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Old February 10th, 2006, 03:39 PM
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We're booked on Mariner of the Seas Western Caribbean for November 19, 2006. Since it's Thanksgiving Week, how early do we need to book shore excursions?
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Old February 10th, 2006, 08:52 PM
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Hi disneymomtwo,

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.

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Old February 22nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
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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.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 02:13 PM
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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.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 04:56 PM
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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.

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Hi there, yes, you want to book as early as possible, in some destinations it gets really crowded and tours sell out fast...better early for the best tours, cheers
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I know I was able to book our 10-28-06 Carnival cruise excursions a few weeks ago.
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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.
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