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Excursions booked through the cruise line are often marked up quite a bit due to the fees the tour companies pay to the cruise line. Your best bet is to research the ports you're sailing in to and find a well-reviewed independent company that offers similar excursions, often for much less money. They often have enough experience with the cruise lines to ...


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Going with a cruise line is an exception to the rule that you need a visa. Basically, Russia uses the visa requirement to control the inflow of visitors. But if you are with a cruise line that has ALREADY submitted to Russian controls, you are effectively "controlled." The cruise line will only organize tours/excursions approved by the Russian government, ...


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Actually, this is one exception where an organized "shore excursion" works better than venturing out on your own. In other words, you will be better served taking the tour with the cruise line. The cruise line takes care of the paperwork involving the entry visa. We disembarked at St. Petersburg with the cruise company and had the visa taken care of, ...


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Given that the answer I wrote here actually fits this question better, I might as well post it again There are generally two reasons to book your trips through the cruise line: Not missing the ship If you go on an excursion arranged through the cruise line, and they return late, you're guaranteed that the ship won't leave until you return. If you go on ...


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When I book tours, I research who the tour is actually with and then go to the company website to check their prices. I have found that when I booked directly with the company that I wanted to do a tour with, they ended up being cheaper than if I went through the cruise line or another tour booking agency. Also, a lot of tours even come with guides so you ...


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You DO NOT need a Russian visa if you book for shore excursions through ANY licensed tour operator (absolutely not necessarily through the cruise line). Smaller tour operators offer better services and more personal care. You can have a look at the tour operator Tour De Force or any other - I have been working in the shore excursions industry in St. ...


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First, in general, if you take a shore excursion from the ship then you are protected against getting back late. The ship will wait for you. If you take an independent excursion, the ship will leave without you, you are subject to fines, and it is your problem as to how to get to the next port to rejoin the ship. I have experienced first hand an excursion ...


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To answer your follow-up question, your friend is definitely wrong if he meant that the ship is not subject to the local laws and somehow allowed to go everywhere and disembark passengers without visa in each and every country of the world, just because they are not staying for the night. As far as I know, the only situation in which international law would ...


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The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to take many shore tours at all. In connection with a cruise ship, there are three basic types of activities: 1) Shore tours 2) performances (usually musical), plus some shows and talks, which often include slide shows of the land tours and 3) the use of amenities such as the athletic ...


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Hah! I'm getting to re-use cruising tips I wrote almost ten years ago. Yay for recycled material! Shore Excursions There are generally two reasons to book your trips through the cruise line: Not missing the ship If you go on an excursion arranged through the cruise line, and they return late, you're guaranteed that the ship won't leave until you ...


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Cruising Excursions motto "prices lower than the cruise lines". They claim to have over 5000 shore excursions in 100's of ports Worldwide at prices up to 60% lower than the cruise lines. Might be worth looking into.



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