When it comes to booking a shore excursion, there’s one thing that comes to mind – how can I do it without paying the cruise line rates?
While booking the cruise line excursion is safe because the ship will wait for you, there are cheaper options out there that offer the same piece of mind, it’s just a matter of finding them.
Here are five resources to research shore excursions:

1. Third Party Shore Excursion Companies

Companies like Cruising Excursions and Viator offer great guides to where to do what, in what port. Both companies also offer a guarantee that you’ll never miss your ship. They also have a proven track records.
Cruising Excursions has this their website, “ We guarantee to get our customers back in time for your cruise ships departure.  All of our tour operators and organizers are fully aware of the ship’s departure time, and will have you back to the ship in plenty of time prior to sailing. If for reasons beyond our control, for example road accidents etc., we will take you to your next port of call at no extra cost to you.”

2. Tourism Boards

This is one often not even thought about but great for finding those secret shore excursions. Google your destinations local tourism board and find out what the port offers, if they have any partner excursion operators and if they can send you information on the port. A lot of tourism boards now have digital welcome kits and apps that you can download right off their website.
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