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Hello friends of RCCL, just four more weeks for us until embarkation and time has come to think about the cruise details and the things we want do do and see in the different port of calls. I was wondering what the favorite form of shore excursion would be among the community. Do you prefer organized tours or do you go on your own? For ourselves we prefer the individual approach. Yes, it takes more time to plan and prepare the excursion but I always have the good feeling that the I really can do and see things I really want to see. And I can take my time if a special place is of more interest than expected, nobody forces us tu hurry up and we are not depending on a group. Sometimes we do something together with other people we have met on board that share the same interests. I just have the feeling that one have a deeper experience when you are traveling around buy feet, with public transportation or a rented car than driving around with a tour bus. In some places organized tour are making perfectly sense, for example in Ephesus/Turkey (too far away from the port or St. Petersburg/Russia (without a purchased tour ticket you won't cross the russian boarder (if you don't have a valid visa), but most places can be explored individually, just give it a try! What do you think about it? Greetings from Germany Dirk