The selection of excursions available this year is slightly different from 2012, a good sign when some of the passengers have done the same cruise before.
While sometimes more expensive than what is available locally, booking through the ship means they are responsible for getting us back on to the ship if the tour is running late. It also means that if weather delays our arrival in port, our excursions are refunded.
This year we've booked more excursions than we did in 2012. With 3 of us travelling on one of the winter cruises, sometimes only 2 of us will go on an excursion and some of the excursions involve winter sports but only 1 of us has travel insurance that covers this.