Cruise Tips For Cruise Travel At Your Ports Of Call
Cruise travel is one of the best vacations you can take. During
your cruise vacation you will visit several different ports of call.
Your cruise ship will dock at exotic islands or new countries almost
on a daily basis. Check out the cruise reviews on line for cruise
tips before you visit your destinations to find out what fantastic
experience each port has to offer.
During your cruise vacation you will visit ports to shop, explore,
beach, sightsee or hike. There are a wide variety of activities
in each cruise destination. Or you could just depart the ship for
a chance to walk around for a change of pace. Although this is a
great cruise adventure, you should realize that you will only get
a small sample of what each port of call has to offer. And be forewarned,
as you step of your majestic cruise ship there will be hordes of
natives trying to sell you a trinket or a tour around the city.
If you take the advice above and search the cruise reviews, you
should have a pretty good idea what each destination has to offer.
Choose the one that has the most encompassing tour of your port.
In exotic ports they have full day tours, including lunch, that
will take you to the highlights of the place you are visiting. This
is an ideal way to sample the city or island getting ideas for what
you may want to come back for at a later date. On island tours you
may want to take an organized tour in the morning, go back to the
ship for lunch, then light out on your own to explore more fully,
shop or just go to the beach.
If you are more adventuresome, skip the lunch on board and dine
in the city. You get to experience the local cuisine and soak up
the native culture. This is your vacation, learn new and different
things. If you chose to do this check with the cruise director for
the best places to dine and make sure you know the exchange rate.
On of the cruise tips is to put your meal on a charge card so you
will be charged the exchange rate on the day the bill hits the credit
A cruise tip that is very useful is to use the brochure that the
ship gives you for their organized tour and follow it on your own.
Only do this if you are comfortable with the country you are visiting.
If it is your first time overseas to a port of call, it is best
to stick with the organized tour for safety and convenience. Other
cruise tips can be found online about some of the wonderful things
to see and do in various ports of call. Be conscious of one thing,
if you chose to explore on your own, know what time the ship leaves
and how long it will take you to get back on board. If you are not
on an organized tour it is your responsibility to get back on time
or the ship will leave without you. You then have to meet the ship
at the next port of call at your own expense.
If you opt for an organized tour sponsored by the cruise ship,
it should cost you anywhere from $20.00 to over $200.00 depending
on what you choose to do. It could be just a simple bus ride around
town for two hours or a two day trip from St. Petersburg, Russia
to Moscow. The options are endless.
Most cruise lines will let you book in advance on their websites.
This is very convenient and helpful with tours that sell out quickly.
For instances, in the Cayman Islands the Stingray City tour is very
popular and will sell out. If you book it in advance you guarantee
your spot. The more inexpensive tours also tend to sell out because
of some cruisers watching their budgets. So, don't miss out, check
out the cruise lines website to see if you can book your ticket
It is good to know the game plan that the tour offers. Things you
should be aware of is how much the guide will be with you and do
they speak English clearly. Mostly the cruise lines have very competent
tour guides, but better safe than sorry. Will have any time on your
like for shopping or stopping in a caf ? It is very important to
find out how much physical activity is required before you sign
on for any tour. If you have limited mobility you don't want to
go on a tour that climbs the Acropolis in Athens or Dunns River
Falls in Jamaica. Find out if a snack or lunch is provided, so if
it isn't you can bring along adequate funds to get your own.
There are private touring companies that you can contact on your
own if you wish to tour in a more private fashion. Another alternative
is to buddy up with some fellow cruisers and share taxi tours to
cut your expense in half. Many times you will meet people on a cruise
that have similar interests and you will spend a lot of time together
on the cruise ship, why not touring also? It's a way to save money
and enjoy other passengers company.
Only hire licensed taxi drivers. Their credentials should be prominently
displayed in the front of the cab. With a licensed driver you are
ensured a safe trip and a guide who is knowledgeable about the islands
or cities background, where to shop, eat or gamble. And of course
they will know the best beaches available. Negotiate the price of
your tour up front. If you chose to go to a destination where you
will be dropped off for a couple of hours, negotiate with the driver
to come back and pick you up. Settle on a price and pay half up
front and half on the way back. If the driver has been helpful and
friendly, please tip him or her.
Some cruisers like to rent cars in their ports of call. It is recommended
that you only do this in destinations that you are familiar with
and have a good knowledge of where you are going. Be careful when
renting a car. Be sure to check out the entire car for any damages
that may already be there and note them on your rental contract.
If you fail to do this you may be charged for damage that was already
Lastly, use common sense when touring. Don't travel in dark tight
alleys, put your money under your clothes, don't wear expensive
jewelry and don't let yourself be surrounded, especially by children.
Always carry identification and the name of the cruise lines agents
in the port of call in case you get in trouble.
You are on a cruise vacation make the best of it. Get off the ship
at all of your ports of call whether you are touring or are just
poking around. Be sure to take lots of pictures so you will have
years of beautiful cruise travel memories.
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