I am a veteran to RCI.....(its the only line i will cruise as well as SISTER LINES) but......... im curious as to the "outside" shore excursions....how safe are they....I am frightened to death of getting ripped of or something bad happenning but every one raves about PEAT TAYLOR in Jamiaca and Captain marvin in Grand CAyman.... i just am unsure about booking anything tha isn't "WITH" the ship...any thoughts
We were on Celebrity in Europe last month and did most of the tours with private drivers. Nobody could believe how much we did compared to their ship tours.
We're going with Peat Taylor on our Voyager cruise on 8/25.
As long as you do some research and get some references, private tours are the way to go.
Just be sure to put a little cushion on your return to the ship. They won't wait for passengers on private tours.
Glad to have a home for RCI, I'm a big fan myself. It truly made me an @ddict. I've sailed the Grandeur twice and Voyager once. I've also learned to look for private tours. One of my favorite things is to take the ferry over from St.Thomas to St.John and get a tour around the island, have lunch etc. I've also done the same "on your own" tours in just about all the other islands as well. I find it quick, easy and flexible... since if you want to see something you tell them. They have a usual list of all the "main" sights and they will tailor the tour be it a shared cab/van or private. Sometimes if you get a private one (alittle more) it can be worth it.. as you get treated like royalty and waited on while you shop etc. Very nice. You just need to tip well, as gas is not cheap and I think they low ball the price in hopes of a great tip. Otherwise, I can't see why they would offer this.
Plan on the sights you want to see and get there early on your own and you'll be fine. Do tell the driver when you need to come back and make sure your watch is set to the ships time, etc.