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Old April 26th, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Default Cost of shore excursions vs. pre/post cruise tours

HAL offers a three day trip to Machu Picchu from Lima Peru as a pre or post cruise tour, or as a shore excursion during a three day stop in Lima. The shore excursion costs about twice as much as the pre/post tour, ($3199 vs. $1649) and has about the same itinerary, according to HAL's brochures. Is this kind of price gouging of the round trip passenger typical of the cruise business? I know they mark up the shore excursions a lot, but yikes!
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Here is my take on your question. The cruise line may or may not be using the same company for the tours. You may be staying in different hotels, and bottom line is, while your on the ship the cruise line has a captive audience. They know your are there for a limited time so they can jack up the price. Hope this helps.
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I have never been to Peru, but I am guessing it is also other factors such as proximity to the ship vs. the city of Lima, etc. I think they make a pretty consistent profit on every tour, and don't do price gouging just because it is a ship shore tour vs a pre-cruise.

If anything, I have always thought cruise line pre/post tours were expensive usually because they us the top tier hotels in every city.

In Rome the pre-cruise hotel was a $600/night Marriot. We stayed a few blocks away for$150/night.
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