Cruise Excursion Reviews

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If Alan and I counted up the number of cruise excursions that we’ve experienced, it would total into the hundreds. Good, bad, not so good, the best—booked with the cruise line or independently—our cruise excursion reviews give you an idea of what to expect.


These shore excursion reports are based on our first-hand travel experiences—boomer travelers who’ve been there, or those of hand-picked guest writers. We find that reading an account from someone who’s been there and done that is the glimpse we need when choosing what to do in port. You will, too!

Should you book shore excursions with the cruise line?

My answer is—that depends. There are some places in the world where I prefer that the cruise line be responsible for my tours, especially in third-world countries or off-the-beaten types of destinations.

In well-visited major ports, you may find a better deal by booking a tour on your own. Keep in mind that if you miss the ship, it’s your responsibility to get yourself to the next port.

If you prefer booking private shore excursions or group ones—but with a guide—we recommend checking out the shore excursions at Viator or the guided experiences at Get Your Guide. Both companies are good places to purchase skip-the-line tours if you are traveling independently.

Since January 2008, we’ve shared our cruise excursion experiences with you. And there are a lot more to come!

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