Is it better to book through the cruise line or on your own? We are two people and would like to hook up with a few others for some private tours. We want to see as much of the sites that we can but we also want to be able to have time for shopping. How do we go about this? I assume it will be less expensive to do this. Any info will be appreciated.
The best thing about cruising in most of Europe is that you can do it on your own. I did a tremendous amount of research before hand and it paid off. We were docked ( actually tendered) in Sorrento. The shore excursion along the Almalfi coast would have cost the 3 of us almost $500. We did it for about $100, by taking a taxi and a public bus. It was the highlight of our trip.
Taxi drivers are always happy to work out something with you and I have yet to be burnt by one.
In case your cruise is going to malta, you are in for a real treat in terms of shopping. It is a glass blower's paradise.
Feel free to contact meif you want ideas about what you can do on your own.
We did the Med last summer on the Galaxy. We had pre-booked private excursions via the internet. We got a group of people together from the message boards/forums for the port excursions. I figured we saved $875 per couple by booking our own tours - AND we did see more that what we would have seen through the ship's tours.
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