(Closed) Southern Caribbean cruise questions…been on one?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most places you port you can find the same things as the ships shore excursions for less – you just have to hunt around.  The one plus of going through the ship though is that the ship will wait for you if you’re late getting back for some reason.  Something booked on your own through an outside vendor gives you no such guarentee.

I’d say get online, find some outside vendors for the things you like and look at the difference (it usually isn’t a lot).  You may find that the differences really won’t save you much and it is worth it to just book through the boat and have the guarentees that go with that.

FYI – my Fiance and I are doing an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon and have booked two excursions through the ship and will have one through an outside vendor – so I’m not opposed to either option!

Post # 4
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Those are some beautiful ports, you will have a great time! I wouldn’t recommend vendors not associated with the cruiseline for the reason mentioned above and that they are usually recommended and trusted for a reason. What you can always do too, to save $, is taxi to a close by recommended beach and rent snorkel gear from the ship.

Post # 5
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just a warning: If you don’t do shore excursions through the cruise lines, those other excursion places have no contract with the cruise company guaranteeing you will be back on the boat when it sails. The excursions companies affiliated with the cruise lines have contracts to make their excursion more fun and with a guaranteed “will be on boat” clause.

My friends learned this the hard way when they went diving through an outside company. They left in the morning, did their dives, but then some of the guests on the boat wanted to do some fishing (so they paid the captain extra). They just stayed out on the boat all day and when it finally pulled back into shore they were a half hour late and their cruise ship had already left. It cost them $1800 to hop a plan and catch the boat at the next harbor. They joke that it was the most expensive dive excursion they ever had.

I wouldn’t dive with anyone outside the cruise line, but they are also held to higher standards when it come to equipment and such. Town tours would probably be fine.

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