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Greetings. I will be cruising Western Med early September and would appreciate comments concerning organized excursions - which seem expensive. My previous cruise experience allowed me to team up with other cruisers at the gangplank and share taxis to beaches/ stations etc. Your thoughts.........Good morning Smike.
Hi Hattie,Your roll call is here, it looks like you have already found it.
Sailing from Venice on 9th September. Thanks again.
Good morning Smike.Richard,
I keep an open mind regarding ship's excursions and have little time for those who continually pooh-pooh them out of hand.
The bottom line is really all about what you want to visit while in a port of call and, if you can't really afford the ship's excursion, what is the alternative.
The fact remains that ship's excursions are reasonably well organised, you get a decent local guide to explain the pertinent and interesting points and there is always a variety of excursions to suit most needs.
Of course there are destinations where it is both economical and convenient to take the DIY approach. Dubrovnik, Venice and Gibraltar spring to mind.
There are also cases where one can take a tour where the cost far exceeds anything on the ship's excursion list. This one springs to mind from Livorno...
As Hattie suggests, give us the names of the ports and we can make some suggestions.
Richard,Good morning Hattie.
You might want to check your link, I don't think Wadi Rum is offered as an excursion from Livorno !
Last week on our cruise we only booked 1 ship's excursion (and not at cheap one at $170 each). And it got canceled. Thanks for that. Maybe that's another reason I was not overly happy about the cruise in general.Very likely cancelled because not enough passengers booked, because it cost so much.
Very likely cancelled because not enough passengers booked, because it cost so much.That's what they said.
Good result for you though, probably.
Last week on our cruise we only booked 1 ship's excursion (and not at cheap one at $170 each). And it got canceled. Thanks for that. Maybe that's another reason I was not overly happy about the cruise in general.
How much notice did they give you that it was cancelled ? I don't think that's ever happened to us although we did have a time change once.When we arrived on day 1 the tickets were waiting for us. So I foolish assumed that because they had given us the tickets, it was going ahead.
It's a good reminder to have a back up plan though.
That was more for the OP, I'm not sure how often cancellations happen,it's just something to consider.
I'd booked a trip (and not a cheap one), it was then cancelled. I don't see why I should have had a plan B in place.
That was more for the OP, I'm not sure how often cancellations happen,it's just something to consider.Ah, I see.
I've had some wonderful Cunard excursions -- amazing tours in St. Petersburg, in Egypt, in Stockholm, in Delft, in Normandy . . . then there was the excursion from Kiel where the new grocery store was pointed out, or the one in Herculaneum where nobody could hear the guide . . . but overall, in our 10+ Cunard cruises, I think they've been very good. None have ever been cancelled. Also, the shorter ones (4 hours or less) tend to better. In the longer ones, the later stops seem rushed and the presentations become lackluster.And a few new itineraries please to encourage me to cruise with them 'more often'.
The variety of excursions has definitely decreased in the past few years, not sure why. Cunard could do with some more creative excursion planning.
Would appreciate guidance regarding best/closest beaches and taxi traveling times for the following ports of call: