Cruise Excursions: Are They A Waste Of Money

Cruise The Med on the World's Biggest Cruise Ship With! Allure of the Seas Med Sailings Now Available to Book

Should I bother to look at alternative shore excursions or pay a slight premium and take the official ships versions? Jane Archer, cruise expert, replies Cruise lines make a lot of money selling excursions at a hefty premium, but many people are happy to pay the extra because booking with the ship is the easy option and they have the comfort of knowing the captain will not leave port until everyone on his ships tours is back on board. Although excursion crews warn the ship will sail without passengers who are late back and not on a ships tour, this rarely happens. Captains will wait as long as they can without inconveniencing other passengers, most people are back on time anyway and companies that sell cruise excursions would not survive in business if their customers kept missing their ships. If your ship is offering tours you want to do at a price you are happy to pay I suggest you book them. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

The world's biggest cruise ship, The Allure of the Seas operated by's parent company "Royal Caribbean" will be sailing in Europe for the first time ever in Summer 2015! Longer than four football pitches, twice the height of London's Gherkin building and costing over $1.5-billion to build, the ship itself will be like a new destination in Europe! The Allure of the Seas is "a unique and innovative ship", perfect for the family market, when the 6,318-berth Allure, which launched in 2010, starts sailings from Barcelona on May 3, 2015. Global Managing Director Dan Townsley commented "The Allure of the Seas is a sensational ship, which will create a brand new destination within itself in The Med. Customers no longer need to pay for expensive transatlantic flights to obtain the kudos of saying they have sailed on the World's biggest cruise ship! Combining cruising on her and visiting destinations like Rome, Barcelona, Naples and Florence will provide our customers with the holiday of a lifetime." The impressive features onboard the Allure of the Seas have recently been highlighted in a marketing campaign starring British diving sensation and star of ITV1's Saturday night show "Splash" Tom Daley, along with two other internationally renowned sports stars. The three athletes compete in a variety of athletic challenges including surfing, rock climbing and dodge ball all board Allure of the Seas. Itineraries and Pricing The ship will operate 5 and 7 night cruises from Barcelona between May and October 2015, calling at Palma, Marseille, La Spezia and Rome, where there is the chance to join the ship. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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