Also, is there a place that other Silversea guest have written about the excursions? I can't find it if it exists on the boards.
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dgabriele - I agree with the other posters that it is often good to consider a mix of ship tours and private tours, although we very much prefer the flexibility of private tours. We have found that in most cases, the private tours offered by the ship are much more expensive than private tours organized on our own. We have also found that if there are four or more people on one's self-organized private tour, it is comparable in price to a group (i.e. bus tour) tour offered by the ship.I'll second that you can sometimes get a private tour, through a non-ship provider, for the same or less than a ship tour. We were cruising with another couple so we were always pricing our tours for four and several times, if not most, we actually got our private tours for less on a per person basis. Other than the "time and distance" consideration I mentioned before the other reason we took ship tours was to use up the considerable OBC incentive we got when we booked our cruise. The truth is that we were extremely pleased with our private tours and without the OBC we'd probably done more tours that way.