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Old March 25th, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Default Weekly Blog-Excursions Are A Profit Center, Not an Amenity

My Blog this week is about Shore Excursions as a profit center.
There's a bit about how their history and how profitable they are. Feel free to post your comments on the blog with your thoughts on Shore Excursions

http://www.cruisemates.com/blog/2009...ty-passengers/
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Old March 26th, 2009, 12:57 AM
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Hey the cruise lines might play me as a schmuck, but I've always booked through the ship. As a solo traveler I feel that accountability is working in my advantage. Accountability in that someone officially knows my whereabouts and accountability in that tour operators are subjected to some scrutiny before I get into their van.
I learned my lesson the hard way on land based destinations when I get into "Ahmed's " taxi. As luck would have it, "Ahmed" just happened to have brother "Mahmud" who owned a store which catered to Westerners. Then it was off to cousin "Ali" who sold something else.
Thankfully, I didn't get mugged....or worse. :evil:
Next month I have a tour to Chichen Itza booked and paid for. IMHO...$69 is a fair price for Carnival's tour.
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That tour is amazing. We did it 4 years ago. I wonder what kind of damage the Hurricaine did. Have fun and we always book through Carnival and not problems.
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Yeah I watched this thing last night on CNBC about cruises.
The cruise lines get a 40% cut off every excursion. This one couple booked an excursion through the ship and it was $38 a person. If they would've booked it on their own it would've only been $23 a person. The cruise ship got about $15 off each person for that excursion.
In my mind a 40% markup is a LOT. That's why I just don't do them period. I can venture off on my own and have more fun. Then I'm not with a group of people and don't look so much like a tourist.
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