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British isles cruise

We are thinking of taking a Britsh Isles cruise, but cruise lines shore excursions are always overpriced. Does anyone know of a tour company that has a presence in most large ship British Isles ports?

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I have done three British Isles cruises and loved them but agree about the excursions. Depending on the port we either just walked the area, used local buses, or hired a car for the day, on most of the islands we visited we booked a self drive car. Mull for example, a four hour cruise excursion to see sea eagles was £60 each, we (DH and I) hired a car from Mackay's garage on the quay for £45 for the whole day, we booked direct with the RSPB to see the eagles, £5 each, and then had the rest of the day to drive round.

It takes a little forethought but is well worth the research. We have hired cars in Invergordon, Shetland, Orkney, Mull, Lewis and Harris, used local buses on Guernsey, shuttled into town in Dublin, just walked on the Scillies and Anglesey.

The only cruise excursion we took was to the Giant's Causeway because it was too far from Bangor and it was a motorbike raceday and there was a possibility of not getting back in time.

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What I would recommend is that you sign up to Cruise Critic, TripAdvisor's sister site. That will have information and tips on all the different cruise stops and what you can do there.

You certainly don't need to use the cruise ship's own excursions every time. Many ports of call have plenty to see and do in their own right (and often provide free shuttles into town), or you can easily take a public bus, train or taxi into a nearby town or city for possibly a fraction of what a ship's transfer might charge you. You can also commission independent tours, and again you can get tips from Cruise Critic as to which companies locally do these. Cruise Critic also has a 'Roll Call' section for individual cruises, where you can make contact with individual passengers. There may be someone arranging an excursion that you could join, or alternatively you could invite others to join one of yours.

Just a word of caution - if you travel independently, make sure you can get back to the ship in time and make allowances for delays and mishaps. If a cruise ship's excursion gets delayed, the ship will wait - if you are on your own, it probably won't.


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