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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:51 PM
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My wife and I are taking our first cruise on the Island Princess in October '08. One thing that we are trying to do is budget for our trip, especially all the extra on-board costs and the cost of the Princess-sponsored excursions in each port we visit.

However, I have not seen anything on these boards about how we can find out how much the various excursions cost. Is there anywhere that I can find the costs of the various excursions? The multi dollar signs on the Princess website are adequate for my purposes.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks to all in advance.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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Hi there, if you go to http://www.princess.com/learn/shorex/index.jsp you will be able to put in the region that your cruise takes in, then below that the actual islands/ports of call.
By entering each of those you will get a list of all excursions offered, along with details (click '> more information' for full details), & the Dollar costs.

Not all of the tours will be offered by each ship, and obviously the prices may fluctuate due to exchange rates, overheads, inflation etc. but it's a good start.

Hope this helps,

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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:10 PM
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We have been on many cruises
So depending on where in world you visit, shore trips costs very
We have been on $250.00p/p helicopter rides and $50.00 tours
We plan on $100.00 per day per person as a average
Should come out lower even with tips, but better to be safe than out of money
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Old January 10th, 2008, 11:55 AM
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Just got back from Coral Princess panama canal cruise .

Our tips are as follows
1. Ship tours expensive however reccomend using them for Columbia and Jamacia for safety reasons. Old city walking tour at cartenga was well worth the money. Booked independant tour with charlie at
http://www.okeydokeytours.com/ Great day zip lining through the rain forest. Visited Bonita Beach afterwards ok but think the canal trip might have been better. $75pp ( ship wanted $99 pp) Avoid eating seafood in beach restaurants.
Aruba - you can walk into town easily or catch a taxi to the beach.
2. Tipping - ask passenger services desk to remove automatic charge if you want to do it yourself.
3. Be aware that ship tends to give you the hard sell with everything from cocktails to bottles of water - soemtimes spils the atmosphere

Hopeyou ahve a fab time.......panama canal is a sight to remember!
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Old January 19th, 2008, 12:37 PM
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We were on the Coral - partial canal transit - in 02/07.

Not sure if your itinerary is the same, but we did the following Princess Shore excursions:

Cozumel: Mexican Cuisine Cooking & Tasting $89 per person
10:30-3:30 - great day if you are a "foodie", great meal, also had the use of the beach facilities and open bar. We thought it was a great value.

Grand Cayman: Island Highlites & Stingray City 1:15-4:15, $76 per person - unfortunately, stingray city portion of the tour was cancelled, but we made a stop at the Tortuga rum factory and the turtle farm.

It's always an option to review the destination boards on the various cruise boards for good tips on booking tours independently.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:58 PM
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shore excursions are easily $50-120 per person depending on the type and length.
Cruising is not cheap, the initial room/port/flight is only part of it.
You can get excursions on shore for less money than on the ship or you can book in advance on line with private companies with tours.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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Default Princess Excursion rates and private excursions

for comparison, a great source is Caribbean Shore Tours you can get an idea of independent tours and rates for many ports
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Old January 28th, 2008, 05:48 PM
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at the tour desk on the ship ask them for the flyer on self tours
Yes indeed, a whole page with info on each port of how to get around and so it for less.....
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