If you have never been on a cruise before, you might not know exactly what to expect. For example, what if you want to take a tour of one port of call but not another? Do you have to book a tour ahead of time? Or does the cruise line arrange for tours for you? Here are some things that you can expect when you take a tour while on a cruise.
Do You Have To Take A Tour At Every Port?
There might be some ports you are more interested in visiting than others. There might be times you would rather just stay on the ship or perhaps just visit the local shops near the dock itself. You can do this if you wish. You don't have to take a tour at every port the cruise stops at. You can simply stay on board the ship and relax or take part in activities on board the ship or you can walk around at the shops or have lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Of course, you can take tours at any of the ports the ships docks at if you like. You will know ahead of time which ports the ship will dock at so you can do your research.
Do You Have To Book The Tour Ahead Of Time?
You might wonder how you book a tour at one of the port stops the cruise will make. You have a couple of ways you can do this. You can either use the cruise line's own tour booking services, or you can book your own tour separate from the cruise line. When you book with the cruise line, you will go with other passengers on your tour and can be assured that you will return in the time for the ship to leave port for its next destination.
If you book your own tour, you have no guarantee you will be back in time for the ship to leave port. The ship will wait for you for a certain period of time, but if the schedule is a tight one, it will leave port even if you aren't there. So, if you book with a tour operator on your own, keep an eye on the time and make sure you arrive back at the ship before it leaves.
What Do You Need To Bring On A Tour?
Since the cruise you are taking will dock at a number of different ports in different areas, you might wonder what you need to bring when you take a tour. You will need to bring your cruise card to ensure you can get back on the ship. There are so many people on the ship at the same time, it's impossible for them to remember each face.
Most ports won't require you to bring your passport with you, but check to make sure before you leave the ship whether you need it or not. If you don't bring your passport, bring a photo ID with you. Don't forget to bring cash and a credit card to do some shopping.
You should also bring the phone number of your ship, the number for the cruise line in case the ship has left port before you get there, and the number of the U.S. embassy if you need it.
For more information about tours and cruises, speak with a professional.