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is it possible to go on a trip at he end of a cruise before flight home? or are you expected to go direct to airport?

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Many cities offer post cruise excursions. Your luggage goes on the bus with you, and you end up at the airport. Just make sure you have a later flight home. Check the excursion list for your cruise.

If you choose to go on your own, you have to deal with your luggage.

You can do pretty well whatever you wish. On our last cruise out of Boston ending in NOLA we went straight from the ship to our hotel we had reserved, got onto the steamboat Natchez and spent the afternoon touring the Mississippi. We spent the night in NO and left for home the following afternoon. Once off the ship your time is your own.

I also like a post cruise stay over and not be rushed to see the city and rush to the airport.

In some places a post cruise excursion is a bargain if you have the time. When we ported in South Hampton it was $ 100.00 to the airport or $ 130.00 to Stonehenge and then dropped at the Airport. From the airport we took the subway to our hotel in London.

In Boston when we got off the ship we went straight to the hotel, as we had booked the rooms before we left on the cruise to Bermuda. We spent two full days in Boston before flying out. once you get off the ship, the time is yours, it's all in what you set up at the start.

We often take the post cruise tours offered by the cruise line, because of a late flight. On occasion we have stayed an extra day or two. You can tack on days either side of your sailing as you wish. Please let us know what you decide to do.

We have booked a post cruise excursion after one of our cruises next spring, but with other cruises, we always stay in Florida for a few days to extend our vacation.

"or are you expected to go direct to airport?" No. Unless you are on a cruise line ship to airport transfer. Without a transfer, once off the gangway and have picked up your luggage it's "every man for himself". If you want to hang around and do touring on your own or touring through the cruise line's offered post cruise "cruise tour" options then do so. Pre-cruise and post-cruise touring is common in Central Alaska where most cruises originate and/or terminate at Whittier or Seward (These two ports serve Anchorage). In our cruising we usually go the pre-cruise route. Always we book a hotel at least two days in advance of the embarkation date (for overseas ports) or one day early in domestic ports. If it is a port city we haven't visited before we try to book a hotel three or four days before embarkation. If we want to spend more time in an area before we sail, anymore we prefer to book through the cruise line one of their cruise-tours. Rarely do we book a post cruise, cruise-tour although the best cruise tour we have ever been on was a post cruise safari beginning in Cape Town that lasted a little over a week. In Alaska, it is pretty easy to tour the Central part of the State on your own, get a copy of the "Alaska Milepost" long before you arrive, fun to read and gives you all kind of ideas for things to do, see, stay, visit, etc. I believe that most cruisers who stick around after disembarking usually do up to a week or so by renting a car, booking hotels or B&Bs on their own or renting a Recreational vehicle (Small motor home rentals out of Anchorage really do well here).

HAL offers just such post cruise excursions that end up at the airport. So do other cruise lines.

Once you leave the ship, it's up to you. Some cruise lines offer excursions after the cruise but you don't have to go on them if you don't want to.


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