(Closed) Are Cruise Excursions Worth It?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Did you do an excursion?
    Yes, and we loved it! : (11 votes)
    73 %
    Yes, and we wish we didn't. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    No, and we wish we did. : (0 votes)
    No, and we loved it! : (0 votes)
    Other- explain please! : (2 votes)
    13 %
    I haven't been on a cruise, but I love polls! : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    5969 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @missmorganista:  We’ve cruised  Alaska, the British Virgin Islands and the Mediterranian…and honestly, you get a little stir crazy stayin on the boat the whole time, I know it’s a big place, but the rooms aren’t and there’s only so much you can do, getting out and seeing the places you’re looking at from the deck…so much fun!

    Post # 4
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    46154 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @missmorganista:  Go to http://www.cruisecritic.com

     

    Find the forum for the area you are cruising. You will find lots of great tips for alternative providers. The Cruise Lines tend to have expensive excursions.

     

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I would do a mix. At the Anglophone ports, maybe you’d like to wander around yourself. Do some research. Read where the best snorkling is on your trip and do an excursion there if you like that kind of thing.

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @missmorganista:  It depends on where you’re going. When my family cruised to Mexico, we just paid for excursions in port. Like you, we liked to explore so in one town we hopped into an open-air golf-cart cab thing and the guy drove us all over town for $40 total. He took us to the open air market and waited while we shopped, to the cathedral, to different out of the way photo op type areas… it was a great way to get off the beaten path.

    Research the places you’ll be stopping. Sites like Virtual Tourist will give you more insider-information on particular ports and what’s available. Most cruise excursions are still available for purchase during the cruise, too. So if you decide you can’t do without something, you can still book it. 

    Post # 7
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    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    My FH and I went on a cruise last year (key west and the bahamas) and the excursions were definitely worth it! I was sceptical because I thought they were pricey, but I would do them again in a heart beat. We did a bar crawl tour in key west which was so much more fun that I thought it would be; and an underwater submarine tour thing in the bahamas that was paired with an island tour. We got the most amazing pictures and it was something I would never thought in a million years to do on my own! Amazing memories for sure.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We cruised the E. Caribbean, and did some private tours, one excursion through the ship, and one day of beach lounging. All were fabulous, to be honest. We had an absolute blast on the excursion though the ship, a catamaran ride to St. John for snorkeling. We booked a private tour on St. Maarten which was great, and not as expensive or crowded as the ship tours. We booked a private horseback tour on Grand Turk which was … ok. And on the bahamas stop we just lounged on the beach and rented snorkel equipment, and that was great, too!

    I suggest checking cruise critic for reviews on the islands, excursions, and private tours offered. I got a lot of great recommendations through the forums!

    Post # 9
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We try to book directly with the provider ahead of time. It’s way cheaper. The only drawback is usually transportation to/from and if it runs long the boat is leaving without you.

    Post # 11
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    241 posts
    Helper bee

    @julies1949:  i love cruise critic!! They let you know soo many other options other than excursions.

     

    OP sometimes I like doing the ship line’s excursions because I know I will make it back to the boat on time so they won’t leave me lol. But, you don’t have to necessarily do the ship’s excursions, but I would definately do atleast one through a private place. So worth it.. I just swam with the Sea Lions in the Bahamas!!

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