Cruise ships usually offer shore excursions that can be booked for an additional fee. These can be more expensive than going with a 3rd party, since the cruise line takes a cut. Is there a list of companies offering shore excursions in the Western Caribbean? Anyone have experience with a tour operator in particular in this region?
Hah! I'm getting to re-use cruising tips I wrote almost ten years ago. Yay for recycled material!
There are generally two reasons to book your trips through the cruise line:
There's one other reason to go with cruise line tours: one of the nicest parts of cruising is the instant community that arises, and it's fun hanging out with some of the same people off the ship, too.
Yeah, the excursions are expensive. But hey, how often do you get a chance to take a helicopter to a glacier and then walk around? I did it on my first trip to Alaska, and while I feel no urge to do it again, it was a great experience and one that I'm happy I did.