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    Saving a few bob

    As a result of something that cropped up on another thread, I thought I would start up a specific topic on saving money by considering DIY excursions at some ports, as an alternative to taking a ship's excursion.

    I've noticed on many a review and on the forum generally, expressions of horror and disdain at the cost of some excursions.

    I realise of course, that some people are nervous about going ashore and doing their own thing, in case something goes wrong and worry that the ship might sail without them.

    I also appreciate that it takes a bit of time to research ports of call and the possible options when doing a DIY excursion.

    There are those that would rather pay more money and just sit back and be escorted when ashore.

    However, for those to whom extra costs could make all the difference between whether to cruise again or not; with careful time planning (always aim to get back to the ship at least 2 hours before she sails) and asking questions either on here or on the net, you could indeed 'save a few bob'.

    We have taken advice on every cruise we have done so far-mostly from the sages on this forum -you know who you are;).
    As a result, we have not only saved ourselves money but have also seen more by going it alone and without the hassle of piling on and off coaches.

    Just a thought.
    Jill

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    Jill, it's a fact that if you are staying in a hotel and book a excursion not dissimilar to many of the cruise excursions (let's say a city tour) they can cost half the price of the cruise equivalent.

    Cruise excursions are DEFINITELY very overpriced! They are exploiting their captive audience, playing of convenience, lack of port information and some people lack of confidence.
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      #3
      Jill,
      I only have one cruise experience to draw upon (but many many port visits in the Royal Navy to compare with). Last year in the Med we deliberately used ship excursions if there was a fair distance to travel...i.e. to get to Pisa/Florence and Rome. On both trips we still did our own thing on arrival and only used the transport. Everywhere else we did our own thing. Gib/Barcelona/Cadiz/Monte Carlo were easy to navigate around as I had been to some of the places before.

      Our next trip will be different again and I will certainly "hand-pick" from the experience gained from this forum the "must-dos" and where possible the DIY trips. I agree the ships excursions are over-priced.
      Regards
      PM
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      OCEANA 7-21 Aug 2010
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        #4
        On my recent cruise aboard RCC IOS, I decided to do ROME on my own by train from the port of Civitavecchia, which is where the cruise ships normally dock.
        Civitavecchia Station is only a approx 10 minute walk from the Port entrance.
        The train ticket you need to ask for is a BIRG, it covers 5 Travel Zones, and only costs 9 Euros return, the ticket can also be used on the Metro and buses in Rome.
        The journey is approx 80/90 minutes long, there are approx 3 trains per hour and it is extremely easy to do.
        If you are planning this trip, here are a few sites with very useful information.

        Civitavecchia to Rome by Train - Rome for Visitors

        Italian Trains and Ports for Cruise Ship Passengers

        FCO to Civitavecchia by Train

        Rome Metro Trains - Using Rome's Metro With Subway Map

        Using Rome's Cruise Port Civitavecchia

        Detailed city map of Rome, street map

        ItalyGuides.it: Rome Map - Interactive map of Rome Italy
        Last edited by Delboy, Essex; 21st February 2011, 01:51 PM.
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          #5
          Originally posted by Delboy, Essex View Post
          On my recent cruise aboard RCC IOS, I decided to do ROME on my own by train from the port of Civitavecchia, which is where the cruise ships normally dock.
          Civitavecchia Station is only a approx 10 minute walk from the Port entrance.
          The train ticket you need to ask for is a BIRG, it covers 5 Travel Zones, and only costs 9 Euros return, the ticket can also be used on the Metro and buses in Rome.
          The journey is approx 80/90 minutes long, there are approx 3 trains per hour and it is extremely easy to do.
          If you are planning this trip, here are a few sites with very useful information.

          Civitavecchia to Rome by Train - Rome for Visitors

          Italian Trains and Ports for Cruise Ship Passengers

          FCO to Civitavecchia by Train

          Rome Metro Trains - Using Rome's Metro With Subway Map

          Using Rome's Cruise Port Civitavecchia

          Detailed city map of Rome, street map

          ItalyGuides.it: Rome Map - Interactive map of Rome Italy
          Good links. I haven't read them yet so maybe this info has already been given.
          It's a good idea to consider stopping at S. Pietro for the Vatican instead of going on to Termini. You save about 20 min. However, it pays to get the return train from Termini to be sure of getting a seat. The platform for the Civitavecchia train is on a platform some 15 min away from the main entrance.
          Another good site is Europe Port Reviews. The one of Rome gives very detailed info of getting to Rome from Civitavecchia.
          When we take a train somewhere, we make it a point not to take the last possible train back. If something goes wrong you still have another possible train to catch.
          I regularly post on Trip Advisor. It's a very good site to find out info on the various ports. Many (Malta included) have FAQ about cruise passengers on short stops. It's like this site but for land vacations with forums for all the different destinations.

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            #6
            As a single traveller, I usually use the tours as I tend to go further afield that way. I am not any good at languages, so trying to get a taxi driver to take me somewhere would be a headache and would cost me more than a group or a couple would.
            EDNA

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              #7
              Do loads of research on your ports in the preceding months and make a short list of possible places of interest. Download maps etc

              Also, when the excursion brochure arrives, read it carefully to see where they consider to be worthwhile places to visit.

              Then armed with all this info, you can make an action plan....
              Meg

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                #8
                Originally posted by Malcolm Oliver, Essex View Post
                Jill, it's a fact that if you are staying in a hotel and book a excursion not dissimilar to many of the cruise excursions (let's say a city tour) they can cost half the price of the cruise equivalent.

                Cruise excursions are DEFINITELY very overpriced! They are exploiting their captive audience, playing of convenience, lack of port information and some people lack of confidence.
                Absolutely Malcolm and the point of this thread is to make people think about the alternatives before booking ship excursions- should they want to save money of course.;)
                Jill

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                  #9
                  I'm not a big fan of ship booked excursions and I agree many of them are over priced.

                  If you are travelling as a party of 4 then it is often easy to undercut the ships offering but you still need to do some research.

                  We wanted to take Oliver to Lora Park in Tenerife and researched the option of DIY before we travelled. It turned out that the ships offering delivered this excursion cheaper than 4 of us getting a taxi and paying the entrance fee.

                  I would admit that this is the one and only example I can remember.

                  Good topic Jill.

                  Vinny
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                    #10
                    I look upon the DIY tour from the point of view of pleasure, the fact I save a shed load of money is a bonus. The thought of getting on and off a coach with 50 or 60 others horrifies me. Herding, shepherding and following the lollipop is just not my idea of fun........Wilba
                    Wilba

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                      #11
                      Hi Vinny, on our latest cruise in June on Grand Princess(complete with refit!) we are "doing" the fjiords and North Cape. Being fed up with the vastly overpriced ships excursions we are more or less going to do our own thing this time. Have you or anyone else for that matter done this itinery and what would they recommend? I have researched the different ports of call already and usually base my intentions on how near the cruise berth is from the towns being visited. However, I understand that there are 2 terminals in Tromso and it is difficult to ascertain which one is being used by large ships such as GP. Have you any info on this please? Good cruising!!!

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                          #13
                          Hi Brian, that is very useful info thanks. Sure sounds good to me as I dislike being herded about on cruise excursions and we want to do our own thing spending more time at places we really like.
                          Peter(Benson)

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                            #14
                            Peter,
                            If you want to visit the North Cape from Honningsvaag, you really have to do a ships excursion. Its only a small fishing village with virtually no buses or taxis, certainly not enough for a cruise ship.
                            Brian

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Wilba View Post
                              I look upon the DIY tour from the point of view of pleasure, the fact I save a shed load of money is a bonus. The thought of getting on and off a coach with 50 or 60 others horrifies me. Herding, shepherding and following the lollipop is just not my idea of fun........Wilba
                              I couldn't agree more.

                              From my own experience, we have saved much time as well as money by not doing a ship's tour.
                              Apart from the herding on and off coaches, you have to gather at an assembly point to disembark the ship, by which time we are usually long gone.
                              Jill

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