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Yes I agree the local taxis are cheaper, but should it breakdown and you only have 40 mins to get back to the ship will it wait for you, no, it has to if you are on a trip booked through the cruise line. If you miss the ship and I know one or two who got caught out this way it is your responsiblity to get to the next port of call. I am not saying don't do it but there might be snags and I think there maybe an insurance angle as well. On a Caribbean trip a few years ago we were taken in by minibus 14 and was supposed to be on it for the return but 4 others took the seats and the local coach organiser was mad and thats when the insurance issue popped up. The ship know you have been put on bus whatever in the event and hopefully not there is a problem they know all the passengers names. In our case the coach operator was so furious he laid on a streched limo to take as back to the ship and they parked along beside those leaving the minibus just to rub it in.
I have always found it best to book on the ship, or in advance if they are offering an excursion package. You should overnight in Acapulco so as not to miss the cliff divers. You should have a commentator on the ship for the canal which is amazing. BV, Newhave.
Hello,I have cruised twice in the last Two years in the Carabean with P&O & Royal Caribean.I found booking excursions far cheaper by my own arrangements.Once the ship docks,there are plenty of Taxi's waiting for your Business and are so trustworthy and friendly you just ask them to take you to your destination,agree a return pick up time,and guaranteed they will be waiting for you.Have a great holiday.
In my experience the two prime factors are the security of the area and here the on-board port talks are very useful, and the length of the excursions. They can be tiring and sometimes all you want to do is admire the view from the ship and perhaps slip ashore for a walk and a coffee!! Having been through the canal I personally would not set foot in Panama City!
We did the Panama Canal on Celebrity Infinity last April and found it to be an amazing ship and cruise,as to your excursions we went ashore on our own and used local taxis etc but didnt get ashore in Panama although i believe we did not miss anything,Hautulco is beautifull .
There are an abundance of taxis to take you to see the cliff divers in Acapulco if you bargain you can get excellent valuePanama transit is a full day of beauty and history i am sure you will really enjoy i.
We wnet through the panama and to most of the ports you are going to and we found it much better value and more entertaining to use the local taxis they know all the best places and will give you much more information , also you are not stuck with coachloads of passengers trailing behind each other do it on your own or with friends.
Hi, Ship excursions are always expensive, and at all these ports there will be minibuses and taxis that can offer the same tours at a much cheaper rate, often less than half price. Plus it is more fun being independent! Have a great time, Gill Nickson, Spain.