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Old 01-17-2006, 09:29 PM
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Don't buy the shore trips from the cruise line unless you want an all day exotic tour. You can buy most local tours when you get to a destination and a lot cheaper. If you are with other people, you can get some pretty good deals on shore. Bargain with the drivers. You'll save 50% to 75% off the ship's prices.
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Old 01-18-2006, 03:19 PM
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A great tip.
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Old 01-18-2006, 03:32 PM
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Just make sure that you have a guaranteed way to get back to the ship by the time you have to be onboard (usually 1/2 hour before sailing time). If you are out on your own and get back late, the ship will NOT wait for you!
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Savings of 50 to 75%? That is a bit optimistic in my experience. You can get tours for less than the cruise lines offer, but not always. For instance, on Carnival it is/was cheaper to buy a ticket for the Playa Sol Beach Break in Cozumel from the ship than it was to take a taxi to this beach and buy your own admission.

And more importantly, as Karen noted you put yourself in peril for missing the ship when taking private tours.
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:31 PM
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It also depends upon the port of call. For instance, it would be a far riskier proposition to take a private tour to mainland Mexico (such as Tulum) from Cozumel than to take a taxi to a local beach.
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