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Old July 16th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Good morning all!

Well, in two weeks we shall be sailing away. I have booked 2 of our 3 excursions and wanted to wait to book the third excursion while on the ship. However, I was just wondering if it is ok to wait. Do the excursions normally sell out or should we be good if we waited to book the third excurions until we got on the ship? I know what it is I wanted and could probably book the first evening or morning that we are there.

Thanks for the information as well as all of the help I have received so far. I can't wait! Just 2 more weeks to go!!!!
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Old July 16th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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Hi izards,

You should be okay if you go to the shore excursion desk quickly. They usually hold some spaces open for people who can't book online.

Have a wonderful cruise!
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Depending on the ship your sailing on, you maybe able to book them in your cabin from your TV.

The wife and i usually book all of ours from our cabin that first day on the ship. We've always got what we ordered.


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It really depends on the excursion itself. If you want to go on one of the more popular excursions (like Dolphin encounter or other popular ones), I'd book it before you leave for the cruise. However, if you think it won't be the end of the world if you don't get tix for that excursion, then you can gamble and book on the cruise.

Also, you might be more limited with the time slot options if you wait to book while on the cruise. Certain excursions will have multiple start times to choose from... but as they sell out people will be limited to the remaining time slots.

We booked the ones we really wanted to do ahead of time... then for the ports where we were uncertain about the excursions and figured there would be something else to do if everything sold out, we just waited until we got to the ship.

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We just got back from Carnival Glory on the 15. On our ship, we were able to book excursions through the TV, or we could visit the desk to book them there. If you go up to the desk, you can talk to people about your options, what the excursions are like, etc. However, there are some times (depending on the time and day) that a long line does form at the desk. If you want to book on board, especially if you want to go to the excursion desk, I'd advise doing this as soon as you can. This way, in addition to (hopefully) avoiding the lines, you will have a better chance at booking before the excursion is sold out. Our cruise was an Eastern Caribbean one, and the almost all of the diving excursions ended up being sold out. Good luck, and have a great trip!!
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Thanks for the info! It was very helpful. In order to just be safe, I think I am going to book the third excursion tonight. I've been buying and paying off one at a time, but I thought I would save this one for last because it was most expensive. However, it is also the one that the kids chose, so I would HATE for us to miss that one. I was just getting lazy and figured I would be ok....which I'm sure I will be. but..........

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I would book in advance to be on the safe side. I booked some ahead of time on the internet and some from my ships tv. You should have the tickets for the excursions in your mail box outside your door the next day if you book from the tv. I didn't book the Everglades excursion and got stuck waiting 5 hours in the over crowded airport, not good!

So better safe then sorry unless it's a port you can take a taxi to the place your interested in, in which case sometimes you have a lot more time to see things at your own pace then with an excursion. Case in point the Fort in San Juan.
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Have a great trip! Enjoy your cruise and your excursions!!
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How far in advance can you book excursions?

I was told 180 days... but the web site at Carnival isn't letting me do it yet? ( I'm at day 160 or so for my Jan 06 2007 cruise)

Help ( I got use to Disney World letting you plan all your dinners 180 days out and now I'm wondering if Carnival is a little less crazy?)...or is it me?
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