Hello! First let me say that I've greatly enjoyed reading your forum, thanks! Secondly, my husband and I are booked on HAL's Noordam in mid-February for 11 days to the Caribbean from NYC.
We enjoy travel but this is our first cruise and we are very excited about it. We're the kind of mid-thirties couple that enjoys fine dining, music of all styles, art, people from all over, and while he's in the casino, I expect to be in the spa - HAL sounded like a perfect fit for us.
That said, we're having a hard time finding information and reviews on the shore excursions. What we AREN'T looking for is the major tourist spots - we love off the beaten path and hidden treasures. We're doing tons of research (how I found you!) and would love some advice on how to spend our time....are the excursions worth the money? Should we go our own way and hunt down the 'find' or trust that the cruiseline uses a vendor that knows what it's doing?
I think what we don't want is to book an excursion we think is a 'hidden treasure' and find out it's a zoo or disney-esque tram ride. (I hope that doesn't sound snobbish - those things have their place for sure...just not our thing)
Thanks in advance!!