Posted August 6th, 2011, 10:55 PM
We've decided not to do Machu Picchu as part of a cruise. The time of year that the cruises are near there is the rainy season. We've instead planned a trip to Peru on our own. It is 17 days and will cost both of us about what HAL wants for their 2-night tour for one of us. Our plans even have us at the Santuary Lodge (right next to the ruins) for three nights. We'll be able to see it without as many crowds and visit more of Peru too. If you really want to see Machu Picchu, consider doing it on a separate trip. On the cruise do as Lorekauf suggests and spend the time in Lima.
Agree 100% with you. I'd originally looked into both Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat as part of a cruise, then realized that a) the price of the excursion is sky-high, and b) I wouldn't really have enough time at the site to get my fill, as it were. In both cases, land tours of considerably longer length, including airfare to and from the US, costs about the same as the short, cruise-offered tour.