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What our customers say about Cruising Excursions
Mrs Judith Mills
The guides met us on time on all 3 tours. They were informed guides who were friendly, approachable, and enthusiastic about the venues. Good value for money. Better value than the cruise tours. Florence was great. Good walking tour and lots of info about the city and history. Also they arranged extra visit to a museum, and had tickets and organized our visit for us. Wonderful day out and the guide was good.
Mr Ian Clark
All 3 excursions I took were excellent value for money, with knowledgeable guides and I will use Cruising Excursion for my next cruise. We had a very interesting trip, taking us to some of the lesser known parts of Lisbon as well as the best bits.
Mrs Laurie McDonald
This turned out to be our favourite tour of our entire trip probably due to our excellent guide Tez. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. We weren't rushed and we had a very enjoyable break for a Turkish lunch. We loved our tour of Ephesus , the Turkish lunch and demonstration of rug making. We wouldn't hesitate to take another tour with Tez. He made our day most enjoyable.
Mrs Jean Byrne
The guides were very informative and friendly, the coach was comfortable. This was our first time with you both booking and using, easy booking and no worry. Although we had to join the trip early, the tour was excellent we missed most of the queues, the guide was informative and the coach party was small enough to keep to timings. A big thank you!
Ms Alice Freel
The service was great, the tours were easy to book, staff was very helpful and documents came quickly. Prices are much better than big cruise excursions. The trips are intimate 10 -12 people and the excursion reps are very knowledgeable about their countries. We had a great time. We had Mr Atlas and he was brilliant easy going and gave us a great tour of his Casablanca and a lot of knowledge about the history and modern time they are in now. We really enjoyed our time there.
Mr Anthony Garry
Guide was excellent; very knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent value could not fault any part, best cruise tour we have ever done.
Mrs Margaret Kelly
Particularly enjoyed Ponta del Garda where we had VIP treatment from Jose and his son, Gary. We would definitely recommend Cruising Excursions. Five Port package was excellent. We had very good service and memorable tours.
Mrs Linda Fox
We had a wonderful experience with the Essential Pisa and Florence. The tour guide was outstanding and very informative, she really related to the subject matter, and was very kind.
Mrs Janette Craggs
Everything arrived on time, we tried to change time for Venice trip but couldn't however we did not go on that trip due to thick fog. Rate the company highly. Our guide was very well informed and helpful and the small coach comfortable. Would recommend this company to anyone, in fact already have.
Mr John Partain
Our guide was excellent. Our tour was not cancelled even though we were the only 2 who booked it! We never would have gotten enough information without our guide. She covered the high lights and filled in details. The cruise ship wanted twice the price. Thanks.
Mrs Marilyn Levin
Cruising Excursions were great. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to others. Our guide was excellent and I loved this tour.
Mrs Jean Morgan
The small groups make for a more personal experience than bigger groups. One of our excursions was only supposed to be 4 hours but it lasted 6. The tour guide and value for money were both excellent. We will probably go for the 5 tours next time.
Mrs Gaye- Lynne Wight
Combined excellent service and fabulous food meant a wonderful experience. Our guide was informative and polite, paced things just right.
Mrs Elizabeth Barnett
Excellent service from this company all tours and guides were first class. Great tour coach; it was very comfortable with an excellent driver and guide.
Mr Toby King
We had excellent excursions on all 7 ports of call we had during our cruise. The service was very good and we would be very happy to use you again on future cruise excursions.
Mrs Carol Willment
The service was very good. The tours and guides were very good. We would certainly use you again.
Mrs Karen Henderson
This company is fabulously easy to use - both online and on the phone. I would definitely use them again!
We enjoyed tremendously the bright friendly guide and safe driver. The guide made the ancient sites come alive and he also gave us insights to the new Turkey!
Our ride to the airport the next morning was equally good.
Ms Anita Callanan
We enjoyed our tours very much once we reached each port. We thoroughly enjoyed St. Maarten and St. Thomas with the beautiful scenery, shopping and especially our tour guide in St. Maarten. He was loads of fun and made the tour a very enjoyable experience.
Mr William Dunlop
We really enjoyed our day. Although the weather not very good, our guide decided to do the coach tour first and leave the walking tour of Mykonos until last which worked out well as the weather had improved by then. Our coach was very comfortable.
Mr Andrew Pryce
Arrangements worked exactly as promised with no problem locating guide/vehicle on the dockside. We had contacted them only a few days before departure, they emailed details of remaining availability and then took the booking over the phone - all very helpfully and efficiently done. The prices were much cheaper than the tours offered by the ship but nearly identical itineraries. We have already recommended them to others and will not hesitate to use them again.
Itinerary exactly as described in advance. Being really picky, the only criticism was that the guide tended towards information overload - but better than the opposite!
Mr Paul Legood
The service was great! And at about 1/2 the price charged by the ship for the same experience. The guide was very well versed.
Mrs Elaine Clubb
Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were in a small group in a good vehicle. The tour was good value.
Mrs Mary Helen Kidd
Good value for the price and we would recommend the trip to others. The excursion guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which added to the enjoyment. We had a great excursion and we would use the company again.
Mr Chris Brayshaw
Our minibus was driven by a knowledgeable driver. Informal and relaxed and gave us a longer trip than we had booked. We will recommend you to our friends.
Mr John Bush
Everything as expected (I've used CE before): on time, pleasant, efficient guide.
Miss Sharon Pranjoto
Quick notification and schedule adjustment due to change of cruise itinerary.
Quick response from the customer service team for updated vouchers.
Overall very pleased with the company's services.
Mrs Barry Lubman
We were very pleased with all the excursions and will use them again when we take our next cruise. We loved the tour.
Mr J Fleetwood
Hello not sure if this the right address to send this. We returned from our cruise on the 13th October. We were aboard the Norwegian epic. This was our 8th cruise and up until now we have always used the ship’s excursions. This time we booked all of them through you. There were four in our party and we did a total of 3 excursions with you. Now all I can say is thank you so much they were flawless in their organization. The guides where great, the tours were entertaining and the whole process went like clockwork. We saved over £600.00 on the price the cruise line was asking and the service was better in all of our opinions. The tours we did where: Pisa on your own and Pisa tower climb A young lady was the guide, she is a credit to her company. We did the Caves of Drach. Again, we had a great guide and a lovely tour. We did Lake Bolsena with yet another great guide. Thank you for making our holiday. We cruise twice a year and will use Cruising Excursions in the future.
We were delighted with the quality and service we received from all your tour guides during our trips to Amalfi Coast and Venice 3 Islands Tour. Your company provided us with wonderful experiences. The cost was far below that quoted by the cruise company and we will not hesitate to use your service on our next cruise.
Marco and Theresa Alessandrini
My wife and I had booked excursions with your company a couple weeks ago. For our excursion to Ephesus we had a gentleman named Ozgur Karakus. Never before have we ever had a guide so amazing and knowledgeable. We were left amazed at his skills at being an effective and entertaining guide and regret only that we didn't have small bills to tip him better than we did. Granted, there were only 4 people on the excursion which would make life easy for any tour guide, but his presentation and manner went above and beyond those we have ever seen.
Diana and Ludwik G. Bednarczyk
Just want to tell you how pleased we were with your service. On our recent trip we booked excursions in Dover, Malaga and Dubrovnik. The experience was just fantastic. We definitely will use you again and recommend you. Also, your website is excellent. I'm a 69 year old and had no trouble at all.
Our Tour Guide was very good, friendly, and had a good knowledge of the place. He took us to a private winery, very good local restaurant, etc. the service is excellent and having a group of only 8 people gives a personal touch to the tour.
The price was very reasonable compared to the rates offered by the cruise ships. My friend and I joined 3 other people and we enjoyed our lunch at the local restaurant. The food was excellent and we also enjoyed the winery tour and found it very educational. All together the tour was excellent! I've been with cruising excursions last year, that's why I booked again this year. Very well done and I have recommended your company other cruisers as well!
Just returned from Med cruise on NCL Epic, Booked two trips with yourselves, first, Herculaneum Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, Small group, this was wonderful, Roberta, our guide, trained at Herculaneum for her Roman history doctorate, so knew everything about the site. Her English was very good and during the day kept us informed very well. The second tour was into Rome, Roberta was our guide, and again was very knowledgeable about the city. We saw all sites as promised, but you had to be quick to keep up. Very good value, about half cost of cruise ship charges, well done.
We have just finished our Grand Med cruise aboard Norwegian Spirit.
We did all eight of the tours offered for this cruise.
Big thumbs up to you for the service you provided us.
Your guides were where they should be each day; they always got us back to the ship on time.
The guides were generally brilliant, some better than others. Special mention to Louisa in Naples.
Rosa in Florence, who was just delightful and very funny.
I would not hesitate in recommending your company to anyone, and we shall certainly use you again when required.
We made friends with some fabulous fellow travellers, and they became our cruising excursions family.
Thanks Cruising Excursions.
We made this tour with your company: "Private Tour - Artemis Temple, St Johns Basilica & Ancient Ephesus Tour",
Duration: 240 minutes.
We want to thank you for this excellent tour with an excellent tour guide named Selin Eriskin!! She made a very good job in a very friendly and informative way, did not push us and gave us everywhere time to take pictures. We would recommend her to our friends and want to recommend her to your company to get more jobs!
We could not offer a more positive review of ALL our shore excursions arranged with you on our Norwegian Jade Mediterranean cruise August 2013. Despite several schedule problems with our ship, your representatives were at the ports and provided EXCELLENT service and made our visits to each port WONDERFUL! The entire experience of our trip was certainly enhanced by the outstanding overall service that Cruising Excursions arranged for us. From pickup at the port, through the tour experience with our guides, to the drop off back at the ship -- the entire experience FAR EXCEEDED our expectations. Whenever possible on our future cruises we will certainly seek to use Cruising Excursions for all our shore excursions, we could not have been more satisfied with every aspect of your services. Thank you.
I am just writing to you regarding the cruise where we booked excursions and trips with you. We were with the Royal Caribbean Adventure of Seas and the reason I am writing to you is to say the Guides were very good in making sure that I understood everything to relay the information to my friends who are sign language users.
Joe was our guide for Gibraltar and he was great as he repeated everything for me so that I could sign the information to my friends.
Sami was our guide for Tower of Pisa and Florence and again he was the same and faced us when he was talking.
Daniella was great too when we were in Rome and she sat alongside me while I lip read her side on and outside face on and all information was relayed again.
I am sorry to say that I did not know the names of the Guide for Monte Carlo and I did not get a lot of the information on the bus but got it outside when we were walking about.
We went on the hop on and hop off buses tours and we managed these tours
So many thanks for ensuring that the guides were aware of our needs
We are hoping to go on another cruise and will certainly use you again for the trips. This was greatly appreciated
I am just sending this email as a customer of ours has just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise and has rung us praising your service and value for money. They booked 2 excursions one to Nice and the other to Florence and were extremely impressed by what they received.
They had a fantastic guide for the Nice and Monte Carlo who knew the ins and outs of everything and also got them to the best spots they could as they were on a mini bus so they could visit all the unusual areas that you might not normally get to go with other companies.
Also they wanted to praise your value for money as you were so much cheaper than if they were to book it through Royal Caribbean, they would like us to recommend you to everyone which obviously we will anyway.
They are regular cruisers and will definitely be booking through you again.
We have just returned after a cruise on the MSC Divina. We booked shore excursions through Cruising Excursions and was pleasantly surprised with the great service we received. Guides were waiting at the port and were on time. The groups were small, never more than 8 people. The guides kept the crowds of the cruise ships in mind and would change the trips as to make the sites we visited more accessible. This was wonderful. The guides were excellent and knowledgeable. In Izmir, Turkey the guide (Ike) bought Turkish Delight for all to enjoy. The prices were much cheaper than that of the Cruise Liners and we in fact saw more as the groups were smaller and we got around much faster. We were delivered back to the port with plenty of time to spare. We will definitely use CruisingExcursions.com for future travels.
Mrs P A Longworth
We have recently returned from a cruise on the Norwegian Epic and we went on a package of 5 excursions booked through yourselves.
I am writing to tell you how very pleased we were with our trips, and the tour guides provided. For Pompeii we had Alanna who was informative, knowledgeable and fun to be with.
In Rome we were in Maria's party although I expect Roberta's group were just as satisfied as we were with the content of the tour and the information given by the tour guides. The time spent on our own was enjoyable too as we knew exactly where to meet the guide.
Florence/Pisa was Marco, a young man with a great deal of knowledge on Florence, and who seemed to have a passion for his subject! He was very clear about meeting times and places and made sure we all knew what we were doing. On this subject, it seems 2 parties hadn't listened to his instructions very well as they were left in Pisa. Marco waited some time for them, but as he thought they were planning to explore Pisa on their own. Everyone else heard though. I hope Marco won't get into too much trouble because of it.
The remaining tours were Aix-en-Provence and Palma (the Caves of Drach). We really enjoyed the Caves of Drach and our visit to Palma. Aix-en-Provence was very congested, though the visit to the house of Cezanne was interesting.
All in all your excursions are excellent value and the tour guides were marvellous! Thank you very much.
Dear Cruising Excursions,
Just want to let you know we had a wonderful vacation, in part, due to the Cruising Excursions shore excursions we took. Everyone was wonderful and highly organized at the port.
The local guides were great and very knowledgeable!
We will be sure to use you in the future and tell our friends about Cruising Excursions.
Howard & Carol
We took your Luxury Rome excursion in August from the Holland America, Nieuw Amsterdam. The trip by minivan with just 6 passengers was absolutely brilliant. We were taken very close to all the main sites and the trip even included tickets into The Vatican. There was no queuing and our driver Stefano was excellent. Plenty of time was allocated at each stop and Stefano gave us lots of information. We also enjoyed the meal and wine at a quaint restaurant.
We would have no hesitation using your company again and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Just want to say a big thank you for organising my trips to Pisa and Florence, then Rome from the port. Then Ephesus and back to port and then Santorini.
All went very well and a great credit to your organisation and the guides who gave my wife and I such wonderful great value excursions around these marvellous places. I am only sorry for the Turkish guide who, on our request dropped us off at the port shops but left so quickly I failed to give him a well-deserved tip!! Far better in quality, numbers of people and expertise at a fraction of the prices charged by the cruise line. I will be in touch again. My thanks and regards.
My husband and I booked several excursions through your company and were absolutely satisfied! We toured Florence/Pisa, Aix-De-Provence, Barcelona and Napoli. All of our tours started on time, and all tour guides were amazing. They all spoke perfect English and were so knowledgeable about the history of the city we visited, and all the sites that we visited.
Our guides were Rosa (in Florence/Pisa), Julia (in Aix-De-Provence), George (in Barcelona), and Ciara (in Napoli). They were all so approachable and friendly and had answers for all of our questions. All of the bus drivers were excellent too!
We will definitely book with this company again when we visit other cities!
I have to say how well our tour to Pisa and Florence went with this company. It is always a worry when booking, that things may not work out, but this was really very good. Our Driver was Miriam, a lovely and very friendly lady with plenty of knowledge, and above all a good driver, we were made to feel quite special. The Mercedes Sprinter was clean and comfortable with efficient air-conditioning. The whole tour was 8 hours, and could not have been better, very much cheaper than our Cruise tour and we were delivered back to our ship with plenty of time to spare. We took another tour with C.E. to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi coast, this time by coach, another good result, our guide knew his stuff, and made it a very enjoyable day. I will certainly use this company again, and highly recommend them.
On our recent Mediterranean cruise we used your company to visit these ports.
The guides were exceptional and I would not hesitate to use the company again.
One guide who deserves a special mention is Gul Demir who was our guide in Kusadasi.
We took the smart price tour to Taormina on 31st August 2013 while on cruise Celebrity Reflection. There were 2 other couples who accompanied us.
Taormina was beautiful and well worth a visit.
We were very happy with the guide, Mr Egidio Ferraro, and the tour lasted approx. 6 hours- which was a bonus as the tour booked was given time of approx. 4 hours. The guide was friendly, punctual and very knowledgeable and showed us amazing pictures of Etna. It was a very enjoyable day.
We would highly recommend your company and the guide based on our experience.
I decided to try out a non-Cruise-Line based excursion company this time round on my NCL Epic Western med cruise 01-08 Sept 13. Was very pleasantly surprised, the package of 3 ports of call in Italy (Naples, Rome, and Livorno) was exceptionally good value, and I have no regrets whatsoever. The tours were well organised, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and spoke excellent English. In Naples we had Luisa, and in Rome we had Toni (Antoinetta) – both were informative, helpful and pleasant. The drivers were also great. We had a slight misfortune with the air conditioning on our bus on the way back from Pompeii , as a result the bus had to be changed and we did not have enough time for Positano – but apart from this there were no issues and I would most definitely use this company again and recommend you to others. I don’t think I will be using cruise lines’ excursions again at all – to be honest I did not see any difference in the tours offered , people from the cruise line excursions were seeing the same sights as us almost simultaneously. The only downside is that you don’t have a guarantee of getting back onto the ship on time , however, there was ample time spare and we were returned to the ship well on time every time. The only slight issue was in Civitavecchia , after the port shuttle drops us off at Michelangelo Gate it was really hard to work out where to go to find the cruising excursions people , they should stand nearer to the shuttle set down point or at least have someone standing there giving directions. Overall – very pleased! Great job!
Dr Tejal Patel
When I saw a few reviews on trip advisor I was slightly concerned about booking with your company as people reported 'no-shows' at some destinations. However we were a group of 5 and the savings to be made were substantial. So we took the plunge.
I will say I am now happy to recommend this to my friends and family and will definitely use you guys again.
We did three ports, Rome, Pompeii & Sorrento and Barcelona and each one was fabulous.
The timings were prompt and coaches clean and comfortable.
My only issue was that the guide in Rome does not accompany you inside the Vatican. That would have made things quicker and more helpful.
My father forgot his jacket on the coach in Barcelona and. Your call centre promptly got in touch with the bus and the kind driver even dropped it off at the airport for us to collect. More than a five star service!
Irene, Grant and Sandy
We had a very positive experience booking through cruising excursions.
Our 4 port excursion package: Athens, Kusadasi, Mykonos and Santorini on our recent Eastern Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity.
Each one was special. The guides were so informative, friendly and passionate throughout the day.The smaller groups of around 10-14 compared to the cruise excursions(40-seater buses) made for a much friendlier and cohesive unit. The booking process was easy with live chat. Extremely helpful!
This was our very first cruise and very apprehensive about booking this package, but so glad we did and would recommend it and hope others have such a memorable time as we did.
Mrs Glenys Foster
I recently went on a two day tour of St Petersburg which your company organised.
I had a fantastic tour, the guide who was very well informed, very helpful and a pleasure to be with. On Arriving back at our Ship, the NCL star, a lot of other people who had been with other companies were not so thrilled. It seems they had paid double or more with other operators and had not been impressed.
Our guide was called Elena Sidorenko, she was with Tourdeforce.
So many many thanks for your kind attention.
As a travel professional for 30 years, I was a bit hesitant to consider your tour company for my excursions on the Norwegian Epic August 11-18, 2013. I couldn't understand how you could offer the rates for so much lower that the cruise lines or other shore excursion companies and deliver the same quality of service. I was pleasantly surprised. We purchased the 5 Port Package and each and every tour was superb. The guides were present, prompt and extremely professional. The coaches were new and clean. I loved each and every tour and couldn't believe that each day could be better than the previous. I have already recommended your company to a colleague of mine cruising on the Queen Elizabeth.. Thank you for such a great experience. I hope to utilize your services again on my future cruises.
My Husband, Daughter and myself have returned from a cruise on the Norwegian Epic 28/07/13 – 04/08/13, we booked two trips through Cruising Excursions - Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii and Pisa and Florence.
Not only were the trips very competitively priced - a fraction of the cost of the excursions on board, but on time, well thought out, and the guides were very knowledgeable. With fewer people than the boats trips we felt we had a much more personal experience.
To everyone out there wondering whether to book with Cruising Excursions or not the answer is simple, go ahead you will not be disappointed.
Well done to you all – I will certainly be using you again for all my trips.
I am just writing this letter to thank your company for an excellent service.
I booked 4 excursions with yourselves for me and my two young boys (4 & 7 years) whilst I was on Norwegian Epic last week. We went to Sorrento & Pompeii which was very interesting and the guide was very informative. The Rome on your own was ideal for us since it was a long day with two young children so we could take our time.
I was then booked on the Pisa & Florence day trip but decided it was too much for the kids to do 3 days in a row. After a telephone call you managed to change it to just Pisa half day which was ideal and a taxi even met us at an earlier time which was excellent service. The Majorca water park was very good too and again I was able to request and earlier pick up which suited us just fine.
So in this day & age when people are very quick to complain I would like to offer my thanks for making the holiday very enjoyable. I will certainly use you next time I go on a cruise.
We have recently returned from a seven night cruise on the Norwegian Epic 4th August to 11th August.
During the cruise I went on an excursion to Rome 7th August 2013.
My guide was Maurizio, a self-confessed native Roman. The excursion although quite casual was well controlled throughout by Maurizio his knowledge and passion for the city and history of Rome was very evident. The City was humid and glorious in style and rich in history, and for each important monument and area we went through just around the corner was another equally fascinating part of Rome we didn’t have time to visit. Maurizio was full of knowledge, historical dates, little anecdotes’ of the buildings, the areas, what was there before, the history, the religion and he filled the day with a sense of historical significance making a visit to Rome an unmissable event. The group were in contact throughout the day via a small radio transmitter which was very simple and very effective.
From the Colosseum to the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain to The Pantheon to Piazza Navona to Vatican City totally sublime, the excursion exceeded all of my expectations.
I would definitely recommend the Rome walking tour it was £70.00 cheaper than the excursion offered by my cruise ship, it was by far the highlight of the whole holiday and it was a pleasure to be in the company of a guide that really knew how to bring Rome to life, all in one short visit.
PS I have promised myself I must return to Rome very soon.
Well done to all concerned.
Jenny & Eric Hammonds
We were passengers on the Crown Princess 27th July - 10th August 2013. There were eight in our party ages ranging from 6years to 66 years. We booked the tours with you for Pisa/Florence, Rome and Sorrento Amalfi Drive and Pompeii. We were met at each port on time and the tours were first class with excellent drivers and guides. We were never rushed and had time to ourselves. We cannot thank you enough and would not hesitate to book with you again. Many Thanks
I would just like to say once again that we enjoyed the excursions we took with your company.
We were surprised when we were the only ones on tour (except for one) and had a car to ourselves. The drivers and guides were exceptional and had a good knowledge of the areas we were touring. I would recommend your company to anyone who was cruising. The people on board were very jealous that we had a car to ourselves. Thank you once again.
Just returned from cruise with Celebrity departing from Rome (July 13) and had booked three options through cruising excursions and I am uncharacteristically sending this email to congratulate you on the service provided. My husband and I did a half day tour of Istanbul, a hop-on, hop off bus ride in Athens (tickets purchased through yourself) and also a full day tour of Naples and we could not fault the service. The guides were ready and waiting even though we were early, the transportation was clean and safe and the guides friendly and knowledgeable so what more did we need - nothing. Well done.
Jackie and family
Just wanted to let your company know that we went on our first cruise last month and used you for our 3 trips to Rome, Naples and Florence and had a fantastic time.
None our friends have ever used any company apart from the ships organised excursions so we were a little nervous when booking but felt from the first trip we didn't have anything to worry about.
On the day we went to Pompeii we felt that we were ahead of the rest of the pack as Luigo our rep took us to a side entrance and we were one of the first into the ruins which was great as it certainly gets hot very quick.
All tours were informative, well balanced and all reps were very attentive and gave us a great experience and insight to such lovely cities.
I will make sure we use you again and let our friends know of our great experience!Thank you
Peter & Sue
We have just returned from an eastern Mediterranean cruise with Princess. Our travel agent recommended Cruising Excursions, and we are so pleased that she did. They were so much cheaper than the cruise ship equivalents and the guides were always on time, extremely informative helpful and very knowledgeable. Special thanks to Barbara in Dubrovnik, Lenka in Corfu, Cleopatra in Olympia and Nandi in Naples. We will definitely recommend Cruising Excursions to anyone planning a cruise.
Many thanks for helping to make our holiday so enjoyable.
Jacqueline and Graham
We have just returned from our cruise where we took a Naples tour through you and it was fantastic. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly. The price of the tour was a fraction of the cost we would have paid through the ship. I have recommended you to everyone I met on the cruise and will certainly use you again.
Janet and Stuart Leonard.
Hi, would just like to let you know that we have just come back from our cruise on Adventure of the Seas and booked all our trips with you. We loved every one of them. They were good value for money and all the guides were great. We would highly recommend you to everyone and look forward to more of your great trips when we cruise next time.
Jeff, Sue and Jamie Cooper.
I just wanted to say how brilliant your service was to my family and myself on our Royal Caribbean cruise to Monaco, Monte Carlo, Pisa and Rome, which ended Sunday 21st July.
Right from the start your sales team gave us exactly what we wanted for our excursions at a great price, including gaining access to the Colosseum in Rome. Everything went exactly to plan, being met at the ports of call and taken to our destinations.
The guides were absolutely brilliant, Peter on the Monaco trip and Isobel on the Rome trip. Their knowledge and experiences really made the days out a pleasure(Pisa we did on our own, although we booked the bus trip with yourselves).
We will thoroughly recommend you to anyone travelling in the future.
WELL DONE GUYS.
Just to let you know, out of only 10 people on our part of the Rome trip, I was the only one who had a ticket to go into the Colosseum, which I had booked through you, but all the other 9 people thought their ticket included entry to the site.
I can only thank the sales rep for including the entry for the additional £20.
Once again great service, and many thanks to you all.
L & J Lucas
After booking an MSC Cruise on the ship ‘Splendida’ for our 40th Wedding Anniversary, we were
advised to book Excursions with Yourselves as you were cheaper than the Cruise Ship tours. We
chose the Barcelona & Rome trips and pre booked tickets for the Colosseum.
Monday 08/07/2013: Expecting a coach excursion and pleasantly surprised to find a Driver
Ricardo waiting at our pickup point with a car. The S class Mercedes was immaculate and we were
chauffeur driven around Barcelona stopping at various points of interest, with Ricardo informing
us of the history before arriving at the destination. We saw all the important sights of Barcelona
which gave us a good understanding of the history.
Friday 12/07/13: We met Driver Doutcha (sorry if not correct spelling) at the pickup point for
Rome, unsure if the Barcelona trip was a one off, we were pleasantly surprised at the Mercedes
People Carrier that we shared with a Texan family of four. Doutcha was as informative and reliable
as the first Driver in Barcelona. We were driven around Rome and given time to see all the points of
interest. Having the option from the Driver for more time if we felt we needed it, as did the Driver
in Barcelona. We also stopped at a Restaurant for lunch and paid €10 for ‘all you can eat’ with lots of choice which was really good value. Having pre-booked to see inside the Colosseum with this company there was no queuing to enter (the queues to get tickets would have taken hours).
We also booked a trip from the Cruise ship which we were thoroughly disgusted with in Tunis.
On arrival home just had to say how Cruising Excursions made our holiday special and would
recommend them to anyone and will definitely use them should we travel abroad again.
Many Thanks to Driver/Guides Ricardo & Doutcha for their expertise in their field.
Hi Cruising Excursions,
We have just returned from a trip of a lifetime on Ruby Princess from Venice to Rome. We used Cruising Excursions for the first time and were a little apprehensive about how good they would be.
We had nothing to worry about, we followed the directions on the vouchers and found the cruise guide exactly where the said they would be at every port. The guides we friendly, helpful and all spoke good English. The transport was more suited to the local conditions (e.g. smaller coaches) than the huge coaches that the cruise line used.
We noticed that it was the same group of smart people that booked through Cruising Excursions at every port, so we got to know everyone and often met up with them on the ship in the evening.
Speaking to others at dinner that used Princess Excursions, we found that their tours were very similar to ours but ours were half the price. Most of them said they would use your company on their next cruise.
I would like to thank you for a great experience which enhanced our trip and at a reasonable price
Pat and Nigel Smith
We took a tour to Ephesus last Wednesday. I just wanted to say a huge thank you as our tour guide, Emri (spelling?), was fantastic and to be in a small group was much the best way to do it. He was extremely knowledgeable, charming and had a terrific sense of humour. The tour was most informative and probably the best we've ever done. I have no idea whether you can pass on our thanks to his employers in Turkey but think it important you, as a company, know how excellent he was. We also did the Olympia tour the following day and enjoyed that too. Again a small group...........and much cheaper,we gather, that the trips organised by Royal Carribean. We''ll certainly book through you again.
My wife and I recently returned from a 12 day cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit which departed from Venice, Italy on 25 October 2013.
We booked all of our shore excursions through your company and we are very very pleased with the tours and your drivers and guides. We found the tours covered all of the sites of those offered by the ships Shore Excursions Desk with one exception. Your tours are far superior in the knowledge of the guides and are just a fraction of the cost. Your guides set a pace for all to follow instead of the frantic race that ship sponsored tours often offer. The guides were always checking to assure that those who were not as fast or had some degree of mobility issues were always with the group and they frequently stopped to wait for all to catch up so that a comprehensive explanation of the history or folklore of a site could be given to all.
You are to be congratulated on your packages, price and particularly the in depth knowledge of the guides who were obviously pleased to show strangers around their respective cities. You definitely are our company of choice for future cruise and shore excursions. Very well done!
We wish to particularly thank and give the highest marks to Sinan Kurt, our guide in Ephesus. His tour was the most in-depth, knowledgeable tour that I have ever taken. It was an absolute pleasure and learning experience to spend our time with him. Not only was he expert in the history of the site but he also gave us a look into the warmth and hospitality of the Turkish people. He is one of your strongest assets.
Our only disappointment came as a result of us both feeling ill on the day that we arrived in Athens and both missed the tour.
Thank you for making this cruise such a memorable occasion.
We're just back from a 10 day cruise on Oceania's Riviera (a fantastic ship and highly recommended) and took three Cruising Excursion tours and we're delighted to report that all three were absolutely first class. We're first time customers of CE and did wonder beforehand how we would find you but the whole experience was as good, if not better, that ship organised tours and the cost saving was quite significant. Well done Cruising Excursions! - we will certainly use you again and definitely recommend to our friends and family too.
DAVID AND TRICIA
We have recently returned from an Eastern Mediterranean cruise and for the first time we booked several Cruising Excursions tours in lieu of the ship's shore tours. This was our 12th cruise and have always used the ship's tours or done our own thing in port.
We bought a trio of tours in Dubrovnik, Athens and Olympia as a package deal that was better value than buying the three separately.
No regrets at all. All were great value for money and the smaller groups made it more personal. In particular, Lida, our guide in Dubrovnik was wonderful.
We have no hesitation in recommending Cruising Excursions to others and will look to use them again whenever possible.
ROBBIE AND JACKIE
We just retuned from our holiday, and we had a fantastic time we went to Pompeii our guide [Carmine] I think that was his name was superb his knowledge of Pompeii was exceptional.We were a small party of only the two of us that did not detour him. It was just fantastic. Carmine congratulations on your wedding. I would recommend Cruising Excursions to anyone, and very good value for money. I would definitely use you again. Thank you very much.
We have just returned from a cruise on Crown Princess and used cruising excursions on three occasions, in Kusadasi for Ephesus, Athens and Naples.
The tours were excellent value for money and very informative. I can't remember the name of the guide in Kusadasi but together with Marissa in Athens (Accropolis) and Adriana in Naples (Pompei) she was very well informed, but not in a stuffy way. We thoroughly enjoyed our trips.
We have just returned home from our honeymoon cruise on the Liberty of the Seas and booked our 3 excursions
3. Pompeii/Sorrento/Amalfi Coast
We had a FANTASTIC time on our tours despite the strikes that were going on in Italy, they may have made us walk further to get back to our coach but did not spoil our enjoyment.
We would like to especially acknowledge our Rome guide she was excellent absolutely full of knowledge, spoke English very well, kept doing head counts and taking our names to ensure all of our group had returned to our meeting points. Give that woman an award!!!!
Your drivers were very good as well.
In all excellent value for money and we would not book with any other company in the future.
Well done Cruising Excursions!!!!
We have recently returned from an Eastern Med cruise and took your excursion in Istanbul. The guide you allocated-Volkan Akoluk- was absolutely superb with an encyclopaedic knowledge. Please pass on our grateful thanks. We will always use your company for our future cruise excursions.
What a great price for a fab tour, pisa was great and the stalls on the way up to miracle square had great bargains, dont forget to haggle.Florence was simply breathtaking, and the guide we had, Marco was extremely knowledgable, Lots to see in Florence but although there was plenty of walking we did stop to look at things for a while, so this gave me hance to catch up, I walk with a stick, but managed.He picked us up at the ship at 8.30 on the dot and proceeded to give us a day to remember.
Rome smart price tour.
The start of the tour was a little disasterous , as I had not read the voucher properly and had not gone to the allocated pick up point, but a quick call to the office and all sorted.
The pouring rain didnt make it easy to find the coach, once we arrived. However once we were off and on our way the day was fabulous, the guide( sorry cant remember name) was great with plenty of knowledge and advice, please please remember to book tickets in advance for both the colusseum and vatican, we had decided not to at either, and how sorry we were on the day, especially the vatican, there is a lot of walking, I use a stick but was able to manage, and just about keep up.
We ate a fantastic pizza at a little deli sitting outside on the pavement 6 € inc a drink.
I would not hesitate to use or recomend cruising excursions as they offer, quality tours, at exceptional prices.
This is to tell you how delighted we were with the excursion, in St Petersburg, which your company organised for us with Tour de Force. We had a wonderful and informative day with their guide Elena, she was so knowledgeable and patient with so many tourists throughout the day. Even when we were very early [having been told by the cruise ship that it would take up to 2 hours to clear customs - it took ten minutes] Tour de force came immediately to see us. They even gave us a welcome pack which included hand cleansing liquid and pacamacs in case of rain - outstanding.
Also, the celebrity cruise clients who took the on -board excursion on the same day, paid twice as much and received a whistle stop tour with no historical information at all from their guide. They were frogmarched through the Hermitage whereas we were treated to an indepth tour .
John & Barbara Bowd
We have just returned from our Eastern Mediterranean cruise on ms Noordam and would confirm how happy we were with the excursions to Olympia, from Katakalon, with Ioanna, with a party of about 15, and a private tour, to Ephesus, from Kusadasi, with Raife. These ladies are very pleasant, very good at their job and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We would recommend them wholeheartedly.
The cost was about half of the ship's offered excursions.
We have just returned from our Eastern Meditteranean Cruise and booked 3 different excursions through cruisingexcursions.com. We do not like crowds, so as a family of 3 we chose to do private tours and now that it's over, we are so glad that we did. The private tours exceeded all of our expectations - we got to ask any questions we wanted, got to personalize the tour for specific things we wanted (like stopping by a Starbucks to buy a souvenir mug, or the Hard Rock cafe for a t-shirt), got to interact with a local guide and driver and even eat lunch at local, non-touristy spots that the driver or guide recommended. Another advantage of a private tour is that your guide speaks the language and that is very helpful when you are at a shop or restaurant trying to interact with the locals. We made some amazing memories that will last a lifetime and we will never book a crowded tour through the cruise ship again!
Here are the specific guides we had and highly recommend:
In Athens, Greece we had Maria. She was very knowledgeable and we learned so much from her. She was patient with us when we took a little too long at the souvenir shops and the driver, Christoff, recommended the best little Greek restaurant where we had an amazing Greek lunch!
In Kusadasi, Turkey, we had Kay. He was also very knowledgeable and we could see that he had a true interest in Ephesus and loved his country. He spoke very good English and gave us plenty of time to stop and take pictures of anything we wanted. He was cheerful and funny.
In Rome, Italy we had Francesco Galletti. He was amazing! We did the Rome on your Own tour, and so when we first met him we told him what was on our list to see. We only had about 7-8 hours in Rome until our plane departed, and in that time he was able to get us everywhere we wanted and including a few places we hadn't even known about. It was such a pleasure to be with him - we loved hearing his Italian accent and he was professional, friendly and had a great sense of humor. He was able to drive us up close to every sight, which minimized the amount of walking we would have had to do if we were on a bus tour. He took us to a delicious hidden Italian pizzeria for lunch and even dropped us by the Hard Rock cafe for a t-shirt and a gelateria for a strawberry granita!
I highly recommend you book your cruise excursions through cruisingexcursions.com and request these guides! You will not regret it!
Shirley Cooper + Friends
Just back from 12 day cruise on Celebrity Solstice. We were a group of 8 friends and used Cruise Excursions for 3 trips and I must say each one was excellent. Perfect timing and the guides were so courteous and knowledgeable. The transport was clean and modern. We will definitely use your company again next time we cruise and without doubt recommend you to anyone who would be cruising. Thank you so much.
We would like to thank you for our Civitavecchia port transfer to Rome and to our hotel near Ciampino airport. Our driver Mr Francesco Galetti was very courteous and professional. He dealt with all our requests and issues in a very positive attitude
Fely Rugless - Group of 46 passengers
Forty-six classmates and friends from Philippine Union College Academy Class of '72 took a 7-day Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Epic July 15-22, 2012. We used Cruising Excursions for all our shore trips.
We appreciate the professionalism and punctuality for all our shore excursions. Our guides were knowledgeable. Some of the guides actually made prior lunch arrangements for the whole group. Special mention to our guides Fernando, Monica, Rosa, Ingrid, and Katie who gave us a good mix of facts, stories, and humor. The bus drivers were excellent as well. It was nice to have newer, air-conditioned busses so the group could travel together.
This all would not have been possible were it not for our impression of great customer service from Simonne from day 1.
Truly Cruising Excursions added to our memorable trip. We would use them again.
HARVEY & VICKY DEROSA
HI, WE WERE ON A CELEBRITY CRUISE JUNE TO JULY ON SOLSTICE AND WERE WARMLY MET BY ROSA WHO IS A FIRST CLASS LADY WITH AN OVERWHELMING EDUCATION AND WELL VERSED IN THE HISTORY OF PIZA AND FLORENCE. THIS WAS OUR 2ND TOUR AFTER FRANCE WITH YOUR COMPANY. I HAD 4 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN WITH US AND YOUR TOURS AND TOUR GUIDES WERE IMPRESSIVE ESPECIALLY ROSA.
Billy and Lorraine Thomson
have just returned from our cruise where we booked our excursion the italian trio through your company, what can we say, all three tour guides were amazing full of local knowledge and were great company we started the excursions with Rosa who led us on an amazing tour of Pisa and Florence she was fantastic and made our day with her great knowledge and hummour, Then we went to Rome with Maria she was so full of knowledge and was able to keep the group together in such a crowded place. Our last guide was Alexandra and she took us along the Amalfie coast and then to Pompie fantastic. We learned so much from all three guides your company should be proud of them they made our holiday and left us with great memories.
I wanted to let you know that I was very pleased with all of the shore excursions which I purchased through your company. As never using third party providers while cruising I was a little nervous. However, every excursion went wonderfully. The guides were very professional, the transportation provided was exceptional and there was never an issue with time. I will definitely use Cruising Excursions.Com again in all future cruises. Thanks again!!!
I just wanted to follow up to your company about the excursions we booked through your company. We purchased the Italian Trio (Full Day Tour in Rome, Naples, Salerno and Livorno)
I was a little sceptable when I came upon your website and thought the prices were far too cheap as the ship excursions were priced twice as high if not more. I had used other internet excursion sites in the past and they had worked so well, I thought I would give yours a try.
Your excursioins far surpassed what I had hoped for. A review of what tours I participated in, were not only cheeper than the ships, they were far better! Our first excursion was Florence and Pisa with Rosa as our tour gide. It felt as we were having a great day with friends. Rosa was very knowledgable, spoke perfect English, and had us laughing with her humor. The tour had less people and a smaller buss than the other tours so it made it feel more personal. Our second tour was Rome and Maria was our guide. Maria was well spoken, knowledgable and a pleasure to have as a guide. Josephene was our last tour guide in Naples and Pompeii. Her knowledge, personality and pride of the job were outstanding. Your company should be proud that you hired these guides and they represented your company well. I do need to mention your drivers and transportation were great too!
Hi we have just returned from a Cruise on the med and used your services in Italy. We booked the Trio of excursions for Italy and the service we received was fantastic. We had Rosa as our guide in Pisa and Florence and she was just brillant. Great woman and fantastic knowledge of the areas we visited. We had Maria in Rome and she was an excellent guide. Got to see a lot in one day and everything went smoothly. We had Josephine in Naples and Sorrento, we visited the ruins of Pompei and had a wonderful drive on the Almafi coast before stopping in Sorrento. overall the excursions were very good and would highly recommend your company to anyone cruising. We will be using your services again. Great value, so much cheaper than the Cruise line excursions.
We used you guys June 2012, and it was wonderful! Everyone showed up on time they were very informative and nice. We had a blast! I can't wait to see you guys again next June ! People this company IS real and we adored or drivers and guide. We really love the Amalfi Coast and sorrento........ Thanks again Benita cooper and friends... Chicago il
I WANTED TO THANK YOU AND CRUISING EXCURSIONS AGAIN FOR A WONDERFUL DAY IN NAPLES. WE VISITED SORRENTO,THE AMALFI COAST AND OF COURSE POMPEII. THE DRIVER WAS KNOWLEDGEABLE AND THE TRANPORTATION VECHICLE WAS OVER THE TOP. IT WAS A GREAT DAY THAT REALLY MADE OUR VACATION.
THANK SO MUCH. I WILL BE SURE TO USE YOUR SERVICES ON OUR NEXT HOLIDAY.
Hello. We have just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. We booked a tour for Pisa and Florence and were very happy we did so instead of the tour with our Cruise line. The difference per person in price was about $100.00 . For 4 people that was a very significant savings.
Our tour guide Rosa was informative and took us to a restaurant in Florence that was great fun, great food and a great value. She also took the time to take us to a shop that sold balsamic vinegar that we had wanted to purchase. We enjoyed her knowledge of both Pisa and Florence.
The driver was excellent, the coach well air conditioned which was so welcomed during a very hot spell in Italy.
Great value, knowledgeable and friendly staff.
I have just returned from the cruise and wanted to say how much we enjoyed them. (Our Excursions)
We met Hayley in Kotor and then had Branka as our guide. She was excellent. Montenegro is such a stunning country.
In Dubrovnik we were met by Helena, who acted as our guide. She also was excellent.
Both tours were very enjoyable and informative.
Thanks once again for your kind hospitality Simon (Cruising Excursions MD) and we look forward to growing business together.
John Mcewan (Ceo Advantage Travel Services)
Just a short note to say thank you and keep up the good work. All the high praise testimonials are right on and well deserved. The service you provided for the seven excursions we booked through your company was exceptional and beyond expectation. Your guides were beyond comparison and all excellent!! I can recommend your company at the highest degree possible and will surely use your service in the future when required.
Thank you again,
Denise, Tampa, Florida
We had amazing tours while cruising Italy, France and Spain. I would like to highlight our guide Apollo for Pompeii, Serrento, and Positano. He shared so much history with us it was unbelievable.
Maria was our tour guide for Rome and she did an excellent job sharing so much history and did a great job keeping our large group together.
Probably the bet tour was Florence and Pisa by Youssra-Giusi. She was raised in Florence and shared what it was like to grow up in the city. She shared so much of her life in Florence, I felt a connection with her as a friend.
I don't know if you have guide choices when scheduling tours but Apollo and Youssra-Giusi were definitely the highlight of our 12 day vacation.
We would just like to say Thanks very much for the 2 excellent excursions that you we booked through you while on the Norwegian Epic. Both of the couriers that we had were great. Sorry can't remember the name of the person in Naples, but in Cannes we had a young man called Vasil, who was really informative, and gave us a great day. We would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends.
This is the first time that I have booked excursions with an external company. The web site is great and excursions are easy to book. The special combined prices are great if you are booking for 6 people like I did.
We chose the Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano – Rome – Florence & Pisa trips. All were fantastic in different ways ….
The small groups were ideal and made getting around so much easier and faster.
Pompeii was fascinating and the guide was very easy to understand, he organised our trip so we didn’t hit Pompeii with the crowds which was appreciated !
Florence and Pisa was just a really lovely day made in the main by Rosa our beautiful guide. We had a gorgeous Italian Pasta and Salad lunch arranged by this wonderful lady which we will be eternally grateful for. The taste of pesto still lingers in my mouth ! – Florence is simply magnificent.
Rome was awesome – having been several times before, I appreciated how much we got to see in one day. The larger group was split into smaller groups and headsets were extremely useful as we didn’t miss any of the commentary especially as sometimes trying to keep up with the group was difficult at times amongst the crowds.
For s group of 6 – 4 children, Cruising Excursions allowed us to be able to afford 3 trips instead of perhaps 1 if we had booked through the cruise ship company. Thank you !!
Love to our Rosa in Florence x
J & J Perkins
We booked a tour from Civitavecchia to Rome May 11 and our driver was Duccio. We would just like to say how pleased we were with his service, driving, and the sites he took us to enjoy. The entire experience was way beyond our expectations. After he waited for us to disembark and met us, he took us on a fantastic sight-seeing trip before dropping us at the airport!! Give that man a raise!! Thanks cruising excursions for making the last day of vacation such a pleasant and rewarding one. If we ever need your services again and I’m sure we will, we will definitely use you again.
Mr S McGrath
We completed our Mediterranean cruise yesterday, and am writing this email from Hong Kong, as we make our way back home to Australia.
Our final shore excursion with Cruising Excursions was on Wednesday to Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano, with pick-up from Naples.
The day could not have provided us with a better end to our cruise if we had organized it ourselves. Carmine, our tour guide for the day, met us port-side well ahead of time, and was a most charming, knowledgeable, accommodating and gracious guide.
The spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast, the step back in time at Pompeii,and the sheer beauty of this region, were accentuated through Carmine's commentary. His attention to detail, clear instructions at every leg of the trip, and the precise timing which kept us on schedule throughout the day, made this a memorable experience, and a wonderful end to our three weeks in the Mediterranean.
Please pass on our special commendation to Carmine (and Salvatore, the bus driver) for a brilliant job, and congratulations once again to your company for providing us with great value for money.
When I booked my Mediterranean cruise for my birthday, I was glad to find how inexpensive the cost of the cruise trip itself. But as we all know, the excursions on each port can add up to or even exceed the cost of the cruise and this is especially true in the European ports. I had searched many different websites providing cruise excursions on the ports I will be visiting and calculated that I would spend around C$1,100.00 if I book through the ship or these other providers for all 5-port excursions. Through a chat board on a group that I visited, someone mentioned about cruisingexcursions.com and I was definitely surprised that the 5-port excursions would only cost me roughly under $400, which also included entrances to Vaticans, Accademia and Colloseum. My first instinct like many others was that this website was a scam. However, I gathered my courage to contact them and "gamble" with this company rather than knowingly spend $200-300 on a port. I was immensely surprised with the money I spent on cruisingexcursions.com. Not only the customer service was superbly delivered, but the tour operators that cruisingexcursions.com utilizes are also great. I was especially impressed with the tour guides assigned to us. Marianna (in Naples), Maria (in Civitavecchia), Rosa (in Livorno), Max (in Cannes) and Mika (in Marseilles) were amazing guides who were very knowledgable about the local areas and fluent in English. One thing you should not worry is whether you would get back on the ship on time. These guides will MAKE SURE that you see what you NEED to see and get you back on time. Lastly, I would like to commend the professionalism for cruisingexcursions.comcrews and tour operators, especially that even under pressure, they are very cool-headed and get the jobs done.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for making my birthday an unforgettable one.
K & I Rossman
We recently took two of your excursions in Turkey and are submitting this testimonial for you to post on your web site if you wish:
We booked our excursions in May 2012 in Kusadasi and Istanbul through Cruising Excursions and couldn't have been more pleased! Our guides in both locations ( Dicle in Kusadasi and Mustafa in Instanbul) we punctual, extremely knowledgeable about the sites we visited and wonderfully personable. It was great to have our own private guide allowing us flexibility in how long we spent at each site and adding other sites of interest as time allowed. We would definitely book excursions with you again! Thanks so much for a wonderful experience.
J & L Buckley
I wish to commend you and thank you for your orginisation of excursion trips which we took on a recent holiday around the Mediterranean. Your trips were exceptional and very professionally organised .They were great value and I could not speak highly enough of the guides particularly a young man called Ducco who made Rome a very special experience for us.
Have recently returned from Adriatic Discovery cruise on Queen Elizabeth. In Corfu we decided to try your company for the first time and pre-booked at less than half the price of the cruise company. No queuing for shuttle bus, your guide was at the port terminal on time as promised with the bonus of an air conditioned car.
Our tour guide Lenka Giourga was excellent. Her knowledge of the history and culture of the island was first class and it was easy to see that she was passionate about it. Nothing was too much trouble and she made everything interesting and alive. Would recommend to anybody visiting Corfu to use you. Well done and thank you, we will be using your services again when we next cruise.
Mrs A. J. Kirkham
I felt that I had to write to you to thank all the team ( especially Rebecca) for helping to organise our party's local excursions in Italy, taken on a wonderful cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse.
In Rome the guide was ready and waiting absolutely to time. The small bus was immaculate.Daniella the guide was magnificent! we had an 8 hour 'Smart price tour 'that was both informative and fun. All for £39.99
The following day we went on your 'Smart Price' tour of Pisa and Florence. Max the guide was a professor at Florence University. He gave us a wonderful day as he was so knowledgable and really excited about sharing his love of Florence with us all. He also organised a delicious lunch at a small ,genuine Tuscan restaurant for only 15 euro's. The Chianti kept on coming!!
We have already begun to spread the news about your excellent service and friendly and efficient operators. We will of course use you again to help us select excursions for our next cruise experience.Thank you!
G & F Gamble
Booked a Ephesus and Athens tour from Cruising Excursions and could not have been happier. Less than the price of Ship excursion and so much more personal, not to mention cheaper. Guide met us on time on both occasion and made our trip memorable. Will certainly be booking through cruising excursions again.
Just want you to know we were very pleased with your tours.
The guides are good, buses were very comfortable, tours starts/stops on time. We were very pleased with our tours.
Mike & Mary N
Dear Cruising Excursions,
My wife & I just returned from our 12-day Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Solstice, May 11-23, 2012. We found your company on google as we were not familiar with european excursions, being from the USA. We booked 7 excursions with Cruising Excursions: Barcelona, Naples, Venice, Dubrovnik, Rome, LaSpezia and Corsica. Unfortunately, the Corsica excursion was cancelled by CE before the cruise, and the Venice excursion did not work out due to a timing issue. However, all the other excursions were terriffic. We enjoyed having the smaller buses and mini-vans instead of the large buses on most of the excursions. This also gave us a more personal tour and allowed the vehicles to go into areas that the larger buses were not able to reach. This was especially helpful since my wife has had a knee replacement and has difficulty walking long distances.
From first contacting your company and asking many questions to the very helpful Simonne prior to booking, to following up with Sally with the sales team department after our cruise, the staff was always very professional and helpful.
We have mentioned your company to others on this cruise that booked through Celebrity and they stated they will look up your company for their future tours. Not only were your excursions more comfortable, but were much less expensive than the excursions offered by Celebrity. We will definitely book with your company in the future.
Eric and Mavis Layton
We have just returned from our cruise to the Baltic on Saga Sapphire. We used your company to arrange our 2-day tour of St Petersburg on 13/14 May where we were met by Bella, Eugene and Vladimir. We were delighted to find that we had the sole use of the services of the guide (Eugene) and driver (Vladimir), both of whom were friendly and courteous. Eugene impressed is so much with his knowledge of St Petersburg and its history. His excellent command of the English language ensured our visits to the many beautiful palaces and museums were both interesting and informative. He knew every painting and artefact in all the places we visited – his knowledge is truly incredible.
Meanwhile, thanks to all the staff at Cruising Excursions who dealt with our request so efficiently and helpfully. We passed your name to many of our fellow cruisers.
Just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous tour we had in Rome on 12 May. We couldn't have asked for anymore and would ask if you could possibly pass our thanks on to Mario who was superb. The mini-bus meant that we saw so much more than we would have if we had been on a coach. I have to admit that I was a little bit apprehensive doing an independent tour for the first time, but everything worked perfectly and I have and will continue to recommend you to colleagues.
Lorraine and Art K
Both my wife and I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for four great excursions we booked thru your firm prior to our leaving Canada. We were on the NCL Spirit in the Mediterranean in late April, early May/2012. Having booked your Italian Trio as well as Athens Greece tours, we were very impressed with the care and service we received on all of our four excursions. On all four tours, the guides were very knowledgable about all the sights that we visited, or drove past.
My wife had suffered a leg disability just prior to the cruise, and walked with a cane. All of the guides were very good about making sure that we were not left behind, or that we did not miss any sights.
We have used Cruise Line based tours in the past, and were perhaps a little skeptical, as your firm was new, but we found the value received thru your tours to be excellent. We highly recommended your firm to a number of fellow cruisers on the Ship, and they were very interested in contacting you with regard to cruises that they have already booked, or are planning to book in the future.
On our next Cruise or Holiday, we will be sure to contact Cruising Excursions for any tours, and as well we will be passing your name on to friends and family who are planning to travel abroad.
Just a quick note to say thanks for arranging our cruise excursions. We had a wonderful time. Each of your guides was outstanding with considerable local and historical knowledge. We were absolutely rapt with each of three excursions and have already recommended you to a number of people.
Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed our tours with your company (Corfu & Ephesus). The drivers & guides were wonderful & we had a most pleasant & informative couple of days with them all. We have been recommending your company to everyone on the cruise as we were most impressed & went to places that the tours from the ship didn’t & your tours were certainly a lot cheaper & much better value!
Thank you once again. We will definitely be in contact again when we decide to do another cruise.
Greetings from Florida!
We used your services to book a tour of Florence/Pisa on April 28, 2012 (Navigator of the Seas). We couldn't be more pleased! Rosa Shamash was our tour guide. She is delightful! Having a small group of 7 was especially nice, Rosa having English as her first language was tremendous, the tips on how and when to tour certain areas was great. Rosa's knowledge on the subject was vast, more than she could fit into a day. I highly recommend her as a tour guide. Our driver, Allessandro (sorry I don't know how he spells his name) was also excellent, not only navigating through Florence with skill, but he also, had knowledge of the area and it's history that he shared with us. His English was more than sufficient to tell us the history of Pisa, and what we were seeing on our way back to the ship. They are a good team.
We booked the Rome tour through yourselves and it was excellent, cannot praise Mario highly enough and saw a lot of sights we would not normally have seen excellent service and will certainly recommend to friends. Great price, great service and great tour guide. Perfect in all aspects.
Thank you so much for our recent excursions.We arranged a transfer from Barcelona airport. The driver was there waing for us,superb.
We booked a tour of Carthage and Sidi Bou Said. As there were 7 of us we got our own minibus with an excellent driver and guide. The tour was amazing as the guide spoke such suberb English and was so informative.I recommend this tour to everyone. So much better than the cruise ship option.
Again another Minibus to ourselves. We were able to stop exactly where we wanted and see so much more than the cruise ship offered.I have recommended you to all my friends and cruise companies I use and will be using you again in October for the Canary Islands. Thank you so much.
I wanted to thank you for the fabulous service we received when we booked our tours with your company. This was the first time that we booked excursions not using the ship's services and we were a little anxious about doing so, however all my concerns have been resolved and I would not hesitate in using your company for all of our future cruises, and I am telling friends to do the same. We were sailing on Ventura in April 2012 and throughout the booking process I had great help with the online support to answer any queries I had and eventually booked tours in Rome and Florence/Pisa.
The Rome tour was efficient, informative and friendly, thanks Mario!
Our guides showed us sights that the P&O tourers did not get chance to see - including the best sight in Rome, which he promised us and it did not disappoint! Fabulous! Also the transport was clean and small enough to be able to park next to the main sights we needed to see in Rome, with only eight of us in the car, we saw all of the sights we wanted to see without rushing or feeling like 'we were following a crowd'. We had plenty of time to see the sights at each stop and at no point felt like time was tight. Your company also arranged tickets for us to go into the Colosseum which worked seamlessly and allowed us to skip the lengthy queues. A wonderful day all round. Thank you!
Sadly we were not able to dock in Pisa/Florence and so were not able to take the tour we had booked. I did not have to worry about the money that we paid for this trip being lost however. On my return I contacted you via email and a full refund was in my bank account within two working days!!! Amazing service - thank you! This really did convince me that there are no worries about using a service like yours as you seem to have everything covered and it works perfectly.
I look forward to many more excursions with you!
Thanks to all involved
Our tour out of Monaco was fantastic! Our driver was young energetic and highly knowledgeable about the region. We had a great quality tour seeing the Fragonard museum, Eze, the changing of the guard in Monaco, the grand prix route and other highlights of the region. We would definitely use cruisingexcursions again in this region.We rate this tour a 10
Our tour in Florence was amazing! The Mercedes was spotlesssly clean. The driver(Masemo) was young and talkative giving us many stories and facts about the region as we headed into Florence from port. He brought as cold bottled water and checked frequently on our comfort.
When we entered Florence we met Sami our local guide. He had advanced degrees in Art and Architectual history and gave an awesome walking tour in the city center. He then joined us for our tour in the Accademia. We skipped to the front of the line with no waiting. He gave us a wonderful detailed tour of the pieces in the museum, with special detail on the Michaelangelo pieces. we rate this tour a 10
10 April 2012
We recently booked 4 excursions from you.
Just to let you know that we are very very impressed by the promptness of the representatives in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Thomas. We had thoroughly enjoyed our trips when we docked at the named places. We definitely will use you in our future bookings again when we go on our next cruise in September this year to the Azores and Canary Islands.
Once again, thank you for your efficient service.
Just like to inform you that the excursion in Israel was excellent. Me and my husband were the only couple on the excursion and were very grateful that it was not cancelled for this reason. Odi our driver/tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and funny.
Many thanks A Cole
13 March 2012
I want to tell everybody about our tour in Rome. We were sailing on MSC and there tours to Rome were so expensive, I have to say the tour Cruising Excursions arranged for us was amazing (thanks Mario) and the price was fantastic! It was more than half the price of the cruise ships. Well done to you all, I do appreciate the time you spent with me in choosing this tour, it was so worth it. I will definately be using you in the future and recommending you to my cruising colleagues. Thanks again, Von.
05 March 2012
Please can you put this on your review sight.
This is my second time using cruising excursions on both occasions they have been extremely efficient dealing with my requests. The Petra trip far exceeded our expectations the guide was great and travelling in small groups is far better than with a large group of 40 plus people. There were 8 of us on the minibus and my son met a buddy for the holidays.
27 February 2012
My first booking with you and obviously I was apprehensive. However, everything was fine, met as arranged at the quayside, excellent driver tour was as expected, absolutely great and most competitive price compared with P&O...Thank You
08 February 2012
Just to let you know I was highly delighted with the 2 trips I did in New Zealand, if this is your general standard in all countries then count us in.
31 January 2012
We recently used your services in January 2012 when cruising on "Azura" and were greatly impressed.
14 December 2011
Just to say a belated thank you for the three trips my wife and I took through your company, travelling on the Celebrity Constellation 6th November to 20th November 2011. We did a tour in Ephesus and the guide and driver where first class. The transport excellent, her name was Mellisa so many thanks to her. We did 2 tours in Israel form Ashdod and Haifa. Udi was our giude and again excellent tour very knowledgeable about the place so all iI can say is I will look forward to using you again for our next adventure.
23 December 2011
I just wanted to write and thank you so much for organising our recent excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
We had an absolutely fantastic day. Udi, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions throughout the day, and tailor our itinerary as we required. Nothing was too much trouble and he really looked after us.
I mentioned your organisation to many other passengers on our ship (Thomson Celebration), many of them regular cruisers. I made sure they noted down your website details and explained that we did a trip for less than half the price they paid for through Thomson. They had no idea that companies like yours existed - so you need to spread the word!!
M and M Bell
29 November 2011
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for our (Ancient Ephesus Tour) excursion.
9 November 2011 Ephesus from Vision Of The Seas.
We specifically wish you to thank Ali for his wonderful stories and knowledge and general friendliness, kindness and was an excellent Guide.
Please be so kind as to thank him for us.
Your company was recommended to us by friends.
We will pass on the recommendation to future trippers.
03 November 2011
After quite a few years of taking shuttle buses or just strolling around adjacent ports of call, I was rather nervous of handing myself over to an organisation of which I had no knowledge or recommendation.
As it turned out, the experience was better than I could have hoped for.
The meeting instructions were a little vague, but turning up ashore about an hour after the ship's docking worked fine and there was very little waiting at any of our three venues.
One of the main reasons for choosing Cruising Excursions was that the time shown for the Port Said-Cairo visit was a 'mere' 8 hours, compared to P&O's 13! This latter is far too long for an elderly couple to spend on a bus. We were met by a very polite and amiable tour leader and an excellent driver for the rest of the day, and were joined by a guide for the visits to the Archaeological Museum, the Pyramids and Sphinx. My wife and I were the only passengers in a very comfortable 8-seat minibus.
Our first visit was to the Museum, and in this respect Cruising Excursions proved much the better bet: in fact the P&O tours didn't even go there, apparently deeming the location too dangerous. Our guide here was a little rushed, but there's an enormous amount to see - especially all the Tutankamun exhibits. What the P&O tourists thought about having that omitted from their expensive itinerary I can only guess.
A nice peaceful visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx, then we decided - exhaustion setting in - to give the Bazaar a miss and find out how papyrus paper is made another time. Despite these two omissions, the entire trip took about 11 hours - three or four less than P&O, who missed out on the Museum, travelled in coaches and paid more than twice as much for the privilege
The magnificent Ephesus - from Kusadasi - was even better. Mercedes minibus all to ourselves, a very knowledgeable guide with perfect English.
Plenty of time to have a good look at all the sites - though sometimes having to stand back while parties of P&O tourists rushed through.
(Sorry P&O, that's not fair - I'm sure their tours were perfectly good, just cost a bit more and didn't get free figs.)
Another Mercedes at Katatalon for Olympia. This time the driver wasn't a guide, but he lent us a couple of good guide books and said we could take as long as we liked.
We've been to Olympia before and find it a very special place, best experienced at a gentle stroll. And that's what we did.
All entry fees were included in Cairo and Ephesus, but we had to pay our own at Olympia - and made the mistake of not being able to prove as old as we undoubtedly look.
Perhaps one shouldn't pass judgement based on only three excursions, but if Cruising Excursions come anywhere near this excellent standard on a regular basis then I'd opt for their services without hesitation.
28 October 2011
I was very pleased with Cruising Excursions on our trips (Monaco, Eze & La Turbie and Livorno City Sightseeing) they booked for us. It was a lot cheaper than the cruise ships and you get very good service and very helpful staff.
L Taylor & Family
26 October 2011
I would just like to say how pleased we were with the smart price Rome tour we booked through your company prior to our recent mediterranean cruise onboard the Norweigan Epic. The tour was excellent value for money, especially compared to the high prices charged by the cruise company itself. We visited the Vatican museum which we had prebooked which avoided lengthy queues. We then jumped back on our coach with our friendly guide Claudia where we had a quick stop at the Trevi fountain with enough time to go grab some pizza then drove passed the colloseum then headed to the Spanish steps. This tour enabled our family to see some of the major sites on a whistle stop tour but still at a relaxed, leisurely pace. I would recommend your company based on my recent experience and would certainly book through you again if taking a cruise in the future.
24 October 2011
Just returned from our cruise - great way to enjoy trips- will recommend to all our cruise friends
21 October 2011
I wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with all of the excursions arranged through your company. I would most certainly recommend your service and as it happens we have a friend who will be making a similar trip next year. I will give her your name and contact information. Having conferred with other Nautica passengers regarding the tours they arranged through the cruise line we are even more pleased. Groups of 30, even groups of 15 could not compare and we paid less for our private tours.
21 October 2011
Just wanted to let you know that the two tours I booked through you for myself and my husband on our recent Mediterranean cruise on Carnival Magic were the best tours of our cruise - in particular the tour of Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii that we took from Naples on 11th Oct was the highlight of the whole trip for us. Our driver was excellent, not bothered by the ship's late arrival which had had me panicking, he was courteous and professional, very obliging and obviously enjoyed showing us his beautiful region.
The tour of Valldemossa, Deia and Soller that we took from Palma on 14th Oct was also a great success. In both cases the use of a car meant that we could get to and stop in places that a coach couldn't. I also found your website very easy to use and your prices were much more reasonable than some of the official Carnival tours.
Thank you for your help and I will have no hesitation in booking tours with you again for our future cruises.
19 October 2011
I thought I would let you know how happy we were with our excursions to Pisa, Florence, Rome and Pompeii.
Our guide for the Pisa & Florence excursion was Mike (Michael) from the moment we set off he provided excellent information. He ensured that the group was intact and no one was allowed to drift too far from the group.
...Pompeii...Vanda was an excellent guide, full of information of Naples and the surrounding areas on the way to Pompeii. She was happy to answer any questions you had. Excellent guide with a fantastic personality.
Many thanks, if we ever cruise again, I will definitely use your services, excellent guides and the cost was very reasonable compared with other excursion providers.
T Jordan - Iglu
18 October 2011
Just to let you know, the guys I booked on the Istanbul trip in September on the tailor made day trip (Walters : RE: Hippodrome Square, Mosque, Palace, St. Sophia & Grand Bazaar : Istanbul) have taken the time to write to me and tell me how fabulous their day was. 10/10 for that and thanks so much.
17 October 2011
Florence trip was really very well organised and interesting. Sorrento very good the guide was superb. The 3 of us were very pleased with your service and will be using you again.
15 October 2011
Today we had a wonderful Tour in Naples. Your guide was the best. Looking forward to our other tours.
14 October 2011
Just wanted to give you some positive feedback on the excursion I arranged through your company whilst on my P & O Cruise on Ventura recently.
I booked the Highlights of Rome tour - which was almost half price of the same one through P & O.
The courier was at the meeting place at the appropriate time and because he only had me and my husband booked on the day we were taken around Rome in his car - which in itself was great because when on a bus tour there are places where busses cant go and you are left to walk around.
The courier was brilliant and gave us loads of information and a great tour - we were really impressed and had a great day.
You can bet that everyone I speak to about my holiday has been told!
J H Kelly
12 October 2011
Just got back from a glorious holiday aboard the Liberty of the Seas….only topped by our wonderful shore excursions with your company….we had a fabulous time and you made it all the better for us.
04 October 2011
The trip to Ephesus was wonderful and the guide delightful.
03 October 2011
We really enjoyed the excursion to Ephesus. Our guide was excellent, met us promptly at the port and was friendly and helpful. She gave us lots of background information as we drove through the area. The sample of Turkish delight was most unexpected and was a lovely personal touch. careful driver, lovely clean coach. We would definitely recommend your company for a hassle-free and good value excursion.
The Haigh Family.
14 September 2011
We would like as a family to pass on our thanks all concerned with your Company from all the members of our party for the absolutely fabulous time we had on the excursions booked with yourselves.
From our initial 1st trip Cadiz (Seville) through Alghero, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence / Pisa), Cannes (Monaco, Monte Carlo, Nice, Eze), Barcelona and finally Gibraltar all the drivers and guides were extremely knowledgeable about the local regions, the history and features of the places visited including where and when the best time was to visit each place to avoid the crowds, their friendly manner and general attitude (including their sense of humour) were second to none, putting me and our party at complete ease and looking after us from when we first met at the various ports until dropping us back off at the ship, nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always available and prompt.
A special mention and thank you should be passed on to our driver in Barcelona who went above and beyond the call of duty looking after my daughter who was not very well for the whole tour, while insisting we visited / did not miss any of the sights of the city. All the trips were fantastic value for money, all the staff were ultimately professional and their vehicles were spotlessly clean making the tours and our whole party feel very very special, (exclusive, like royalty) we all felt like we had spent the days / tours with special friends.
I myself and our whole party have spoken at length to all our relatives and friends the name of your Company and how hugely impressed we were with the excursions we did and would have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending your Company, drivers and guides to anyone who wanted to book trips to those places we visited and beyond.
When and if we book another cruise or indeed holiday abroad we will all be looking to see if there are any tours available from yourselves.
Once again thank you for making our holiday / trip a once in a lifetime event.