I'd like to do some shore excursions on a cruise I'm considering. Do the excursions need to be purchased in advance or should they be purchased once you're on the cruise or what?

Additionally, I was thinking about paying for the cruise via expedia.com. If the excursions need to be purchased in advance, would I still be able to purchase them if I used expedia.com?

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    It will depend on the cruise. With big cruises there may be limited availability, so you'd have to book in advance to get the excursions you want. A lot can be bought when onboard too. Jul 16 '16 at 15:50
  1. No, Shore Excursions can be bought right up to the time the tour leaves. However, for popular excursions, availability might be a bigger issue.

Many cruise lines will have shore ex staff on the pier to do last minute sign ups.

  1. No, Expedia will take payment for your cruise fare only. In almost all cases, you will have to either call the cruise line or logon to their site to complete your reservation.

You can book excursions at that time, usual 90 days before sailing. On their site, you can also reserve many other onboard activities

  • My parents were on a cruise recently and well before the second port day, all shore excursions were sold. I claim bad management, not enough places available. (And they were pretty expensive in my view.)
    – Willeke
    Jul 16 '16 at 18:24
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    An economist might suggest that if they were all sold up by the second port day then they weren't expensive enough, @Willeke . Jul 16 '16 at 22:01

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