CCL never tries to hide the fact that the excursions are contracted out and not their doing. They only "guarantee" the excursions that they contract out. It looks like you figured out how to cut out the middle man and not get charged CCL's "cut" Which is cool. And I thank you for the information. But I'm not sure that means you don't have to worry about getting back to the ship on time unless they get you on the same tours. My guess is the company runs tours on a per ship basis and when you book through them, they will put you on whatever tour they have openings in. You may be with a group from another ship, so it wouldn't hurt to ask. I do agree on the not getting ripped off part.
Again, thanks for the info. Could come in handy
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007