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PumpkinPatches July 6th, 2010 01:31 AM

Mexican Riviera - Are excursions worth the $$?
My boyfriend and I are sailing to the Mexican Riviera cruise with HAL this September on a 12-night cruise :D

We're looking at excursions online, and they seem awful expensive!
I've heard that excursions are often rushed and not worth the money you paid for it.. :mad:

We were considering a glass-bottom boat tour in Catalina Island, and a dolphin encounter in Cabo san Lucas.

Anyone been on these excursions, or has any advice?
I've cruised 2x already with HAL, but this is my first time considering an excursion. :confused:

Thanks! =)

bongolite July 21st, 2010 03:07 PM

I am not sure if your ship is visiting Puerto Vallarta but we did an excellent Canopy Zipline & ATV Tour and the price was excellent! We didnt book it with the ship though but through a reputable online company. If you are going to Puerto Vallarta, dont miss this tour, its truly the thing to do!;-)

LisaK July 22nd, 2010 10:47 AM

if you are comfortable booking with a local tour operator and you find a reputable one, it is usually much cheaper than booking with the cruise line. There are a few exceptions - there are some tours that you can only book thru the cruise line, and if water travel is involved it is usually a good idea to book thru the cruise line because what if the boat you are on has a mechanical failure or something that causes you to be late for departure? you are out of luck if you are on your own.

showcat August 14th, 2010 05:02 AM

I did the Cabo Dolphins it was worth every penny! Loved it!:D

PumpkinPatches August 14th, 2010 07:48 PM

We booked the Horseback riding in Puerto Vallarta, and the Snorkeling in Chileno Bay in Cabo.. only cost us $128 each with HAL directly. Not bad!!

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