Choosing excursions

How do you choose your excursions? Do you prefer Historical tours? Water sports? Adventurous? Beaches? Trying local foods and beverages?

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We choose our excursion according to the port. The first time we went to Cozumel we took a full day tour to see the arguing and the next time we headed to a beach. In Mazatlan we wanted to see some history and the cliff divers so it was a guided tour that we chose. In Belize we wanted to float through the caves, but that's as adventurous as I get. Most of the time, we head to a beach for the day to relax in the sun.

I go for history and food and don't forget BOOZE tours.   I was never into water sports,  but history is interesting and I do love good food, beer and wine.     If first time in a port I may do the "Top 10" kind of tour or a hop on hop off bus.

Depends on who we are with. If it's the whole family, we choose beach excursions and kid friendly activities.  When it's just the three of us, we choose history or adventure, with one beach day.

Depending upon the port, we may choose a ship excursion or explore on our own. If a beach is involved, part of the port time is always spent at one or more beaches preferably early in the day. We compare the ship excursions to other vendors and usually opt for the ship excursion IF we are concerned about returning on time to the port. (Many vendors now also guarantee your timely return). We frequently rent a car or jeep and in some spots do a hop on hop off bus or other public transportation. Because I am returning for a second or third time to many of the ports, I now have a pretty good idea of what I want to see or do,

I usually do historical or sightseeing tours. I also love to go to Maho Beach in St. Maarten.  I am an aviation person so I love to see the planes that close. 

Like everyone else, it depends on the port of call. Often if it is a first visit to the Island, we take the "Island tour" offered by the ship.  We like to have an itinerary of mixed focus in the ports of call.  We enjoy the history, beach, shopping (me mostly) food, drink, and water sports.... so we try to do whatever that port of call is most noted for. When we invite newbies, we try to go to San Juan (history), St. Thomas (shopping) and  Grand Turk (beach) for a taste of the Caribbean.  Then if they get hooked (usually the do) we can expand from there.

For us things like who is going with us, length of stay in port & the cost are big factors. The first time we went we booked 2 excursions, one in Grand Cayman (Parasailing) & one in Ochos Rios (Horseback Riding) but it was just us. Fun things to do as a couple. We are going on our 2nd cruise in Dec but we are taking our kids who are 8 & 14yrs old. Our main goal is to have fun, swim & enjoy the beaches as much as possible but this is a once in a lifetime trip for us so I am leaning towards doing at least one excursion non beach related so we can at least see the island. One of our stops is St. Kitts, we are there for 10hrs & that is the only one that doesn't have a beach within a short walking distance of the cruise port so we decided this would be the one we did an excursion in & then we started looking into things that fell into our price range that the kids would enjoy. We haven't 100% decided yet but we are down between doing a day pass at the Marriott Resort so we would have access to their 3 pools & a beach or doing an excursion to Brimstone Hill Fortress/Romney Manor. If we do the tour it will only be 2.5hrs which is perfect however the resort pass for all 4 of us is half the price of the Fortress tour.

Unless we have been to a port before, we usually take a sightseeing tour of the city or town.  In the Caribbean, we are more likely to take a beach excursion or a boat ride around the island

We went to Orient Beach and then Maho Beach last spring and loved both. It was so crowded at Maho Beach, and so fun watching the planes coming in. Our friend was out in the water for about 5 minutes before a wave stole his sunglasses and ball cap. LOL We'd love to go back to the island some day.

If there is a motorcycle excursion, we book it.  Don't care for water and beach stuff

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