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Old October 6th, 2011, 04:21 PM
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Can anyone tell me how far out from date of cruise can you book shore excursions. We're doing a Med cruise next year and we want to make sure we get certain excursions.
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Can anyone tell me how far out from date of cruise can you book shore excursions. We're doing a Med cruise next year and we want to make sure we get certain excursions.
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That depends on the cruise line you are sailing with.
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We will be on Princess
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The "official" time is 90 days before you cruise, but often you can find shore excursions earlier. Just keep watching on the Princess web site.
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Davo, something we only discovered this year, and it may be that we'd just never noticed before but ....

Princess have fluid tour pricing. :o

We were interested in some of the tours in the Med on Grand this year, so had printed them out, 2 of them we subsequently booked on line, the third we delayed about, and Katrina suddenly noticed that the price of that 3rd one had gone up. About a week later it went up in price again,

We came to the conclusion that Princess may be adopting the same policy as many of the UK based airlines. The first 10 people book a price X, the next 20 get X +5%, then next 20 X + 15% or whatever.

So if you like the looks of any of the tours, the trick is to book them as soon as you can, as Princess still allow you to cancel without charge up to the day of on-board closing

Has anyone noticed this style of pricing on other cruise lines?

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Good to know! We also plan on booking a couple excursions on our trip to Alaska in Sept. I already know which ones we want, but can't book yet (too arly for flights as well... ). I read on another thread that using non-cruise tours are cheaper. Any idea if that is true? Thanks!!

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Davo, something we only discovered this year, and it may be that we'd just never noticed before but ....

Princess have fluid tour pricing. :o

We were interested in some of the tours in the Med on Grand this year, so had printed them out, 2 of them we subsequently booked on line, the third we delayed about, and Katrina suddenly noticed that the price of that 3rd one had gone up. About a week later it went up in price again,

We came to the conclusion that Princess may be adopting the same policy as many of the UK based airlines. The first 10 people book a price X, the next 20 get X +5%, then next 20 X + 15% or whatever.

So if you like the looks of any of the tours, the trick is to book them as soon as you can, as Princess still allow you to cancel without charge up to the day of on-board closing

Has anyone noticed this style of pricing on other cruise lines?

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I read on another thread that using non-cruise tours are cheaper. Any idea if that is true? Thanks!!
Hi there, good question, can you explain what you mean by non-cruise tours, are these tours organised if you staying in a hotel, or comparing onboard bookings to local bookings?

If you are talking hotels, then they usually hand out flyers for local companies who are running the tours regardless of numbers.
If you are talking coach tours around the country, then I guess that the driver & escort are already paid for as part of the package

But if you are talking onboard vs local, then here are some of the reasons.

1) Local tours may not have all the H&S certification and insurance that most cruise lines insist on.
2) If anything goes wrong, you have little comeback, especially if you have picked up the tour from one of the touts or taxis ashore
3) If you arrive back too late at the dockside, you may get some good shots of your ship as she sails off without you
4) If you book on a ship then you are paying several times, the Cruise line take their cut, they have to pay a local agent, who take their cut, and they in turn contract the job out to a local coach/travel company to hire the coach, driver, and guide/escort.

I'm sure that there are lots of other rea$on$, but those are the ones that come to my mind.

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I was asking about onboard vs local excursions. You answered my question, so thank you!
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Hi there, good question, can you explain what you mean by non-cruise tours, are these tours organised if you staying in a hotel, or comparing onboard bookings to local bookings?

If you are talking hotels, then they usually hand out flyers for local companies who are running the tours regardless of numbers.
If you are talking coach tours around the country, then I guess that the driver & escort are already paid for as part of the package

But if you are talking onboard vs local, then here are some of the reasons.

1) Local tours may not have all the H&S certification and insurance that most cruise lines insist on.
2) If anything goes wrong, you have little comeback, especially if you have picked up the tour from one of the touts or taxis ashore
3) If you arrive back too late at the dockside, you may get some good shots of your ship as she sails off without you
4) If you book on a ship then you are paying several times, the Cruise line take their cut, they have to pay a local agent, who take their cut, and they in turn contract the job out to a local coach/travel company to hire the coach, driver, and guide/escort.

I'm sure that there are lots of other rea$on$, but those are the ones that come to my mind.

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