Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Shore excursions
While sailing on a quality cruise line provides a wonderful onboard experience, shore excursions add a welcome interruption and a chance to explore new places. At every port, the cruise line will offer you the opportunity to take one of several excursions.
Research the shore excursions that are offered as far in advance as possible.
Some travelers prefer to arrange their own tours through their travel agent and arrange to be picked-up at the boat and transported by a local guide.
Other travelers arrange a rental car and take off on their own itinerary.
If you self-tour or tour with a guide, you need to judge your time carefully because the ship will not wait for you if you are not on-board by departure time.
In most cases, departure will be delayed if you are on a cruise line sponsored tour, but, even then, the ship may depart without you. In this case, the cruise line will bear the cost of getting you back on the cruise, something that will not happen if you are delayed on a non-cruise line tour.
Excursions are relatively expensive if you are traveling with a companion.
Our advice is to do the research and find out which destinations warrant tours. Touring day after day can be tiring so be sure that you expend the time and expense on something that you really want to see. In addition, a morning or afternoon of walking and shopping in the local port can be a great experience.