Posted July 22nd, 2010, 11:28 AM
Some of you posted that you wouldn't go ashore for only 2 hours. You missed the part of the message that said the poster waited almost that long to get on the tender. That alone in inexcusable,especially so when the line is charging extra.
Seems to me there's a lot of fuss & mis-information on this thread about something which is neither new nor a change of policy.
Mixing up two different posts, for instance, Big Cheese.
Portofino isn't an advertised port-of-call on that cruise, it's not promoted, you're not paying in your cruise ticket to call there. It's an extra pick-up port
for pax who find it more convenient to join there. So if you want to go ashore as an extra port, you pay for the combined tender/tour. Charging the same for tender without tour dissuades lots of independents & avoids the grief of them clogging the tender service, which can run like clockwork with organised groups in the limited time frame.
Had a similar experience on Komodo with a different cruiseline - you only got ashore (by tender) if you bought the guided walking tour. Yes, a bit of a rip-off, esp as on that cruise it was an advertised call. But I could see the logic, as well as the $$$ signs.
I'm very independently-minded, very very rarely take a ship's tour, and I'm no fan of MSC.
But I like to take an objective view, something which seems to be lacking on this thread.
So check the facts before ranting, folks.
So stop worrying about cruiselines' policy on charging for tendering, its surely clear to cruiselines that it would be unacceptable in all but exceptional circumstances