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Hello, has anyone done capri on their own. We want to take the hydrafoil and spend a few hours. This is our first cruise and we are a little intimidated starting out on our own. Any help with this would be super!! Thanks so much, soooo excited!!
Well, it's certainly possible to take a ferry (either conventional or hydrofoil) to Capri and Back on your own. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend taking the ship's full day shore excursion to Capri instead for two major reasons.
(1.) The ship's tour also visits the town of Anacapri, which has several great attractions. It's rather rather difficult to get to Anacapri and back on your own.
(2.) If you go on your own and you can't get on the hydrofoil coming back, the ship will not wait for you. Rather, you will have to pay the cost of transportation to the ship's next port of call and hotels and meals until you rejoin the ship. If you go on the ship's tour, the tour will have prereserved space aboard one ferry or another so missing the return will not be a problem. Also, if something does foul up on the tour's return, the ship will make alternate arrangements to get passengers on the tour back aboard or, if necessary, will arrange accommodations and transportation to rejoin the ship at no cost to the affected passengers.
Note that the second reason applies more generally to any
situation in which you are going a significant distance from your port of call.
But if you must go to Capri on your own, be sure that you have reserved space on a ferry that's scheduled return to Naples with plenty of cushion (at least an hour) for possible delays. Missing the ship would be quite costly.