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    Has anyone purchased the Oceania package for excursions? If so, did you think it was good value. I understand the excursions are unlimited. Beryl

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    Originally posted by B&D, Shepton Mallet View Post
    Has anyone purchased the Oceania package for excursions? If so, did you think it was good value. I understand the excursions are unlimited. Beryl
    Hi, Are you asking about the 'Unlimited Passport Collection' which is advertised as ' Unlimited Shore Excursions throughout your voyage, all for one low price? '

    I don't have any experience of the package, but I imagine Oceania's interpretation of 'one low price', would slightly differ from mine. I suppose it depends on whether you think it would be value for money

    If you purchase a package, would you have to take an excursion every day to justify the cost? Many ports of call can be explored independently, far cheaper than the cost of a ship's tour. If your itinerary is visiting an area with poor local transport facilities, a package could perhaps be useful.

    Personally, whatever the cost, it is unlikely to appeal to me, as I don't enjoy being herded around as part of a group tour.

    Happy cruising!

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      #3
      Hi Blondie, yes that is the package I was referring to. I only came across it yesterday so have no idea what the cost would be. We don't usualy take ships excursions because we also don't like being herded around. As we are considering the Baltic at the moment, I thought perhaps, ships excursions might be worth considering. Beryl

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        Originally posted by B&D, Shepton Mallet View Post
        Hi Blondie, yes that is the package I was referring to. I only came across it yesterday so have no idea what the cost would be. We don't usualy take ships excursions because we also don't like being herded around. As we are considering the Baltic at the moment, I thought perhaps, ships excursions might be worth considering. Beryl
        Hi Beryl,

        It would be interesting to find out the cost.

        When I've visited the Baltic in the past, I've used Alla Tours, one of the specialist Russian tour operators. They arrange a group visa for St Petersburg, their guides are very knowledgeable and the groups are much smaller.

        I don't know which ports you will be visiting, but I found Tallin, Rija, Vilnius, Gdansk and Helsinki easily walkable.

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          #5
          Another vote for Alla Tours. You book on line but pay nothing until you join your tour on your second day, travel in air conditioned minibuses with excellent guides and no waiting at each attraction for a coach load of passengers to unload/load. Your visa is arranged for you and their organisation and service is first class. You will not be disappointed in a Baltic cruise but remember to take spare camera memory cards to record the wonderful sites.
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            #6
            how many ports? how long in each port(long enough for 2x1/2 day trips ifschedules allow)

            most important HOW MUCH

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              #7
              Many thanks for the replies. I have heard of Alla tours but didn't know that they arrange group visas. That sounds to be like a better alternative than a ships excursion. Beryl

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                #8
                I've just found some 2013 posts on this subject. One person was saying that it works out at about 100 dollars a day per person. Another saying 2749 dollars per person for 25 day cruise. I guess it's probably worked out on the number of ports rather than the length of cruise. Expensive! Beryl

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by B&D, Shepton Mallet View Post
                  I've just found some 2013 posts on this subject. One person was saying that it works out at about 100 dollars a day per person. Another saying 2749 dollars per person for 25 day cruise. I guess it's probably worked out on the number of ports rather than the length of cruise. Expensive! Beryl
                  Thanks Beryl. As I thought, you would have to spend all day, every day, on a tour, in order to try and break even.

                  Apart from St Petersburg, I think you could do most ports independently, or join up with another couple and share a taxi. Have fun!

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                    #10
                    I'm probably the wrong person to be posting as I dislike being corralled on ship tours, but for their fans I can see this might save a bit of money - the standalone prices of Oceania's excursions are absolutely extortionate

                    That said, if the cruise includes St Pete's I wouldn't even consider anyone other than Alla - people rave about them for good reason - and many of the other ports are very easy to DIY

                    Cheers,
                    Lynn

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                      #11
                      Alla tours

                      Originally posted by Mitchell Derby, Derby View Post
                      I'm probably the wrong person to be posting as I dislike being corralled on ship tours, but for their fans I can see this might save a bit of money - the standalone prices of Oceania's excursions are absolutely extortionate

                      That said, if the cruise includes St Pete's I wouldn't even consider anyone other than Alla - people rave about them for good reason - and many of the other ports are very easy to DIY

                      Cheers,
                      Lynn
                      We have used Alla tours and found them amazing, there were six of us I a mini bus with an excellent guide. We did the two day extensive tour and recommend them unreservedly.

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                        #12
                        We have just booked to go on Oceania Riviera at the end of June. I have looked at the excursions as I really want to see the lavender fields in Provence an have not seen anything we could do independently. The prices really are expensive and not worth the cost. It is our first cruise with Oceania. I hope we have done the right thing.

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                          #13
                          We have also used Alla Tours when we sailed with Royal Caribbean. We were first off the ship and were greeted with a smile by customs!! It was an extensive tour (2 days) by minibus, and Hydrofoil to the Palace, We never queued to get in anywhere, our guide Helen went straight to the front and said excuse me in Russian and English or the back entrance when we went to the Amber palace and the whole 2 days (pay the 2nd day) seeing everything was about the same as 1 trip by ship. ( We had our bill done in Roubles on Credit Card much better rate than dollars.Air conditioned minibus, fab.

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                            #14
                            It is our first cruise with Oceania. I hope we have done the right thing

                            Trust me, she's absolutely stunning; I'll be amazed if you don't come back raving about it

                            About the lavender fields, I'm wondering which port you'll be in? If it's Marseilles (I know they often visit there) try googling Aix / Lavender trips which combine both - I'm sure there are plenty more, but just one example is below ...

                            http://www.viator.com/tours/Marseille/Provence-Lavender-Fields-and-Aix-en-Provence-Tour-from-Marseille/d485-3547LAVENDERTOUR

                            PS Forgot to say that Oceania's port visits tend to be much longer than some others, often staying on until the evening; if this is the case here, I really do believe you'll be able to fit something in

                            Cheers,
                            Lynn
                            Last edited by Mitchell Derby, Derby; 17th March 2015, 04:50 PM.

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