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Old 02-23-2005, 06:37 AM
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Okay I have never booked and excursion from someone other than the ship, yes I know the whole thing about saving money almost 1/2 is what I am hearing..... But it just scared on soo many levels about doing so:
1. The cruise line won't know where we are if something happens to us.....
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Okay I have never booked and excursion from someone other than the ship, yes I know the whole thing about saving money almost 1/2 is what I am hearing..... But it just scared on soo many levels about doing so:
1. The cruise line won't know where we are if something happens to us.....
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A lot of hype put into buying excursions from other than the cruise line is just that, hype. You need to use reasaonable judgement in selecting a company you see at the dock. Remember, these companies work with the cruise lines in that they pay rental for their space. They and the cruise line are all out for your money. So who to believe? The cruise lines want you to believe all outside tour operators are on dope, want to take you to seedy locations, and hold you for ransom. Its not like that at all. I have been on several excursions signed up at the dock, and have felt very safe. Just use your judgement.

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Old 02-23-2005, 07:10 AM
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I recommend Shore Trips to all my customers. They are experienced and reliable with great personal service. 30 years experience. Much smaller groups on excursions than from the cruiseline. You can call them toll free at 888-355-0220. Visit their website at http://www.shoretrips.com/
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:40 AM
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I would for sure book it before I got off the ship so I guess I would be booking it before we left for the cruise..... I am too much of a planner to wait till we got off the ship! LOL
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I have used both the cruise line's excursions and Shore Trips, and have been pleased with both. (So far have used Shore Trips twice with good results.) The only caveat about using a tour operator other than the cruise line's is if you are not able to get back to the ship in time. If you are on the cruise line's shore excursion, they will wait for you to get back; if not, they won't. If you have a full day in port and an early half-day excursion, chances are it will work out fine if you go with another company. Shore Trips doesn't necessarily save you money over the cruise line - sometimes yes, sometimes no - but you will often be with a smaller group, or they may offer an excursion the cruise line doesn't.
 
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