The key to making the most of brief port calls is to plan ahead. Check out the cruise line's suggested activities and read guidebooks to become familiar with local customs, history, transportation, and activities. Try to find a travel agent who is familiar with your ports of call and seek his/her advice
What can I do in port?
What you do when in port depends upon the the time of year and your interests. Most ships offer shore excursions to popular sights. Excursions may include tours of museums, historical sites, parks, natural wonders, or shopping areas.
If you don't want a formal tour, you can hire a taxi or rent transportation and strike out on your own. Golf, tennis, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and other recreational activities are available in many ports of call. The cruise line will have port lectures detailing the various tours, shops, and attractions in each port.
When deciding whether to book a tour, look carefully at the description to ensure that it meets your interests. Remember to allow plenty of time to return to the ship if you decide to head out on your own. The ship does not account for passengers who go off on their own and will sail at the scheduled time if you are late returning to the ship.
How expensive are tours?
Tour prices vary from U.S. $20 to more than U.S. $100 per person. Transportation expenses, admission fees, meals, length of time, destination, and the local currency's value against your own play an important role in cost.
Do I need a passport?
Check with your travel agent about visa and passport requirements. It is prudent to carry your passport, as it provides you with identification and proof of citizenship. You must have a picture I.D. to board the ship at embarkation. This requirement applies to all persons over the age of 16. Children traveling with parents will need some form of identification and may need passports or visas for some foreign ports.
On some cruise lines, passports are turned in at the purser's office, and a photocopy is issued to you while on the cruise. Lines do this in order to ensure that you do not lose your original passport. At the end of the cruise, the passport is returned to you.
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