• http://change-is-possible.net Heather

    The only thing to watch out for with excursions: if you book through the ship and are not back before the ship leaves (for whatever reason), they take care of getting you to where the ship is. If you go on your own and miss it, you are on your own to find your way to the next port.

    If you’re doing something that will take the majority of the time that you’re in port, it might be worth it to book through the ship. If not, and if it’s on the early end of your time in port, then just book on your own.

    (This was true the last time I went on a cruise, which was almost 6 years ago. I can’t tell you if it’s still true now.)

    Also, the ship we were on had a problem, and we skipped one of the ports we were scheduled to stop at. People who had booked arrangements for that port before leaving home were furious (and some of them out quite a bit of money), but the fine print says that the itinerary can change as needed.

  • sherchap

    “Taking a cruise will cost you far more than the cost of airfare and booking the trip”…I totally disagree with this statement. I have always found a cruise to be much cheaper than trying to go on my own outside of a cruise. A Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise is the most inexpensive trip you can take. Also, the tipping is easily taken care of when you book the trip. Most cruise lines suggest $10 per day. They will allow you to prepay that amount when you book. So for a seven day cruise, you just need to add $70 to the price of the ticket, per se. And one final thing about seasickness. I am prone to it, however, on my last cruise I wore the seabands that you can pick up at walmart, walgreens, etc. THey are terry cloth wristbands that have pressure points that prevent over 90% of people from getting motion sickness. I had no seasickness at all.

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