Going off on our own

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!


Unregistered, just back from your Cunard cruise? Get published on Cruise Critic; Write a Review!
Cunard Line

Read hundreds of Cunard Cruise Reviews from cruisers like you.

See posts about:
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 09:11 AM.
#1
Punta Gorda
1,605 Posts
Joined May 2004
We are taking the 2018 QE World Cruise. I cannot seem to find the answer to my question anywhere.
Is it possible to arrange our own Overland Tours instead of using the very expensive Cunard options?
I would call Cunard but doubt that the people who answer the phone have experience with this type of question .
In other words, do we have a curfew and do we have to check in if we leave the ship? if so, I will.

Thank you in advance.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.cruise-ships.com/profile/Evana/][/url]
#2
Washington State
1,818 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
Originally posted by bananavan
We are taking the 2018 QE World Cruise. I cannot seem to find the answer to my question anywhere.
Is it possible to arrange our own Overland Tours instead of using the very expensive Cunard options?
I would call Cunard but doubt that the people who answer the phone have experience with this type of question .
In other words, do we have a curfew and do we have to check in if we leave the ship? if so, I will.

Thank you in advance.
On QV this year we stayed with friends in Miami between the ports of Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale, and did our own overland tour to Iguazu Falls between the ports of Rio and Buenos Aires (significantly cheaper than the Cunard tour), and a few years ago we went to Angkor Wat when we were on QM2 - between Bangkok and Ho Chi Min City.

Our travel agent let Cunard know about it, and there were no issues.

We also once had an overnight in Civitavecchia, and decided to skip Rome and go to a very romantic hotel in Sorrento for the night. We did not let our cabin stewardess know about it, and she was beside herself when we got back on board the next evening. She was convinced we must have been kidnapped or murdered. Now we make a point of letting our cabin steward know if we will be away overnight!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.whereissafarigal.wordpress.com
www.youtube.com/user/samuels5731

"Flying is but a fad. There will always be passengers for ships like the Queens"



Queen Victoria 2017; Queen Mary 2 July 2016; Queen Mary 2 2015; Viking Sun July 2014; Queen Mary 2 October 2012; Veendam September 2012; Queen Elizabeth June 2012 X 2; Queen Victoria 2012; Queen Elizabeth 2011; Queen Mary 2 2010; Queen Mary 2 2009; QE2 2008; Queen Victoria 2008; Carnival Glory 2006; Paul Gauguin 2006; Sun Princess 2003; Sea Princess 2002; Rotterdam 2001; Majesty of the Seas 2000; Rotterdam 1999; Independence 1998; Dreamward 1997; Nordic Empress 1996; Atlantic 1995; Dawn Princess 1994; Majestic 1989; Vistafjord 1992; Maasdam 1992; Cunard Countess 1985; BI Dunera 1968; BI Devonia 1967; BI Kampala 1963; Hoogkerk 1963; Queen Elizabeth 1962; P&O Iberia 1962; P&O Cathay 1962; BI Uganda 1961; Rotterdam 1961; City of Durban 1959; Europa 1959; Africa 1958; Dunottar Castle 1958; Warwick Castle 1958; BI Karanja 1957; Pretoria Castle 1956; BI Uganda 1956
#3
Norfolk UK
733 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
We've done it and so have our friends. Just let the ship know, and out of courtesy, your cabin steward and you are good to go.
#5
Norfolk UK
733 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by bananavan
Thank you both for your wonderful answers.
Time to plan.
Just double check any visa requirements though. Sometimes the requirements for a day visit on a ship aren't the same as for an overnight or two stay. Might not apply, but do double check
#6
Kansas City
417 Posts
Joined Nov 2012
Just keep in mind that if there is a problem on your 3rd party tour and you are unable to get back to the ship by departure time, the ship may not wait for you.

We had a incident with a non-Cunard tour in Costa Rica a few years ago. The tour's van broke down and they had to call and wait for replacement that was located 40-50 miles away. We did make it back to the ship - just barely! That was enough of a scare for us to be very careful when booking tours since then.
Bob
#8
Washington State
1,818 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
Originally posted by Classiccruiser777
We also have told our waiter if we won't be at future meals.
Yes, I forgot - we do that too, as well as our table mates so they don't wait for us.

We also try to get back to the port where we will be rejoining the ship the morning that we sail, or if we have time, the night before.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.whereissafarigal.wordpress.com
www.youtube.com/user/samuels5731

"Flying is but a fad. There will always be passengers for ships like the Queens"



Queen Victoria 2017; Queen Mary 2 July 2016; Queen Mary 2 2015; Viking Sun July 2014; Queen Mary 2 October 2012; Veendam September 2012; Queen Elizabeth June 2012 X 2; Queen Victoria 2012; Queen Elizabeth 2011; Queen Mary 2 2010; Queen Mary 2 2009; QE2 2008; Queen Victoria 2008; Carnival Glory 2006; Paul Gauguin 2006; Sun Princess 2003; Sea Princess 2002; Rotterdam 2001; Majesty of the Seas 2000; Rotterdam 1999; Independence 1998; Dreamward 1997; Nordic Empress 1996; Atlantic 1995; Dawn Princess 1994; Majestic 1989; Vistafjord 1992; Maasdam 1992; Cunard Countess 1985; BI Dunera 1968; BI Devonia 1967; BI Kampala 1963; Hoogkerk 1963; Queen Elizabeth 1962; P&O Iberia 1962; P&O Cathay 1962; BI Uganda 1961; Rotterdam 1961; City of Durban 1959; Europa 1959; Africa 1958; Dunottar Castle 1958; Warwick Castle 1958; BI Karanja 1957; Pretoria Castle 1956; BI Uganda 1956
#9
East Lancashire
2,569 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
As has already been said, you can do it, just let everyone who might miss you know. You would be very unpopular if the ship sails late after waiting for you because you had not told anyone you were going to re-join at the next port.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
QE2, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 (twice) 2005, 2006, 2007 (twice) and 2008 (twice). Caronia 2002 and 2003, QM2 2009, 2010 (twice), 2011, 2014 and 2015, QV 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, QE 2012 (twice), 2013 and 2015. Braemar 2015 (once was enough) Oriana 2017, Good but I still prefer Cunard.
#10
4,317 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
We left the ship in Fukuoka last year and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, and spent the night there. The next day, we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo and picked up the ship.

This is a good guide for understanding the trains and purchasing tickets. We bought Green Car tickets and were very comfortable. The trains leave precisely on the second, and are spotless. It was a great experience.

For the first leg, we purchased our ticket at the counter, but the kiosks are easy to navigate and we used it for the Kyoto to Tokyo leg.

I highly recommend going to Kyoto, it was not bombed during WWII and much of the original architecture is still there. In Kyoto, we used buses and subways and found it very easy to navigate. If you are interested, I am happy to share the name of the small hotel where we stayed, it was lovely.

This is a helpful site for understanding the trains:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018.html

Ricki
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature








#11
Punta Gorda
1,605 Posts
Joined May 2004
Originally posted by ricki
We left the ship in Fukuoka last year and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, and spent the night there. The next day, we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo and picked up the ship there.

This is a good guide for understanding the trains and purchasing tickets. We bought Green Car tickets and were very comfortable. The trains leave precisely on the second, and are spotless. It was a great experience.

For the first leg, we purchased our ticket at the counter, but the kiosks are easy to navigate and we used it for the Kyoto to Tokyo leg.

I highly recommend going to Kyoto, it was not bombed during WWII and much of the original architecture is still there. In Kyoto, we used buses and subways and found it very easy to navigate. If you are interested, I am happy to share the name of the small hotel where we stayed, it was lovely.

This is a helpful site for understanding the trains:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018.html

Ricki
Thank you for this Ricki. We are thinking of leaving the ship when we are in Osaka (really Kobe I gather) and taking the Shinkansen to Tokyo.
Thanks to everyone for their help.
There is no way I would leave the ship without informing the logical parties. I wondered if it were even possible. Some cruise lines can make that a difficult process.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.cruise-ships.com/profile/Evana/][/url]
#12
Washington State
1,818 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
Originally posted by ricki
We left the ship in Fukuoka last year and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, and spent the night there. The next day, we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo and picked up the ship.

This is a good guide for understanding the trains and purchasing tickets. We bought Green Car tickets and were very comfortable. The trains leave precisely on the second, and are spotless. It was a great experience.

For the first leg, we purchased our ticket at the counter, but the kiosks are easy to navigate and we used it for the Kyoto to Tokyo leg.

I highly recommend going to Kyoto, it was not bombed during WWII and much of the original architecture is still there. In Kyoto, we used buses and subways and found it very easy to navigate. If you are interested, I am happy to share the name of the small hotel where we stayed, it was lovely.

This is a helpful site for understanding the trains:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018.html

Ricki
Thanks for the link - we will be joining the ship in Osaka, but we plan to fly to Tokyo a few days early and have a quick look around Tokyo and Kyoto before coming to Osaka, and hope to use the train for transport.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.whereissafarigal.wordpress.com
www.youtube.com/user/samuels5731

"Flying is but a fad. There will always be passengers for ships like the Queens"



Queen Victoria 2017; Queen Mary 2 July 2016; Queen Mary 2 2015; Viking Sun July 2014; Queen Mary 2 October 2012; Veendam September 2012; Queen Elizabeth June 2012 X 2; Queen Victoria 2012; Queen Elizabeth 2011; Queen Mary 2 2010; Queen Mary 2 2009; QE2 2008; Queen Victoria 2008; Carnival Glory 2006; Paul Gauguin 2006; Sun Princess 2003; Sea Princess 2002; Rotterdam 2001; Majesty of the Seas 2000; Rotterdam 1999; Independence 1998; Dreamward 1997; Nordic Empress 1996; Atlantic 1995; Dawn Princess 1994; Majestic 1989; Vistafjord 1992; Maasdam 1992; Cunard Countess 1985; BI Dunera 1968; BI Devonia 1967; BI Kampala 1963; Hoogkerk 1963; Queen Elizabeth 1962; P&O Iberia 1962; P&O Cathay 1962; BI Uganda 1961; Rotterdam 1961; City of Durban 1959; Europa 1959; Africa 1958; Dunottar Castle 1958; Warwick Castle 1958; BI Karanja 1957; Pretoria Castle 1956; BI Uganda 1956
#13
4,317 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
Originally posted by safarigal
Thanks for the link - we will be joining the ship in Osaka, but we plan to fly to Tokyo a few days early and have a quick look around Tokyo and Kyoto before coming to Osaka, and hope to use the train for transport.
Safarigal,

If you would like the name of the hotel in Kyoto, please email me:

Ricki at aol.com

It was lovely and very reasonable and well located.

Ricki
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature