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Old June 26th, 2009, 01:07 PM
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Is it necessary to book shore excursion prior to your cruise? Do they really get booked up? Or can I just wait until I get on the ship to book?

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Old June 26th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Not necessary. Exception would be an I've got to do this [such as helicopteering to a glacier] limited to a few people
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Old June 26th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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I would suggest that anything you want to make sure you get to do you book ahead. I recently had an experience where we booked an excursion, found out it would be too strenuous for mom and dad so I deleted it and booked a different excursion. The replacement excursion I booked ended up getting canceled a week later and when I went back to re-book the original one for my dh and I it was all filled up...and there were 3 different times...all were full. So if it is something that you just have to do and the only way to do it is through the cruiseline...then you want to book ahead.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 03:02 PM
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Carnival's website shore excursion link will indicate whether each tour is limited, as in number of passengers. If you really want to do a particular one and it is limited, book it in advance. Some do sell out. Otherwise wait until you get on board. At least that's how we play it. But, only rarely is there one that we desperately want to do.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 04:54 PM
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I would recommend booking on line. We have found that some of the tour prices increase when you try to book later or even on board. Happy times!
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Old June 26th, 2009, 09:57 PM
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If there is something that you definitely want to do - book now! - Things do fill up (rare but it does happen)
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Old June 27th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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Book online before you leave. It's easy. Do not take any excursions from hawkers outside the dock. It can be dangerous. It's much safer to have an excursion booked thru Carnival. Have fun!
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Old July 6th, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Shore trips from the cruise lines are becoming more and more expensive. On a recent 38 day cruise the cost of shore trips far exceeded the cost of the cruise. Most people take the position that I probally won't be here again so lets splurge this one time. Taking a helicopter ride in Hawaii can cost you several hundred dollars if purchased from the cruise line. Booking your own helicopter, as we did, cut the price in half thus it was really affordable. We tried to do the same thing in South America where the cost was over $4000 for a Machu Picchu side trip. We found the same trip for under $2000 however with time restraint and the risk of missing the ship at the next port-- we had to forget that shore trip. If you will take the time you can probally find a better bargain on the internet for a particular shore trip than purchasing that trip from the cruise line. If you don't like the risk or want to take then tiem anad you feel it is a must shore trip then book before you get on board. Soem shore trips dod sell out and are not available on board while others never fill up. If you want to take a really expensive fabulous trip try to get some other travelers to go in with you. A helicopter ride is a good example. The cost really goes down when you share. A 100 mile auto ride to an ancient city at the next port might be as little as 25% of the price charged by the cruise line and you will have much greater flexibility in your own motor vehicle. Good luck!
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