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Old June 13th, 2008, 05:17 PM
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I was wondering if people recommend booking all of your excursions online ahead of time? Or can I just wing it when I get off the boat, and still find something fun to do?
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I think its best if you should find an excursion that you really want to do, to pre-book it before the cruise. Depending on the port, some fill up quickly. Its very easy to do online or even go with an independent tour director. There are however, some ports where its wise to just book with the cruiseline because of time restrictions.
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Thanks Donna!
My boyfriend is 300+ and a lot of the excursions have weight limits. Do you think I can still book one of those excursions and see how flexible they are? Or just keep it to what I know we can do for sure?
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I guess u could check with the cruiseline prior to booking. or pehaps when you get onboard, go to the shore excursion desk and ask them if there will be a problem booking a certain excustion that has weight restrictions. Good Luck..

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Thanks for your advice. I'm new to the site and just discovered I should have posted this in the excursion section. Thanks for being nice to the newbie.
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Contrary to popular belief, you are not required to do any excursions. There are interesting, and cheap (if not free) things to do in all three ports. In San Diego, the ship docks right next to the Coronado ferry and the USS Midway. We've walked to Balboa Park, which is about one and a half miles from the dock. That might be too strenuous for your boyfriend. You can take the Tijuana trolly (light rail) from the end of the pier, which allows you to ride all the way to the Mexican border and back. It probably takes about one hour each way, if I remember correctly.

At Ensenada you can walk into the city and just look around, or shop. There is a winery (no vines, just where they bottle and offer tasting) less than a half mile from the dock.

At Catalina, you disembark via the tenders. you can rent a golf cart, and just cruise around the town, and then up to the Wrigley Memorial and botanical gardens. Very nice view from the memorial. The museum at the casino is very interesting. It's a short walk from the dock.
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Any weight restrictions are for safety reasons, I'd stick with those for sure and I would think the tour operator would as well. There are plenty of good excursions and things to do.
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