Originally Posted by ediemarie
has anyone ever shelled out the money for any of hal's "signature excursions?" going to alaska next year with a small group and thought splitting the cost several ways might make the price worth it. "it" being from what i understand, choosing pretty much whatever you want to do and/or where ever you want to go with your own driver and vehicle.
Oh, I'm shelling ... believe me, I'm shelling.
Some of those Medallion excursions are pricey, but that's because they are pretty unique. Whether they are worth it or not, I don't know. I'll guess I'll have to see this coming September/October.
If you are traveling in a group, however, you are probably better off sharing a car with driver. The price would probably be pretty reasonable split several ways. Just be sure to inquire as to how many people the car will hold. I have a feeling the limit would be three (plus the driver). While you can probably stuff a fourth in the back, it would make for an uncomfortable ride as all the people in the back would be sitting practically on top of each other. I think you can also get a van that holds more people, so depending on how many folks in your group, that could be a good option.
I prefer to do other excursions, including some Medallion ones, despite their higher cost because I travel alone. I would probably not have anyone to split the cost with. Also, I feel safer being in a small group and knowing that if something goes wrong and the excursion is late getting back to the ship, the captain will either wait for me, or HAL will take responsibility for getting me to the next port.
True, shore excursions, especially the Signature private car rentals and the Medallion collection of tours, are quite expensive. But my feeling is that we don't get to these destinations that often, so we might as well see and do everything we want. In my case, I'm headed to Hawaii and the South Pacific in September, and due to work problems that have arisen in this past year, I doubt I will get back (especially to the South Pacific) for quite a few years. So, I'm not gonna be cheap about it. I want to make sure I see and do everything I want.
You should do the same.
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