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I personally have never booked an excursion through the cruise line. We always find one at the port. I sometimes feel that the "the ship will leave without you" statement can SOMETIMES be used as a scare tactic to push you in to buying over priced ship sponsored excursions. Now, with that being said, I know that you do not get the "we will wait for you" guarantee with unsponsored guides. However, I think it must be noted that these companies also will get you back to the ship on time, it is their job as well. They are not out to ruin your day and strand you in their country. They want you to tell your friends about "Willie's Taxi". They will do all in their power to get you back. If you are being laze about shopping and sunning yourself and are late, it is not their fault. I have done everything on the cruise lines sponsored excursions for a fraction of the price every time I've been in port. Never have we been in danger of missing the ship. Now that I have said that, I want to say this. If the bus they are attempting to herd you on looks like something out of a serial killer's dream, DON'T GO! A little common sense goes a very long way.