(Closed) Cruise Excursions

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our honeymoon we are doing a cruise from NYC up to Canada and back and we hope to do some excursions too.  I have heard some horror stories of people trying to book through somewhere other than the ship and they get screwed.  Plus, if you book through the ship then things can be a little more organized and stuff.  A bee recently posted about cruising, like maybe a week or so ago, but I can’t remember which one.  It was about cruising and there were some great tips 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing a mediterranean cruise too. From what I read, the european ports are actually pretty far away from the cities/tour destinations. I would just be afraid of being at the mercy of some taxi driver or something and getting stuck an hour from the port and missing the boat. At least with the cruise-run excursions, if something happens they’ll hold the boat until the group gets back.

We’re only doing excursions through the ship (royal caribbean). I just don’t feel like dealing with the hassle & risk of doing it ourselves.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I found that the cruise provides pricey but great off seas excursions. To attempt to find rides and things to do on your own can get very frusterating..trust me i know. I would suggest throwing down the money to go on a couple on shore excursion packages, you’ll be glad you did. Also, it’s very easy to book them while your on the cruise get down to the booking counter on the 1st day b/c they fill fast but you’ll get in!!!

 

I’ve been on 8 cruises with Carnival, Norweigan and Big Red Boat.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

When we went on an Alaskan cruise, we booked our excursions ahead of time through Expedia.  The experience was great…I had no problems whatsoever.  Plus, I paid a lot less than the people who booked the same excursions through the cruise line. 

It’s really not extra work.  Look at the excursions online and see which ones you want to do.  After you purchase you will get all the instructions you need (usually something like “bring this printout and meet us at the dock at this time”).  I’m not sure how it works differently for your cruise, but transportation was always provided to and from our excursion location.  So you basically meet with a tour guide by the place your ship has docked, and they will take care of everything from there.  These people know you have no idea how to get around or where you are in the area…they make it easy for you.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

We usually recommend that you pre-book your excursions. It’s not uncommon to get on the ship, wait in line forever, only to learn that they’ve been sold out.

You can contact our Director of Fun & Excursions to book excursions in each port before you go. Or we have a link on our site if you’re a DIY kind of bride and want to handle it on your own. Just use the button that says ” Shore Trips”.

You can book some things upon arrival, but if you pre-book you’ll know that you’re working with a reputable vendor and you won’t have to worry about exchange rates. It’s also a good idea to make sure your travel insurance covers you while you’re doing excursions. Often times, the cruise insurance won’t cover you should you break something while zip-lining.

Have a great trip!

Post # 8
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Wannabee

You really dont have to go on an excursion in every port. Sometimes it is easy to walk around and a lot cheaper. The excursions offered by the ship are usually expensive. If you happen to be stopping in Rome, I would suggest VisitRomaTours.com . They are a local company and their tour is 59 Euros. I would suggest pre-booking if you are going on the ship excursions. Ususally the cheaper ones or the really fun ones get booked up pretty quickly. Have Fun!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fi and I took a Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Jewel (left from Barcelona and went to Italy & France). We didn’t think twice about booking our excursions through Norwegian.  Yes, they are pricey, but they were worth every penny. 

 Not sure if yours is the same itinerary as ours, but since most of them are similliar, here is some info on our trip:

The ports are very far from the actual cities.  We went to Rome, and the closest port was Civitavecchia–it was close to a 2 hour ride.  We went to Florence, and the port was Livorno, which was like 1.5 hours to Florence.  For these two cities a tour is a must do, first of all because the ports are just ports–nothing to do around them.  If you tour on your own,  you will get stuck paying ridiculous amounts of money on a cab ride because you would not chance a bus or public transportation when you are on a tight schedule (I heard horror stories on the costs of cab rides from other guests).

Naples is a port itself, so if you want to save money on that day its easy that day you can just spend the day walking around and eating yummy Pizza.  We took an early trip to Pompeii, which was 2 hours if not more, and then came back in time to grab some pizza in Naples before we had to get back on the ship. 

We also went to Messina, and took a 1.5 hour trip to Taormina.  The port of Messina has nothing to do, it’s industrial.  So the trip to Taormina was worth it, we spent that tour doing some sightseeing and then the rest of that day was on a beach called ‘Naxos’ (black volcanic sand, very cool).

We went to Villefranche-Sur-Mer and there is no need to spend money on a tour because you can walk right up to the very inexpensive train and arrive in Nice, Cannes, Montercarlo in a matter of minutes.  Or you can just stay in the quaint town of Villefrance (charming cafes, calm beach etc).

Keep in mind that the best about booking your tour through the shipping line is the comfort of an air conditioned bus or van and then knowing that if you get stuck in traffic etc. the ship won’t leave until you get there.  If you are on your own the ship doesn’t wait!

I suggest you do research on the ports of call and find out how far they are from the actual cities and then decide if you think its worth paying the cost of a tour/excursion.

If you are going to any of these destinations and want more info on which tours we took, you can PM me.

Enjoy!

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