glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Which Types of Shore Excursions Should You Avoid?

Here's a link that describes five types of shore excursion that are not worth your money.


http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1940&et_cid=2840237&et_rid=17454598&et_referrer=RCI%20Party%20Data

Tags: Shore Excursions to avoid

11 Answers

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Hmmmmm, I'm not sure I agree with this at all

1. Shopping

2. Sightseeing by bus

3. Booze cruises

4. Museums

5. Beach breaks

Who among us has not taken one of these types of excursions at least, oh I don't know.... 2 times?  These types of excursions make up a vast majority of cruise-related excursions. 

The gist of this person's article is basically "find your own" adventure.  While that might be well-and-good for the seasoned cruiser or for someone who is very familiar with a particular destination, it is not advice I would give a newbie cruiser or someone with any kind of physical limitation.

Word of caution, most of us already know this but it bears repeating...  if you book an off-cruiseline excursion and or go off on your own... you are quite literally ON-YOUR-OWN.

A few words to the wise...

- Don't drink yourself blind (on any excursion) because you have to be able to get back to the ship. If you are passed out drunk or can barely speak intelligibly you are more likely to be left lying there. If you are lucky, someone may call the police or emergency response to get you to a hospital.

- Be sure you know the difference between local time and ship's time. Ship's time wins every time. Helpful hint: bring along an analog watch that is easy to reset the time on. Set it to ship's time before you head off into the port. Do not rely upon your iPhone or any device that may reset itself to local time if you do not know how to change your the timezone setting.

- In unfamiliar territory, carefully consider the consequences of venturing off on your own. A map may appear to show a beach "close" to the port but getting to and from can prove more challenging than you think. 

- Be very familiar with local customs because proper dress and behavior is important to understand. You may end up in custody for disrespecting a sacred site or other seemingly minor infraction that the locals take extremely seriously.

- Be very familiar with security risk assessments of the area in which you are venturing. While the Caribbean may be relatively safe, other parts of the world are most decidedly not. 

- The ship ain't waitin' for ya unless you are on an excursion sanctioned by the cruise line. If you do not believe me, go to You Tube and search for cruisers who missed their ship.  

Situational awareness is the key so know yourself and your physical capacity and know the local area you are venturing into. Everybody deserves to have a wonderful cruise experience so be prepared and you'll have the time of your life.

ashleebrown
Contributor Level: Captain

We've booked #1 and #5 on probably all of the cruises we've ever been on.

I think you put together a great response, CruisingCM!

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I agree with all of the above.

I like to sample one or two local beers when I'm in a port, but never get blind drunk... I've seen too many on board to see how this can be fun.

I always check with the ship security officers about a port. They know more than you think.

I always shop for tacky souvenirs.... I get a kick from the eye rolls my guest have when they see the shelf....Big Smile

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I've done all except #3, and I enjoyed them all.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Great tip!

 

sheenarn
Contributor Level: Purser

I always book my excursions from the Cruise Line, they have to get you back in time. I also believe it is safer.  If something terrible happens most of the time the people will get in touch with the boat for you. I have had some pretty poor excursions like the one where the Mayan ruins was really a grill pit...lol.  But on the whole I have enjoyed all my excursions and 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Those that get you robbed at gunpoint... I try to sty away from those... I did not book a daredevil cruise...Wink

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

I hate when that happens.

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I agree with you.  We have taken most of these kinds of shore excursions for various reasons and we very happy with them.  This isn't my list. but cruise critics list. 

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

I knew that, glomarrone :)

 

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