Thanks Barbara and Nancy for your advice. Both hubby and I go to Spain every year, hiring a car at the airport and set out on our own. I thought that by being familiar with Europe it would be easy to get around without being herded about. We tend to prefer to go it alone rather than with a group. I will take your advice though, I just think that the ship charges so very very much for an excursion whereas if you do it alone, you save almost 95%.
I have not researched enough into exactly where we want to go once we get off the ship, its 10 months away but I shall def post some questions when I do.
When we were on the RC Explorer crusing Caribeean a coupld a our table worked for RC1 and as their ship was being refitted were offered a week's free hol on Explorer. They were photographers and said that although they had visited the ports several times they never had time to do so without working but they recommended we get off the ship and would see different tour companies offering their services for a far far better price than RC1, hence another reason to do it alone.