Rome (full day) was just over £ 70 per adult, half that for kids. Livorno - we did half day to Puccini Lake and Pisa, £40 per adult, again half that for kids. All trips were around this price bracket, but very well organised. Do some research on your ports before you go - you can quite easily do your own thing, as the ship or port lays on a shuttle bus at each port, and provides a map of the town. Just remember to be back 30 mins before the ship sails!
Thanks Hogey. I think i will take the Livorno excursion but possibley find my own way around on the remaining stops.
Have just done this itinery on the Destiny and did Rome and the Coliseum ( which was £52 each ) and Florence and Pisa , well worth doing and also Nice & Monaco and Monte Carlo.
They are not cheap but the guides were very good and informative and their are a large number of different trips around Rome.
At the welcome meeting you are told about all the trips and prices and are also shown a video. You are also informed as to whether they have a lot of walking involved which is useful for people with limited walking. When you embark onto the ship there is a package in your cabin with all the details about the excursions. I would assume this is the same for all the Thomson ships as I have travelled on the Emerald before and it was exactly the same. The ship also does not now dock in Livorno but Marina de Carrera which is much more Picturesque.
I would certainly recommend using the organised trips if you can afford it as if there are any problems with getting back to the ship if you are on a Thomson organised trip then the boat cannot sail without you , this is not the case if you are delayed on a trip you arrange yourself.
Our coach returning from Monte Carlo broke down and we had to wait for another to pick us up but this was organised swiftly and meant that we arrived back in time for the last tender to the ship ( we were assured that if we had still been later the tenders would have waited unitl we had all arrived back ). Thomson would not have sailed without the 45 passengers it had on the trip so for our own piece of mind we would always use the organised trips ubt we do budget for this in our holiday cost. The Thomson website also lists the trips but there have been some new ones added on so read all the literature you are given and have a great cruise!