best way to find non-Crystal excursions?
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If you do decide to book alternative tours, be careful to check out the operators carefully. Also, make sure that you have arranged to get back to the ship before she sails. (If you are on a Crystal tour, they will hold the ship until the tour returns if it is late. But if you are on a non-Crystal tour, they may not wait.)
Also I have enough experience travelling to know when and where you can "trust" locals - so I am very cautious just hiring someone dockside spontaneously to take me to where the Crystal pax are going...but many times this has worked and I have had super experiences like in Easter Island when a local teacher took me all around the place for half the price of a tour in her own car..and I really like paying a local person the money instead of the LINE which is making a huge profit off the shore excusions...
Be well educated before trying this...and there are many ports I would never trust people who respect us Americans these days......but travel is supposed to be educational, right? And don't forget to ask the crew where they like to go. The experienced crew know a great deal more and first time pax.