Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Jones (07 Nov 08 20:20)

No idea, without some research, what your itinerary is....please advise. ... Neil .

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Jones (09 Nov 08 16:52)

I'm afraid that is a ruse by the cruise line to scare you into buying their overpriced shore excursions - you can do your own thing in any port, anywhere in the world. Google will become your friend ifyou want to start research - you will find there are some excellant alternative cruising websites out there that have all the info you need.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Jones (09 Nov 08 16:55)

I am afraid that is the cruse line trying to scare you into taking their overpriced shore excusions - and you have fallen for it - you do not have to take the ships excursions at any port, anywhere. Use the internet to reseach what you can do on each island - have you ever looked at tripadvisor for example?

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Vockings - Answered a Question by Jones (10 Nov 08 21:15)

Depending on where you are going, having been on three carribean cruises with Princess, I have almost always found that it is much cheaper to do stuff on your own. Booking tours is a major part of the company's revenue.Look at the pre-booking part of the cruise line's website and then do a websearch. Many places have set tourist rates for tours in licensed taxis so you feel safe and you end up seeing all the people from the ship being herded on and off their coaches at the very same places that you have paid half the price to go to!Nothing beats that smug feeling!!And you get to go at your own pace,not stop for endless toilet breaks, and not have to wait for half an hour whilst some people go crazy buying a load of old tat in the tourist trap shops!One exception is if you go to Aruba then DePalm Island is half the price by booking independently in advance but they won't let you because they will fall foul of Princess and they don't want to lose their custom.The only time I would book with the ship would be if the destination was a long long way away from the ship as you are guaranteed not to get left behind if your coach gets a puncture etc.Always leave plenty of time for your return to the ship! And don't be scare-mongered into only buying jewellery etc from a Princess Recommended shop-they are no better, they have just paid Princess a few thousand dollars for the privilege of being mentioned.You are going at the best time of year-remember a brolly for the short but frequent showers though.

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