20 feet below the surface.
  • Encounter schooling fish and brilliant coral formations indigenous to the Mayan Caribbean.

Note: Minimum age for participation is 10 years. Guests must complete and pass a medical questionnaire/waiver in order to participate.

The use of underwater cameras is prohibited on this excursion.

Bob Marley Bus Adventure:   Ocho Rios

Bob Marley Bus Adventure
Bob Marley Bus Adventure
Climb aboard the Zion Bus Line’s authentic Jamaican Country bus and head into the hills on a unique adventure in search of the birthplace of Reggae and the spirit of Bob Marley.

On this fascinating excursion you will:

  • Board the authentic hand painted Bob Marley bus with its state of the art sound system.
  • Listen to Bob Marley’s hits as your dreadlocked driver takes you into the hills, up winding country roads to the historic town of “Nine Mile.”
  • Tour scenic St. Ann as your “Ductor” (guide) tells tales of the life and times of a young Bob Marley.
  • Visit the “Graceland of Reggae” and see the people of Nine Mile still living the true Rastafarian lifestyle.
  • Return via Higgin Town & St. Ann Bay.
  • Stop at the local Jerk Center for an authentic Jamaican lunch of jerk chicken, pork, rice & peas.
  • Have the option of being dropped off for shopping at Island Village.

Note: This excursion is for adults only and you must be over the age of 18 in order to participate. Snacks & refreshments will be served at each scheduled stop.






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