We had a lovely cruise around the Mediterranean and the private excursions arranged through ShoreBee were a joy, as always. It’s so nice being greeted personally at port and taking a personal excursion in an air conditioned car in hot countries, and often to places where coaches are allowed, for example to the Vatican in Rome. On all our private excursions the drivers took us an alternative return routes from some fabulous vantage points so that we could stop to take photos of our ship in port. And on every occasion we were back at our ship, sat by the pool with a drink in our hand before the cruise excursion coaches had returned! We’ll definitely be using ShoreBee again for our next cruise excursions!
As a side issue (and not part of my review above), we were unable to visit Monte Carlo due to an overnight storm which left the Captain unable to use the tenders in the morning to take us to port as the sea was too rough. So we headed off down the coast the St Tropez instead. I did contact the excursion company we were booked with (see attached) who were very grateful as they could stop the driver from turning up at port. They said they would contact ShoreBee accordingly, so that you could advise on the cancellation policy and whether there was any refund entitielment?
Many thanks and regards
Thank you for organising this excursion for us. We enjoyed everything immensely.
We booked a private morning tour of Ephesus (3 hours) from the port of Kusadasi. We were on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship. Rather than book an expensive excursion on a coach with the cruise line, I booked a private tour on the internet. The booking was made through Shore Bee the cost was 118 euros, less than we would have paid the cruise line to be herded onto a coach. We were collected by Benjamin, who was polite and very informative. The price of the tour included the entrance fee. Considering that Ephesus was about 35 minutes drive, the excursion price was reasonable. There was a driver, so that Benjamin could give us his full attention. There was just the two of us. Benjamin was professional, friendly and answered all our questions. He spoke good English and spent the full 3 hours with us. Ephesus was astonishing and fascinating. We had not realised that the Terraced Houses were within the Ephesus enclosure. We would advise that you ask the guide to wait while you go into them. There is plenty of time to do this in a morning and you can pay the extra entrance fee when you are there. We did not opt to go to see the carpet weaving or the leather manufacturing. We felt that this was going to be a sales pitch,but we do wish we had seen the Terraced Houses. Do not miss Ephesus. We took an umbrella with us and I found it useful as there is no shade walking through Ephesus and even in May it was quite hot. Thank you ShoreBee. We will definitely recommend you to others.
Thank you for your excellent service. I'm very impressed and shall recommend you to our local travelling agencies.
We are back from our cruise and had a wonderful time. Your excursions were very well organized and we are glad that we were able to go on them. Unfortunately there was a bad storm in the Mediterranean and the ship could not enter the Palermo harbour. To our great regret we missed the Monreale Cathedral Tour and Catacombs.
Instead the ship went a day too soon to Naples. I phoned World Tours Naples and fortunately we did go on the Naples Group Tour, a day early. It was a great tour and we are glad that we were able to reschedule it.
Thank you for all you have done.
I would especially like to recommend Francesco of the Cagliari Tour. He really did much more than expected. Before the tour, he sent me a WhatsApp with his photo standing in front of his car so I could know what he looked like. He was waiting there an hour early.
He showed us videos on his iPad of the customs of Sardinia and he had laminated diagrams and information about the history. His tour was very informative and he is a very nice and friendly person. He has today even e-mailed photos of us and our tour.
Thank you very much.
Just finished your tour in Istanbul. It was great and guide was wonderful. Will write you excellent reviews when we get home.
Arrived back home early hours this morning,
Just to let you know we had an excellent trip the service you supplied was very good and will recommend you to our friends.
Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed this shore excursion and I will recommend it and your other tours to my clients in the future!!
We arrived back home in USA last week. We were extremely satisfied with both tour guides.
Eda was our guide in Istanbul. She was delightful and so passionate about her country. She was extremely knowledgeable as well. The six in my group took a real liking to her. I felt as though I was touring Istanbul with a distant niece.
Emre was our guide in Ephesus. He was equally delightful and knowledgeable. It was a fun day with him.
I wanted to share my experience with Shorebee
First off, thank you very much for your prompt replies and communication. I had only decided to book this excusion the day before our cruise and with limited internet on the cruiseship, I had to wait until I reached a port with free wifi to retrieve the cruise tour voucher.
Your supplier rep (Rosaline) met our family of 5 promptly at the designated time outside the Naples cruiseport in Naples. We were escorted to the group tourbus already seated with others (hotel tourists). I was happily surprised that the tour included a 2 hr GUIDED tour, which was not I was expecting. Also, paying the entrance fees to the guide in advance enabled her to get entrance tickets immediately without standing in a long line. Good thing we had a guide because Pompeii was HUGE and needed a few days just to take it ALL in but we only had 2 hrs too see the highlights. The tour also included 1 bottle of water per person and a mini bathroom/shopping break for 20 min just before entering Pompeii. During the tour, the Worldtours rep takes pictures on her own and sends you pics via e-mail after the cruise.
After a well-informed tour, we were the first to be dropped off right in front of our cruise port. We saved over $250 off the same cruise ship price. I would definitely use Shorebee again.