Shore excursion guides--Good ones, bad ones?

The other day some of us were talking about our experinces with guides. It occurred to me that in all our travels we have had some really good ones. So good they stand out in my mind many years after the voyage, even with my feeble memory. For instance:


#1 Best--A male guide in Vietnam in 2007--HAL.   #2 Best--A male Arab guide in Agadir, Morocco in 2008---HAL.   #3 Best--A male guide in the Canary Islands in 2014--Regent.   #4 Best--A male guide in New York City in 2015--Princess.    #5 Best--A female guide on Borneo in 1994--Princess.   #6 Best, A male guide in Israel in 2010--Regent.            



5 Answers

We have had fair to good guides for the most part. We had a great guide in Rome. She was one of the few women who had graduated from some special Vatican school (don't ask me, I have no recollection of its name). In any event, she was a fountain of knowledge on history and we LOVED hearing all of the stories she recounted.

Never taken any excursion with a guide. We do not like the idea of being herded round and told when to get back in a certain place. We always do our own thing when off the ship.

Mostly we have had good guides. If a guide is poor, I make an effort to keep asking questions about the information not given. Usually by the end of the tour the guide has covered what I want to know.

Never had a bad tour guide.

Best ones I have had were non ship excursions.

In St. Kitts we got cab rite outside of the port shops. We were with a couple from our dining table and got an Island tour for only $ 25.00 each that hit the beach, the Romney plantation, sugar mill and more we had him for the afternoon as our guide and driver. He recommended great place for lunch where the locals go. We had a great afternoon and we all gave him extra $.

One time down in Mazatlan we got together with a few others off of our ship and got a private tour in an SUV that we found outside of the port shops. We got the city tour and he took us through the back door for a performance of some dancers for free (There was a ship tour just to see the dancers for more then we paid). He took us through old town, the market place, the Golden Zone and the dance. After the dance you exited through a crafts fair, he saw I was looking at some boots, he took us a couple blocks away to a leather goods store that had much better prices and smithed the boots rite there for a custom fit. I still negotiated the price for us and the rest from our group.


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