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This will be our first cruise. We are looking at several Princess sponsored excursions. Is tax included in the price or is that an additional charge? Do we need to tip in addition and, if so, what is customary? Thanks. Trying to budget what we will need.

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Any taxes are included. It is customary to tip the tour provider however that is strictly an individual decision based on the service you feel you received.

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This will be our first cruise. We are looking at several Princess sponsored excursions. Is tax included in the price or is that an additional charge? Do we need to tip in addition and, if so, what is customary? Thanks. Trying to budget what we will need.

 

The price that is on the excursion has already included the taxes. If your bus driver, guide, etc. does a really good job then maybe a tip would be nice. That is totally up to you whether to tip and how much. Each person sees this differently.

 

Marilyn

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There are no extra charges for Princess excursions. They include admission to any attactions you visit. Just have a few dollars for the driver and/or guide.

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This will be our first cruise. We are looking at several Princess sponsored excursions. Is tax included in the price or is that an additional charge? Do we need to tip in addition and, if so, what is customary? Thanks. Trying to budget what we will need.

 

You might want to research private tour companies. THere are many reputable companies that advertise and book thru the internet with rave reviews here. Best of all they are good for your budget as they offer far more for what you might pay for a princess shore excursion.

 

Of course you must get over the fear/FUD about the being left behind :D

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One advantage of booking excursions through the cruise line is the ease of cancellation -- technically 24 hours (more realistically 48 hours) before the date of excursion. And if you book on-line, it will get charged to your shipboard account after you board and not to the credit card when you book. This being your first cruise, excursions booked through the cruiseline (Princess) are much more tension free. When you are on the ship ask your dining tablemates about their excursions. Sometimes one can then just join them in just taking a cab/van or hook up with their "independently" arranged excursions and cancel your cruiseline excursion. Find the roll call on Cruise Critic for your cruise. There may also be a lot of discussion about excursions there. And also look at the Ports of Call section on cruise critic for ideas.

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Some of the drivers/ guides are extra-special & we always give them a bigger tip.

Steve

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This will be our first cruise. We are looking at several Princess sponsored excursions. Is tax included in the price or is that an additional charge? Do we need to tip in addition and, if so, what is customary? Thanks. Trying to budget what we will need.

 

Have you joined a roll call for your cruise? This is a good way to find out more about private shore excursions as your fellow passengers may be organizing these in ports you'll visit. Experienced cruisers may be able to provide information about past excursions that they've taken in some ports and will provide you with details.

 

Just go to the Princess Roll Call link, find your ship, then the date of your sailing. If you don't find a roll call already in progress for your cruise, feel free to start one yourself :) You must be logged in to access roll calls.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=106

 

 

Bon Voyage!

Chris

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One advantage of booking excursions through the cruise line is the ease of cancellation -- technically 24 hours (more realistically 48 hours) before the date of excursion. And if you book on-line, it will get charged to your shipboard account after you board and not to the credit card when you book. This being your first cruise, excursions booked through the cruiseline (Princess) are much more tension free. When you are on the ship ask your dining tablemates about their excursions. Sometimes one can then just join them in just taking a cab/van or hook up with their "independently" arranged excursions and cancel your cruiseline excursion. Find the roll call on Cruise Critic for your cruise. There may also be a lot of discussion about excursions there. And also look at the Ports of Call section on cruise critic for ideas.

 

Most of the larger independents are very flexible and have similar cancelation policies. In my case all 6 private tour I booked permit cancelations on relative short notice. Barring illness on trip I couldn't see why I might cancel but could with no fee, no different then ship excursions.

 

It is true as you get on the boat and go to their excursion info sessons and talk to people that what you orginally planned versus what you finally want to do may change. But that is the beauty of the private driver/guide, if you want to change its your's to change. With the ship tours you only have that "fixed" itinerary got to worry about it selling out etc. etc.

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Most of the larger independents are very flexible and have similar cancelation policies. In my case all 6 private tour I booked permit cancelations on relative short notice. Barring illness on trip I couldn't see why I might cancel but could with no fee, no different then ship excursions.

 

It is true as you get on the boat and go to their excursion info sessons and talk to people that what you orginally planned versus what you finally want to do may change. But that is the beauty of the private driver/guide, if you want to change its your's to change. With the ship tours you only have that "fixed" itinerary got to worry about it selling out etc. etc.

For a first time cruiser, it makes sense to take the ship's excursions since you are taken care of and don't have to worry about anything. Also, since we don't know where the OP is cruising, there are some ports where you perhaps should take ship's excursions. It's not cut and dried that one is always better than the other.

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There are no extra charges for Princess excursions. They include admission to any attactions you visit. Just have a few dollars for the driver and/or guide.

And I would add..... for snacks, drinks, and souvenirs (if desired).

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