Having A Great Experience on Land as Well as at Sea
If you are traveling to see the world, experience the people, culture and history of the places you visit, then staying on ship, going to a local beach or the nearest shopping district will not give you the flavor of the location where you are docked. So, if you are not any of the previous mindsets, what reason do you have for not booking at least a few excursions on your cruise? The answer is usually the cost.
Every port of call will have numerous options for tours and activities, from inexpensive to custom, from cruise line approved to local authority approved. Asking your travel professional for his or her guidance to all the options is the place to start. Choose a couple of excursions that you really wish to do as, after all, you may never be this way again. Some of these excursions your travel professional may have already experienced or had feedback on them from other clients. This way you can feel more comfortable in your choice. Reserve your excursions, sit back and relax, knowing your cruise will be as extra special on land as well as at sea. Congratulate your self as well for not being “penny-wise and pound-foolish”.
Two things you should not do with regard to excursions is 1) wait until you are on board to book a ship’s excursion as the most popular ones will sell out before the ship even sails; and 2) wait until you are ashore and hiring that nice fellow with the wide grin and the sign. Chances are his tour is okay but traveling with well-established tour companies recommended by your travel agency is much safer. It used to be that one was told to book only the cruise line excursions to ensure you would be back before the ship sailed but these days, any reputable tour company will be cognisant of your time constraints if you are when the tour is booked. In other words, don’t book on a five-hour tour if you are only in port six hours. Again, your travel professional is invaluable.