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Old 07-12-2008, 10:01 PM
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Can you do activities on different islands without doing excursions through cruise line? Like snorkeling, going to Pearl Harbor, etc?
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:41 AM
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Yes, you can. But always remember if you miss the ship it will be your responsibility to catch up with it. You will need to be concious of the time the ship leaves and allow yourself plenty of time. Meaning, allow for traffic and the unexpected.

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:14 AM
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We regretted taking all the HAL tours this winter of the islands because we worried so about getting back on time. We met numerous people who did the same things on their own and avoided the time wasted boarding buses and such.

We've finally learned to risk doing more things on our own, even in non-English speaking ports.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:26 AM
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We've finally learned to risk doing more things on our own, even in non-English speaking ports.
That sounds like a lesson learned but it can also be a false sense of security. There is often savings in time and cost through outside sources. There is also higher risk involved. If you book cruiseline excursions, they know where you are and if your party is late arriving back, they can get in touch with the tour provider for details on the delay and hold the ship until resolved. Out on your own you don't have this layer of protection. Also the lines screen their providers and if one gets an abnormal number of complaints or serious complaints that are not resolved, they will drop that provider. There are some great outside sources and not so great. You have to do more homework to be sure you're going to get what you pay for and will enjoy it. There is also things like, are they fully insured? If something terrible happens, where will you go for resolution?

Don't get me wrong, I've done outside excursions and ventured on my own with no excursion. When I do, I have travel insurance of my own purchased before my trip. I'm careful and check with sources I know and trust for advice before using outside sources in most cases. I'm not advising you not to go it alone or use independent vendors, just understand there is a difference in making that decision in a number of ways.

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:57 AM
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Hi LaraB, and welcome to cruise-chat.com.

If booking a tour independently, please be sure to bring with you the contact information for the cruise line's port agent. This is located in the Freestyle Daily or in the port of call/shopping/map handout you can pick up on the ship. Should you run into any issues while ashore, the port agent is the one you want to contact. This is also a good idea even if you are doing a ship-sponsored shore excursion and want to spend more time ashore before returning to the ship.
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