To me it's like staying in hotel and hardly ever going outside of it.
"just be aware if you do your own thing and get back late the ship wont wait "
And there's the problem for me. I would be on edge all the time, keeping an eye on the time and wont enjoy the excursion.
Why can't they stay at a port of call for longer, say 1 1/2 to 2 days?
I've done a mix of booking organised excursions - in Norway it seemed the easiest way to see some of the inland areas and in St Petersburg it looked to be the best way to get to visit all the places we wanted to see in the time available with the added bonus of not needing to organise a Russian visa - and doing our own thing when it came to exploring some of the cities and towns. Bergen for example is ideal for doing this and the ship tied up within easy walking distance of the old town and the city centre sights. We've never worried about getting back to the ship in time - take or download a good street map before you go and make a note of where you can pick up the shuttle bus to take you back to the quayside if it is not within walking distance and you'll be fine.
I'm now looking to do one to Iceland but can't make my mind up as to whether I want to do it the winter so I get to see the Northern Lights or in the summer when it will be 24 hour daylight! The summer option is winning at the moment, mainly because I could check into the 'hotel' only 30 mins from home and know that once I check out I'm only a taxi ride away from a cup of tea in my kitchen having visited the Northern Isles and Faroes on the way to visiting Reykjavik and touring the coastline of Iceland.
Although not a cruise, I really enjoyed our trip to the Holy Land from Cyprus. It was a spur of the moment decision as my friend & I had seen it advertised in resort.
We sailed overnight & awoke in Israel. Spent the whole day, with a tour guide visiting all the sights, the Wailing wall being one, then overnight back to Cyprus.
Was great telling everyone how we "popped" to Israel when we got home. So if I could do similar with different countries then I'd definitely consider a cruise.
What puts me off cruising is feeling trapped on board. Plus I'm not a very good sailor & seeing nothing but ocean would unnerve me, especially if there was so much as a ripple on the sea 😢
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