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AnnaT 06-08-2009 08:45 PM

We were told by a friend that it is easy to book excursions right as you get off the boat at each port. Is this true? We were unsure of whether we wanted to book through NCL or just wait until we get off the ship?

vacationbound 06-09-2009 12:16 AM

Hey Anna. Welcome to cruise-chat. It is easy to book excursions at the port. I can't speak for every one on this topic, but for me personally I book through the ship. Here is why and some suggestions...

1. It is the "peace of mind" aspect that I like about it. The transportation to and from the excursion is taken care of. IF the excursion is running late your ship will wait on you; whereas, if you book thru another online excursion company or at port you are on your own. If it is a popular excursion they usually sell out quickly.
2. If you decide to book on your own just make sure it is with a reputable company. MAKE sure you give yourself enough time to do the excursion and to get back to the ship on time.
3. Check out each city you will be visiting and see what kind of tours and tour operators they have.
4. Also check out shoretrips.com. I haven't used them, but quite a few people have and have said good things about them.
Phew...I think I have rambled on enough...Let me know if you have any other questions. We will be glad to help.

penny3333 06-22-2009 09:40 AM

Hi AnnaT, welcome to Cruise-Chat. I'll just add one thing to vacationbound's response. If it is an excursion that you absolutely, positively, would be upset if you couldn't get, book it ahead of time. I'm with vacationbound, if it's a port I haven't visited before, I book through the ship. The peace of mind is worth it. Do your homework. Best wishes for a fantastic cruise!


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