Anyone who’s ever cruised will know that shore tours can be expensive.
There’s no argument that they’re perfect for some people. If you want everything organised and the security of the guarantee to get you back to the ship on time, then the cruise company’s shore tours might be for you.
If you like the idea of the tours but find them a bit overpriced, and if you’re prepared to do a bit of research, then you can often find cheaper (sometimes much cheaper) alternatives which give you the same or almost the same experience.
When Mum, my sister and I did the recently blogged 7 night Hawaiian cruise we decided to use the alternatives.
At our first port of call the cruise option was “Lahaina on your own” which took you to Lahaina on a bus then left you to explore it … on your own.
We took the local bus at a fraction of the price and did exactly the same thing.
The next 4 tours we did were with Roberts of Hawaii who seem to specialise in replicating the cruise tours. We chose a 4-trip package with them.
Our final trip was to Pearl Harbor after the cruise, but the ship did also offer a matching one.
So here are the costs (from 2012):
I don’t know about you, but we thought we got very good value.