Book your excursion as soon as possible.As soon as you know what you want to do, book it! By booking early, you can guarantee that you'll get your preferred time slot. Some excursions, like the Glacier Point Wilderness Safari in Skagway book up nearly a year in advance. Do your research on TripAdvisor. If the trip you're interested in is one of the top activities for that port, it's a great idea to reserve your spots now. Most tour operators have generous refund policies up to 2 weeks before the tour, so if you change your mind, you'll still get your money back to take a different trip.
Unlike cruises, flights, and other travel options, the price of shore excursions doesn't change with demand, so you won't save any money by waiting until the last minute.
But my cruise is next week?!Didn't book early? Or maybe you weren't intending on doing any excursions, but you've been recommended one by a friend that sounds absolutely MUST DO!
No worries! These things happen and that's part of the fun of vacationing. In some cases, you might be out of luck (ahem, Glacier Point). But for many others, it's possible to snag some last minute spots. Just shoot us an email or get in touch with your cruise line about what spots they still have available.