Are there Local guides available at each port or destination.

During each port of call is it possible an or beneficial to hire a local guide.  If not what is the short coming?

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Taxi drivers are good for this..we use them.  In Cozumel we rented Harleys with guide...fun!!! Also rented a horse drawn carriage with driver when we took grand kids.  If you use cruise ship excursion, if something happens the ship will wait for you, local guiding sorry no wait.

why don't we start with where are you going...or did I miss something?

I would be cautious. Check online for private excursions prior to going to a port and even then you should make  an agreed upon price and check out the vehicles to be used.

 

That's why he's "Flexible" Freddy ,Yankee.   Seriously, I agree with the comments that you have to be very careful when you get off the ship and just hire someone to be a guide for you. Research before hand is a must. We laugh about the stories some tell about cab drivers. They first check them out by asking "Do you speak english?" The driver responds, in perfect english "Yes I speak english." Only to find out, after underway, that is the only english the guy knows.   I know Regent has arrangements with guides they will line you up with beforehand, for an addiitonal fee $$$$$.  

 

 

 

Well...I took him to be a  serious newbie...why? because he's asking that question in the first place.  I didnt have a clue our first cruise..If they didn't have signs and guides on board I couldn't have found my way off the ship....I was lucky to be able to find the right bus.  But. local guides can be fun too...I understand the Sherpas make excellent, honest guides around Cozumel...they speak English too....so by all means, "leave us go amongst them"..hehehehe

Private Islands do not have independent guides.   When you take a ship excursion,  the ship will not leave before you return if your excursion has traffic problems or a breakdown.   If you go on your own,  the ship will leave at the time posted and you are responsible for catching up to the ship at the next port.

Untill you know the lay of the land and are familiar with the ports and cruising in general I would strongly recommend only using the cruise lines excursions. They provide a certain layer of comfort knowing that you will get back to the ship so it removes one worry and lets you enjoy the island. Once you are a bit more seasoned then the options of going off on your own (not usually recommended) or booking excursions outside the cruise lines can be considered.

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