When you book a cruise, you’re sure to have the route and cities you will visit clear in your mind, but what happens when the boat pulls in to that first port of call? The cruise line will be offering guided trips ashore, and with little time available to see the sights, it’s a tempting option. It can also be an expensive one however, adding hundreds of pounds to your holiday, so make sure you prepare in advance.
If you haven’t got time or the inclination to read up on your destinations and work out an ‘action plan’, you can pre-book excursions with a new online company called Cruising Excursions (www.cruisingexcursions.com), recently chosen as ‘Website of the Week’ by the Daily Mail.
Currently limited to Europe but promising major Caribbean and American port excursions soon, the website is easy to use and advertises pre-bookable excursions with lower prices than the cruise lines. For example, good budget trips include a four-hour tour of Barcelona for £25 per person and a four-hour tour of Venice for £30 per person. These are indeed cheaper than similar tours booked through major cruise lines and there are also some reasonably priced tours on offer that are not available through the cruise companies. You are promised a refund if for any reason the ship fails to visit your chosen destination.
So take a look at this new web site if you’re going on a cruise this summer. If you’re the type of person who likes a little guidance, it could save you quite a lot of money.