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Latigo March 15th, 2009 02:15 PM

Do you really need to book ahead?
 
Is it easy to find tours onshore or is it best to book ahead? I'd like to
do the Martha Brae tour in Ocho Rios, and the Rum Point tour in GC
The only tour I see for Rum point has a booking minimum of 6 people.
Thanks

Phil&Liz March 15th, 2009 04:21 PM

Re: Do you really need to book ahead?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Latigo
Is it easy to find tours onshore or is it best to book ahead?

The short answer to your questions is yes and yes.

Many popular tours sell out very quickly.

Booking with the cruiseline assures you some safety and virtually guarantees you a refund if it gets canceled. If you book independantly you take your chances, with your safety on the tour , with getting back to the ship on time, and with getting a refund.

The tour sellers you find off the ship may very likely be cheaper, and sometimes better than the ships tour, but you are on your own with them.

Phil & Liz

Latigo March 15th, 2009 06:49 PM

Re: Do you really need to book ahead?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil&Liz
Quote:

Originally Posted by Latigo
Is it easy to find tours onshore or is it best to book ahead?

The short answer to your questions is yes and yes.

Many popular tours sell out very quickly.

Booking with the cruiseline assures you some safety and virtually guarantees you a refund if it gets canceled. If you book independantly you take your chances, with your safety on the tour , with getting back to the ship on time, and with getting a refund.

The tour sellers you find off the ship may very likely be cheaper, and sometimes better than the ships tour, but you are on your own with them.

Phil & Liz

Thanks. I took your advice and booked through Carnival. Appreciate your response.


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