Godsall - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 23:12)

The best advice I can give is when you get into a port, don't go on an excursion, explain to the recognised taxi drivers that are by the port side, that you husband is unsteady on his feet, and what can they offer as an exciting trip with least walking, haggle for a fixed price, and you will enjoy the trip. Most of them are very helpful but do take you to known spots for buying purpose (some income slipped in their pocket as an extra). Do get to know there name and pass on other frriends and family, if they are going in the future. Main thing is to be firm and asertive. Enjoy your holiday.

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Noakes - Answered a Question by Smith (05 Feb 09 22:37)

I would advise booking on ship as you have their knowledge and if there is any problems you have a direct contact to go back to.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 07:04)

I would take the opposite view just to confuse things even more. If you feel that Hubby might have difficulty keeping up with the lollipop, I would go by taxi at your own pace, knowing you can stop, start, rest or return early to the ship. You have not said your ports of call, but every taxi driver in every cruise port in the world knows the ships tours by heart so no problem there......Good Luck Wilba.

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Burton - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 18:12)

I have to say I agree with Wilba. My husband is quite a few years older than me and he is also unsteady walking. We've just returned from the Princess Panama Canal cruise and most of the excursions were up to nine hours duration. This is far too long for me let alone my hubby. We did our own thing at each port at a fraction of the cost. There is so much choice once you arrive at the port and on one occasion we hired a taxi driver for the day. He took us to many more places than the excursions, stopped, waited for us and started again when we were ready and most importantly like Wiba says, you can return to the ship when you feel you've had enough. They know all the places to go. Have a great time wherever it is you're going!.............Diane.

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Lucas - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 22:48)

The Princess Cruises shore excursions brochures and the on-line booking pages provide reasonably accurate information about the level of activity required to participate in their excursions. It is difficult to offer definitive advice, without knowing which ports the ship will visit. In many places, a taxi would probably be a viable option. This would certainly apply to many places in Europe, the USA, Canada and some South American countries. For some other countries, it would probably be safer to book with the ship. In any case, I am sure the tours desk on the ship would be able to tell you whether a particular tour would be suitable for your husband. Princess Cruises operate a flexible cancellation policy - and it will cost you nothing to pre-book excursions before you depart from the UK. They will charge the cost to your cabin account and Princess allow passengers to cancel without penalty, up to 48 hours prior to the date of the excursion.

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Green - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 22:54)

Tricky one! I would tend to disagree with the person who said to book on the ship as, by the time you get there, many excursions are sold out. I would pay close attention to the information in the excursions booklet regarding the level of exertion required and only choose the "sedentary" options. You can see from the length of the trip whether it may be beyond your capabilities, but bear in mind that often much of the length of the trip is actually sitting on the bus, getting to the destination. The great advantage of going with the ship's excursions is that, if ANYTHING goes wrong, the ship knows exactly where you are or supposed to be and they can deal with the excursion company. Although these excursions are often more expension than you can achieve by yourself (for instance, by just hiring a taxi or something), you have NO protection if you go off on your own. I think you need to study the excursion details, go only for sedentary, and not be too worried if a lot of the time is actually on the bus. You are the only ones who know how many hours you can cope with. If your husband has problems with being out and about for several hours, let alone the walking, you should consider going it alone. However, you SHOULD be able to find excursions listed which may be strictly limited to bus tours and not involve walking at all. Remember, getting on and off buses may be a problem for your husband, though. Good luck! I can give more info on Med. ports and options if you want to reply.

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Bridges - Answered a Question by Smith (06 Feb 09 23:29)

Hi i have been cruising now for more than15 years and as i am disabled and can only at most walk10 yards i now take my small buggy that strips down to 4 peices the heaviest part is 11 kilos i have allways found the crew on the fred olson line very helpfull i have Sterling little gem buggy range about 8 miles i beleave you can hire them localy hope this helps regards rod bridges.

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Neal - Answered a Question by Smith (07 Feb 09 09:07)

Taxi, ALMOST always. Those at the port know the ships' excursions and if you wish can take you to the same places - at your pace, but taking no longer than the coach. Taxi is so much quicker between stops. And hubby may be slow to get in and out of taxi - but not as slow as 50 people getting on or off a coach! Especially if they're held up queuing for the ladies, or a dozen other reasons. The coach driver has his schedule but your taxi driver runs to yours , whether you want or need more time or want less. And you can skip places and put in others, possibly at your driver's suggestion. Because getting back on time is your responsibility, it might be an idea to start out reasonably early (not silly early), and leave sights near the ship til last so you can skip them if you are delayed on your tour, but the taxi drivers know the score. And its unlikely to cost more than two excursion tickets, but be sure to agree an approx return time and price before you get in. There are caveats - mebbe a port where taxis aren't allowed to wait-up inside the port gate, or a place can only be appreciated with a guide. or mebbe a boat trip. If you list the ports, you may get more accurate advice - and more people will see it if you do it as a fresh question rather than as an add-on to this question. Have a great cruise. Chris .

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Neal - replied to Neal (07 Feb 09 09:50)

............and just noticed the reply from our colonial cousin (hi, we've got snow at the moment, but I bet you've got more!) who says excursions are often sold out in advance. Sorry to disagree, but in my experience that applies mainly to excursions with very limited spaces, like a trip in a hot air balloon or racing yacht, whereas if there's high demand for coach tours, they simply rub their hands with glee & order up another couple of coaches. Chris.

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Jones - Answered a Question by Smith (07 Feb 09 13:10)

I did a Med cruse on Ventura last year . I also have problems with walking, and would advise you to take the trips if you can afford them. Taxis are not always available at the dockside, and can be expensive . Also the coaches can be relied upon to get you back to the ship on time Just check that the tour itself is not too strenuous.

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