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CRUISE EXCURSIONS: Pros & Cons of Cruise VS Private Excursions (my exact planning process)

Going on a cruise and planning your shore excursions? Avoid these mistakes when booking excursions with the cruise line, private excursions or even going on your own! In this video you’ll find out how and when to book private tours, and how to do this safely. I will also tell you about my WORST Excursion ever!!

Many new cruisers have questions about how to book cruise shore excursions. As well, many of you have asked me how to find good and reputable private tour companies. In this video I share my exact process for how I plan and book my excursions.

You’ll find out the pros and cons of booking shore excursions with the cruise line or booking with a private excursion, learn how to save money, use the best resources and make the best decision for you on your cruise vacation.

VIDEOS I mentioned – Shore Excursions & Tours We Have Done

St. Lucia Island Tour Excursion

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What I’m wearing:
Gold hoop earrings –

*USEFUL CRUISE ESSENTIALS * (Most as shown in video)

Dress shoes:
Evening bag:
Striped beach bag:
Travelpro Carry On luggage:
Cruise tote bag:
Travel jewelry bag:
Hanging toiletry bag:
Cover up:
Power bar (cruise-approved) non-surge protected:
Portable phone charger:
Packing Cubes:
Reusable luggage tag holders:
Magnet hooks:
Magnet clips:
Over the door organizer:
Hanging toiletry bag (men/unisex):
Night light (motion sensor):
Portable fan:
Towel clips:
Towel bands:
Cruise Lanyards:
Waterproof phone cases & lanyards:
Pop up laundry bags:
Poo-Pourri bathroom spray:
Tide to Go travel size stain remover:
Downy Wrinkle release:
Bonine seasickness med:
Ginger candies:
First aid kit:
Babyliss Travel hairdryer:
Revlon One Step Dryer Volumizer:
Refillable (and collapsible) water bottles:
Mini soap paper sheets (4 pack):
Travel luggage scale:
Travel Corkscrew:
Snorkel Set (anti-fog):
Bluetooth Selfie Stick/Tripod:
Thermal Mug:

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Photos and Videos courtesy of:
Royal Caribbean Cruise Corp
Princess Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises

Music Credit: Surf Time by Lux-Inspira……


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