What’s my least favorite part of preparing for a cruise? Booking the shore excursions! Seventeen years ago, when Alan and I first began cruising, excursions weren’t booked until we were onboard. But now it’s all done online before the cruise. And popular excursions sell out before the cruise even begins, which means that we sometimes must request to be on a waiting list.
So this week, Alan and I sat in front of my laptop to book excursions for Hong Kong to Vancouver on Seabourn Sojourn. But before hitting purchase, I checked the terms and conditions. Uh-oh. Any cancellations made during the cruise will revert to shipboard credit. What if it’s a day or two before the cruise ends? Or what if we cancel several excursions but don’t want to use the credit for spa treatments or special bottles of wine?
Not liking what we read, Alan and I decided to book a couple of excursions at the very beginning of the cruise and then plan as we go. Later, when confirmation of the two shore excursion purchases arrived in my email box, there was a notation that at the end of the cruise, if a shipboard credit from a cancellation went unused, the purser would refund the amount to the passenger. If we had know that, we might have purchased the rest of those excursions. Although dealing with any that we cancelled onboard (and we do that sometimes) sounds like an accounting nightmare to us. I can just see Alan now checking interim onboard statements to track it all. Who wants to do that on vacation?
Does it make me a little nervous to be sailing on a 42-day cruise with only two excursions planned? A little. This will certainly be a test of our flexibility! Stay tuned for how it all works out.
Well, I’m off for a few weeks to spend some time with family. We’ll be roadtripping through the Florida Keys and I’m so excited, I could bust! Have you been? If you have any tips for me, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page! I’ll read them while on the road!
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