Ship Excursions vs Exploring on Your Own

Do you book a ship excursion, explore on your own, or stay on the ship?  I've done all of the above and it mainly depends upon the port.  I stick with the ship excursions for Mexico and Alaska, but explore on my own (via golf cart, jeep or rental car) when in the Caribbean.  

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We have decided to take a ship's excursion the first time we visit a port or for longer excursions where a slight delay could result in missing the ship.  

Cozumel is one place we feel comfortable exploring on our own.  But when we visit Tulum, we will definitely do the ship's excursion.  Two out of four times we have cruised to Cozumel, our ship has waited past sailing time for the people who were on that excursion.  

Ive only been on 5 cruises and I have always done my own thing.  In Cozomel I rented a scooter for 25 dollars.  People say thats dangerous.  I ride a Harley D at home so im good with a bike.  There is a side road with little or no traffic and it runs the length of the east side of the island.  I bad a blast and got to see a lot.

It's a 50/50 for us. I like excursions, but sometimes My BF is not in the mood for planned events or schedules, and he likes to just walk around and do our own thing. I am slowly bringing him to the pre-planned side, because there is nothing worse then deciding that you want to do an excursion at last min and it is sold out. 

I have done all 3 depending on the port.  If it is a port that is safe I will go out on my own,  if it is a port with issues like Nassau I take an excursion,  if it s a port I have done lots of times I may just stay on the ship and enjoy having the ship to myself.

We have done all 3. In fact on our last cruise because a few of the ports stays were from 8 am to 10 pm we did all 3. A bit of morning exploration, ship excursion in the afternoon and more exploring after with some rest time in between and a dip in the ship pool.

We've booked excursions through the cruiseline mostly. We did go out on our own in Cozumel, and on our next cruise we will take a taxi with friends, to Maho Beach in St. Maarten. If we are ever on a cruise that stops in Nassau again, I think we will stay onboard for the day.

We've booked excursions through the cruiseline mostly. We did go out on our own in Cozumel, and on our next cruise we will take a taxi with friends, to Maho Beach in St. Maarten. If we are ever on a cruise that stops in Nassau again, I think we will stay onboard for the day.

Done all three as well. Did our own thing in Bermuda with NCL because we could.

Stuck to the shore excursions with the ship during the Panama cruise. and golfed in Hawaii.

Like most of you, we have done all three. If we are going any distance or on a new adventure we take a ship sponsored tour.  We have seen way too many people miss the ship because the ventured out on their own.  If there is something nearby, we will go on our own, two examples: the fort in San Juan and the pirate museum in Nassau. If we have been to a port and feel we have seen all we want to see there, we stay on the ship. We are usually back long before the 30 minute deadline, just so we can watch the pier runners.

I usually do my own thing...even if that means being a beachbum for the day

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