Cruising is a kaleidoscope of unforgettable cruising moments. Each moment can be made incredible, and it does not need to cost you a lot. Really? That is a resounding affirmative, that it can be affordable if cruisers are mindful of the cruising extras.
What do the cruising-extras include? The fine dining experiences, and cruise excursions, which may involve high-adventure activities, sight-seeing, or just pure relaxation.
The entire cruising experience can get mundane were it not for the exciting cruise excursions. However, cruise excursion prices can get expensive. It has long been known that the excursions curated by the cruise lines are higher than third-party shore excursions. So, it would make a lot of sense to book your own shore excursion, through a website, or a credit card rewards program.
How to get started? The internet is a treasure-chest of information with excellent excursion options. And, there are quite a few websites that have a well-planned itinerary and detailed reviews. To start with, it is best to research these websites to get good leads, before settling for the third-party.
Pros and Cons
1) Affordable excursions: Cruisers can indulge in more activities at a lower cost. The tours could range from as little as $15-$25 per person and include activities from jeep safaris to glacier trekking.
2) Travel with a close-knit group: One can travel with a small group, friends, and family. The advantage of exclusive shore excursion can be both intimate and fun.
3) Syncing up with the cruise line departures and refunds: On the downside, the third-party shore excursion would need to be perfectly synced up with the cruise line departures from the port, so that you don’t miss the ship. Also, in case the cruise line does not make it on a specific port, then the refund for the same is made if you go with the cruise line excursion, which isn’t the case with the third-party.
So, Choose the shore excursions wisely, and have a fun-time cruising.