around on your own, hiring taxis and private excursions are not necessarily safe nor less expensive than the shore excursions offered by our travel agent. Also, if something should happen and we didn't get back to the ship on time it would sail with or without us. For various reasons cruise ships MUST sail on time or face hefty fines. In addition the prices charged by our travel agent, Flying Dutchmen Travel, were very competitive. There were a large variety of shore excursions from which to choose. Most of them ranged from $70 to $125 (kids' tickets are less) per person but you could also choose those that were more, or less, expensive than that. I appreciated that not only were the individual prices listed but also that there were detailed descriptions, rated by level of physical difficulty and whether drinks and/or meals were included in the price. BTW, the price of the shore excursion also includes the cost of the Tender (the boat that takes you from the ship to the shore).
In the end the decision was easy. My friend, Kristi, and I booked three shore excursions each through Flying Dutchmen Travel:
- Climbing Dunns River Falls, Ocho Rios in Jamaica which also included a shark & stingray encounter;
- Sea Turtle Encounter and Rum Cake Factory on Grand Cayman Island;
- Cozumel, Mexico - Guided tour of the Mayan city, Tulum, near Playa de Carmen.
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