One of my favorite parts of a cruise is to explore the island! I love culture, food, and small businesses over the highly traveled areas.
But, being an outsider to the country, this can seem overwhelming. Getting lost seems like a very good possibility and you may not even have google maps to guide you back to the ship.
Excursions are a great idea – and an extra cost (so keep that in mind when planning your trip). So you scroll through your cruise lines potential options and your eyes glaze over. Good reviews, bad reviews… what is the activity level… or wait, what is my threshold for an activity level?
First off, take a deep breathe. Follow some of these tips below:
- Decide what you are interested in. Pick a topic – adventure, culture, food, etc… Or maybe you KNOW you want to go snorkeling at one port.
- Decide how long you truly want to be on an excursion. Some are a few hours to most of the day in port. If you or someone tires easily, focus on a shorter excursion. If it ends up being too short, you will always have time to take those wonderful photos at port before going back to enjoy the lido deck.
- Know how much stuff you want to carry with you. Some excursions need water shoes, equipment, towels, money, passport, change of clothes… etc. Are you willing to pack this for the cruise and then the excursion?
- You can book through your cruise line or another site. If you are already feeling overwhelmed and there is something through the cruise line, book it! Could you find cheaper on another site? Likely, but is the time to find it and your anxiety worth it? Don’t let anyone try to shame you after you have made your choice.
- If you do want to look elsewhere, there are many good sites out there to explore.
- One last tip for now – once on the ship and you start excitingly talking to others about your planned excursion, take what they say with a grain of salt.