The shore excursions are usually up on the websites about two months before the cruise.
If there's something you really want to do book them as soon as they come up! Just check every day to see if they're available yet. Sometimes they're put up a few at a time, other times they put everything up at once.
Have a great cruise!
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Carnival Magic 2015 Coral Princess 2015
We've never pre-booked and never had a problem with getting to do the tours we want. Plus, if it is booked, there are almost always tour companies at the Pier or neaby that offer the same tours for much cheaper than what the cruise lines charge you.
If you choose to book a ships tour, i would book it as soon as it comes available, the very popular tours tend to sell out.
If you book independant you can reserve it at anytime you want, we usually pre-book our independant tours right after we make our final payment- which is usually 90 days prior to sailing.
We pre-booked some of our independent excursions at the end of August for our upcoming April cruise. Once we decided what we wanted to do, we booked. Sometimes excursions DO fill up.
Have fun planning!
Mariner of the Seas 3/30/08
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
I start booking the ones I'm taking through the ship as soon as I've booked my cruise and they become available. I try to book one a month to spread the cost out, that way it doesn't seem to pinch the pocketbook as much. For our September cruise, I just booked it. I'll book the two excursions we're planning to do through the ship, one this month and one next.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03