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Old July 7th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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Default Are the best excursions booked in Port or Onboard the Ship ?

............My wife & I are Cruising shortly & will be in the Ports of GRAND TURKS, SAN JUAN, ST. THOMAS & BERMUDA..........Are the best excursions available by booking on our Ship or can we wait until we are in Port to book our excursions ?? What are the best excursions to book ??? Are they best booked on our ship ( CROWN PRINCESS ) or in Port ??? If so...where in Port ????
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Old July 7th, 2006, 04:32 PM
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Lots of folks prefer to go on their own, but most find it is far easier to book the excursions through the cruise line either on board or before you sail. Go to the princess website to check out how to do it. But first, be sure to read the brochure they send you describing the various excursions.

It is fairly easy to book your own in the Carri bean but harder in more exotic locations.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 10:30 PM
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If I book a shore excursion, it is always thru the cruise line. I am a woman and cruise often with only my grandson and do not want to take a chance booking with an outside vendor. When I book thru the cruise line, I am assured that the ship will wait for us if we are held up for any reason. The vendors that the cruise lines use have been scrutinized by the cruise line and given a stamp of approval. There are web sites for every port that I have been to with lots of information on tour vendors, etc. When I am visiting a new port, I go to my local book store and peruse a Frommers guide for that specific area. I would not suggest walking off the ship and booking a tour with someone waving a sign on the dock. Fellow cruisers will have plenty of information for you should you decide to book with a local tour company.
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