How to Make the Most of a Day in Port Without Booking an Excursion

Posted January 12th, 2017

Convenient, timely and crafted to showcase the very best of a destination, shore excursions are undeniably an attractive option for many cruisers. With multiple ports to visit, however, booking a shore excursion at each stop may mean your expenses start to skyrocket. To take advantage of everything a port has to offer without breaking the bank, keep reading. We’ve put together some simple tips to help you get the most out of your shore days.

Do Your Research

If your idea of holiday research leads you to conclude that Italy is known for pizza, Egypt has some pyramids and Dubai is great for shopping, you may want to dig a little deeper. Get to know all the main attractions of the places you are travelling to – not only can you then create an itinerary for yourself and not miss out on the best things to do and see, but you’ll get very excited about your upcoming trip! Who needs a shore excursion when you can create your own tailored schedule?

Keep an eye out for basics such as location, price/entrance fees, opening times and dress requirements.

Mark a Map

With limited time, you’ll need to know where you’re going and how you’re getting there if you have your heart set on certain attractions. Use a physical map that has been marked up and, most importantly, clearly shows how to get back to your ship! Being prepared in this way will also help you figure out the best way to travel, whether it be via taxi, foot, bus or train.

Have the Right Attitude

When you decide to go it alone, you’ll need the right attitude to make the most of a day in port. That means being open-minded, staying positive when things don’t go to plan, and being responsible. This is how you’ll appreciate everything you experience (even getting lost can become a great travel story down the road or lead you to something better) and how you’ll stay on top of the time.

Wander the Streets

Haven’t done your research? Feeling a little lethargic and uninspired? One of the best ways to experience a place is to simply see where the road takes you. Put on some comfy shoes, slap on some sunscreen, pack some bottles of water, grab a map from the ship’s concierge or at a tourist centre and start walking. You could stumble upon a dazzlingly beautiful beach, have a chat with locals at a charming little café, find some bargains at quaint markets, eat some of the tastiest and cheapest food you’ve ever had – the list goes on and on.

Stay on the Ship?

For some passengers, especially those who have visited a port before, there’s no need to book a shore excursion because they would prefer to stay aboard the cruise ship! When at port, the ship’s facilities, whether it be the pool, restaurant or laundry, are devoid of crowds and there for the taking.

From Italy and Amsterdam to Bali and the Cayman Islands, Cruiseabout’s experienced and knowledgeable team know all the top things to see and do while in port. For inspiration and ideas, or to make a booking, contact us on 1300 954 661 now.

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