Do port excursions on cruise ships cost extra?


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Port excursions on cruise ships typically cost extra. Cruise lines offer guests an array of excursions in each port of call, and each excursion is an additional cost. Guests can book excursions prior to sailing, or they can wait until they are aboard the ship.

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Excursions the cruise lines offer are usually more expensive than similar excursions that guests can book on their own, but the cruise lines usually contract with reputable operators and guarantee that the ship does not depart before all tour buses return, even if they are delayed. Guests can research each port of call themselves ahead of time and decide if they wish to purchase excursions through the cruise line, make their own excursion arrangements with independent tour operators, or explore the port of call on their own on foot or by taxi or bus.

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