BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Private Excursions with return guarantee

We are looking at a few excursions for our upcoming cruise. The cruiseline doesn't offer one comparable to what I've seen on both Viator and ShoreFox. Both of these have a guarantee to get us back to the ship on time. We've always booked through the cruiseline, so i'm a little nervous about booking through either of these companies. Does anyone have experiences that they can share? The excursions they offer are visiting both orient and Maho Beach in St. Maarten, in a 5 hr time frame.

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DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I've done a variety of excursions outside the cruiseline as well as venture out on our own with no problems. St. Maarten is small enough (around 35 square miles) that you would be able to find other return options in an emergency (if something went wrong), I would go for it!

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Sorry I can help you as i have never used anyone other than the ship's excursions. 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

cucruizin
Contributor Level: First Mate

We used an outside vendor in St. Maarten last year. It's pretty populated and we weren't going to any remote areas, so I was comfortable booking with an independent. As DebbieVi mentioned, it's not too large; as long as the return time gets you back 30mins-hour before sail away, you should be fine. 

 

Have a wonderful cruise.  

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks. I think I will book it as soon as I hear back from friends we are cruising with, and see if they want to have a beach day with us. 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

YouTube => => pier runners .........did any of them have a guarantee ?

 

just my opinion

SimonCommunity
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Both companies are reputable. We offer ShoreFox trips here on the site, along with Shore Excursions Group, which also offers competitive pricing and a return-to-the-ship guarantee: http://cruiseline.com/excursions

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Good info!

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the confirmation. The excursion here is by far the best price, and with the guarantee, we are going to book it. Yay! Big Smile

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