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We are going to the Eastern Mediterranean in September. We don't want to use the ship's tours. (Celebrity). When do you usually book tours? Can you do it from the ship? Should I be doing it from home? Part of the reason I'm asking is because I don't know whether to include the cost of the tours (if they're not refundable) in my traveler's insurance.
This coming September? Hope the excursions are still available as the off season starts. Otherwise they may already be booked. Booking from the ship assumes availability, spends expensive onboard internet time.
If you have to cancel your cruise a week or some similar time in advance, excursions of all types can be canceled without penalty. Have never heard of non-refundable excursions in Europe- most aren't even paid in advance. So not sure you need insurance. Your loss would be small, relatively. The insurance is more critical for the costs of the cruise and the airfares, which can be nonrefundable in certain cases and at certain times.
We booked our private excursions many (4-6) months in advance. But that was for August/September, more peak times.
Last edited by CruiserBruce; June 29th, 2012 at 11:15 PM.
Book once you know what you want to do. If it is independent vendor the earlier the better as they aren't like the cruiseline big bus, usually a few drivers and vans for the vendor at the most, once filled up they are full.
I am on a b2b2b in October in the Eastern Med. I have three private tours booked thru the Roll Call for my cruise. I am most of the way thru planning the DIY for the rest of the ports. By the time I leave, I expect to have detail instructions for each port. How to get where were we want to go. What it will cost, etc.
* Working on my bucket list one port at a time and spending my kids inheritance one cruise at a time *
HAL Volendam Feb 2016 - 14 days Asian Adventure - Singapore RT
Phuket,Thailand; Penang(Georgetown)- Langkawi- Port Kelang(Kuala Lumpur)- Malacca Malaysia; Rangoon,Myanmar (Burma)
Carnival Splendor May 2015 - 5 days Bahamas -Norfolk- RT Nassau & Freeport
Celebrity Millennium Feb 2014 - 14 days S.E. Asia ; Hong Kong - Singapore
Hong Kong w/side trip to Macau & Lantau Island, Hanoi-Halong Bay-Danang-Saigon Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore ;
side trip to the Philippines (3 weeks)
RCL Splendour of the Seas Oct 2012 - 7 days E. Med / Greek Isles -Venice RT
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Celebrity Constellation Nov 2011- 14 days Holy Land ; Istanbul -Barcelona
Istanbul-Kusadasi-Marmaris Turkey, Athens & Rhodes Greece, Jerusalem-Haifa Israel, Valleta Malta, Barcelona
Star Princess Aug 2010 -11 days Scandinavia /Baltics -Copenhagen RT
Copenhagen, Sweden, Finland, St Petersburg Russia, Estonia, Poland, Norway
RCL Enchantment of the Seas May 2010 - 6 days Bermuda -Norfolk RT Bermuda
HAL Eurodam March 2010 - 7 days Eastern Caribbean- Fort Lauderdale RT
St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk & Caicos, Half Moon Cay
Carnival Imagination Nov 2009 - 3 days Bahamas -Miami RT Nassau
RCL Voyager of the Seas Oct 2007 -7 days Western Mediterranean -Barcelona RT
Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily
HAL Masdaam Dec 2006 - 11 days Southern Caribbean -Norfolk RT
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Last edited by celyvabeach; June 30th, 2012 at 07:38 PM.
we never book tours in advance. we wait for the mass exodus from the ship and take local transpo into town or pick up a driver right at the pier. 30 cruises and wonderful experiences no matter where we have been.