It is a RCCL cruise to the Med on AoS leaving Southampton 9 May 2013.
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I have been reading that cruise organized excursions are overpricedYes they are.
Yes...you can book things on your own. However, the ship's excursions aren't that bad! Depending on what you're doing, they are fine ways to have fun....the ship takes care of everything...no worries on your part at all, from start to finish. So, don't be afraid to use the ship's excursions, if there is something you'd like to do through them.This is so true! For some ports you are docked right there and many local tour operators are there waiting or the town can be visited on your own. The ship tours are fine and can be depended on from my experience. Do research on the ports since at times, you can arrange a similar tour (I usually only do this when I'm sure I will be close to the port when time to board) for less cost. I always contact the ports/places I visit for any free local info. I have always found any place I've contacted ready and willing to send local free info from maps to schedules to general information. Have fun!
A guidebook on your ports will allow you to see what you want to do and if you even NEED an excursion at all! Many things require no one to "guide" you!
again thanks for the responses. I think I have made my decision as far as it goes.BBM
We are newbie cruisers and as such the 'insurance' aspect of cruise excursions sounds compelling to me. The leave everything to them and have nothing to worry about sounds good for our first cruise until we get used to what to expect.
If we enjoy cruising and go again (no guarantees there) then I will probably explore other options.
AoS 9 May 2013