Life aboard a cruise ship is a lot of fun, but it’s important to think about the onshore experience too. MSC’s ships stop at a fantastic variety of ports across Europe and you will want to get out and explore all there is to see. One of the biggest questions that cruisers have is whether to plan trips yourself or to opt for an organised excursion with the cruise company. It’s time to explore this dilemma and help you decide how to plan your shore time when taking Caribbean or Mediterranean cruises.
Value for money
Many people think that organising your own trip when offshore will save you money, especially when you look at the price of entry into attractions. This can be the case, but bear in mind there are other considerations to take into account, such as the cost of getting from the port to the heart of the action, tour guides and expert knowledge. Cruise companies have carefully crafted their excursions to make the most of the time available and highlight the best elements of a location.
Peace of mind
You can be assured that places included on MSC excursions have been fully researched and assessed for quality control purposes. This gives you the peace of mind that you are going to see the best of a destination and will make some wonderful memories.
The experts also know how much you can fit into your shore day and will ensure that the ship does not leave without you. If you go it alone, you have to judge the timings yourself. After all, nobody wants an expensive taxi ride dash across a city at the last minute.
Out of the ordinary experiences
Having knowledge of the destinations and catering to a larger group of peopl,e means that cruise companies can organise some pretty amazing events. We’re talking accessing attractions after hours, getting an unusual guide or undertaking an activity you simply wouldn’t have been able to do on your own.
A break from sightseeing
Sometimes you don’t want to go sightseeing. It might be that you’ve had enough of taking in the big attractions and would just like to spend half a day wandering. Alternatively, you could have picked a Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise for the beaches or even the shopping, in which case you’ll feel confident on your own. Even in these scenarios, an organised excursion can help to make it stress-free by providing transport and ensuring you go to the best spots.
Occasions when you should book with your cruise company
Among the times when it is a really good idea to book an organised excursion include the following:
● You are unfamiliar with the customs, etiquette or language of a place.
● You have a young family or are travelling with elderly relatives and want to go for the most convenient option possible.
● You’re a first-time cruiser and haven’t quite become accustomed to port days and will find the expert knowledge particularly helpful.
● The destination is somewhere you have wanted to visit for a long time and it’s really important that you have the best experience.
● Your cruise friends are going on an excursion and enjoying a port day with each other will provide wonderful memories.