Shore Excursions - Independently or on a Ship Tour

I was curious to know if in general you like to see a destination independently, on a privately arranged tour with a guide or, on an organized ship excursion?

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We usually take the ship organized excursions. If we have been to a destination previously, we do touring independently. We have rarely done a tour with an independent tour guide but I wouldn't rule out doing so with a good recommendation from someone that I trust. I would do this more readily if the ship was staying overnight in port.

For us it depends on where we are going. An example Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti we do thing independently. South America, some stops in the Caribbean. We use the ship excursions. We have never hired a guide. It all depends on how safe we feel. When in doubt we go with the ship excursions.

We usually take the ship-associated tours because of the convenience but also the fact that the ship won't leave without us if the tour runs late. However, the SoPac trip we have coming up was so light on interesting excursions for some of the islands that we opted to book a couple private tours on our own. In Western Samoa, we have a car and driver. In Bora Bora, we have a 31' nice cabin cruiser and pilot. Both are just the two of us which is going to be fabulous because we won't have to deal with impatient fellow cruisers; we can go at our own pace. We are probably going to try taking the local shuttle to Two Dollar Beach (which now costs $5) in Pago Pago.

i agree about the independent guides. I know that others do that and it works for them. I also know when ships can't make it into a port, passengers lost their money.

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