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qdmred

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taking Carnival cruise in Jan 06 that includes Jamaica. is it safe to go it alone on shore excursions? can you save any money by trying to book excursions with people other than cruise line? will only be there one day, but would like to do the Falls and swim with dolphins.

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Hi qdmred,

Welcome to Cruise Crazies..

It sounds like your talking about Ocho Rios.

If you are ..yes it appears to be rather safe to hire the locals as long as they have the correct credentials.

I too am in February.. But have already reached an agreement with a person that I found through my research that will pick us up at the pier take us where we want and then later take us back to the pier for less then $2.00 a mile

Hope to see you posting often.<]

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I have never been to Jamaica....but I have arranged 1 ship excursion and 1 private and we are saving $200.00 for a family of 5..compared to what the ship charges for the same Tour we are taking.......we looked and got feed back from others who have used the private booking agent..and I contacted the private agent by phone ..

Good Luck

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Excellent Question.

To answer you I honestly I do not KNOW that this person is safe.

What I do know is: I have been doing my research for our cruise for about 4 months now.

I have scoured the web for websites that offer “informational threads†Then like others posted my question for private tour guides for Ocho Rios, three or four names kept popping up over and over. I then studied the reviews that were posted and then googled searched the names of the locations and people .. Visited websites etc. and then emailed each and asked a price … I decided to do business with the one I chose because she made me feel more comfortable.

I don’t know, but I feel I have been as cautious as I could be without staying on board!

Hope this helps :wink:

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Excellent Question.

To answer you honestly, I do not KNOW that this person is safe.

What I do know is: I have been doing my research for our cruise for about 4 months now.

I have scoured the web for websites that offer “informational threads†Then like others posted my question for private tour guides for Ocho Rios, three or four names kept popping up over and over. I then studied the reviews that were posted and then googled searched the names of the locations and people .. Visited websites etc. and then emailed each and asked a price … I decided to do business with the one I chose because she made me feel more comfortable.

I don’t know, but I feel I have been as cautious as I could be without staying on board!

Hope this helps :wink:<]

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Joey this is the kind of information I am looking for on our next cruise Dec 2006. Ocho Rios. Any info you find is worthy to pass on would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to book off ship as well.

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thanks Joey. that is a BIG help. I will start my research now! I also notice on another posting the name of Shoretrips.com. I will look into that also. Don't know anything about them. Obviously I am not a "cruiser", so any help goes a long way!!!!

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qdmred,

No worries glad we could get you started...

Well nobody is a cruiser until they sail once ...:) glad to have you with us..

And let us know what you find out about shoretrips..

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