Just back from our Eastern Mediterranean cruise. We had booked ShoreBee for Athens and Istanbul excursions. We were very pleased with both our excursions. I was a bit worried in Athens at first as the tour guide did not come to pick us up till 15 minutes past the pickup time. They apologised as they had to pick others up at the adjacent terminal. In the end all was well. The guides were very well informed and all went according to plan. We were all (6 of us) very pleased and would definitely book with ShoreBee again. I would recommend ShoreBee to anyone looking for shore excursions. Thank you for the great experience.
The trip was excellent, and the guide was knowledgeable and looked after well. If we go on a cruise again would use your services.
Well for what its worth that was our best excursion on the cruise and we were really pleased. No hassle and very knowledgeable guide with good English.
thank you for that
My wife and I are now back in the UK after a wonderful cruise on Queen Elizabeth.
One of the highlights of our cruise was a wonderful visit to Ephesus, Mary's House and the tomb of St John, organised by Shore Bee.
We just wanted to thank you for an excellent tour which was excellent in its organisation, comfort, private guide knowledge and value for money. I should also add that our tour guide, Emira (hope I have spelt this correctly) was excellent. He was knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. Please pass on my comments to him
Finally, we would not hesitate to use Shore Bee in the future for any excusions whilst on holiday.
We had a great experience with Shorebee!
The trip to Efesus was great, very well organised and the tour guide was the best! They were waiting for us at the exit of the cruise terminal, despite us being nearly 30' early. We were driven around in a Mercedes van with just the four of us, our guide and driver. It was well worth booking with you guys, as the same trip costs 149$ pp with Holland America Line!!
The trip to Olympia was also very well organised. In the coach, bringing us from Katakolon to Olympia, they even had wifi which was a great extra advantage. The tour guide at the site of Olympia was an old man who knew so much about Olympia, he told his story as if he'd been part of it all 3000 years ago.
When we took the boat transfer to Oia (Santorini), we had a little difficulty getting off the ship on time. Meeting time was 11AM, though we arrived at the pier 15 minutes late. Nevertheless, the boat was still waiting. Unfortunately, the last coach from Oia to Fira left at 2PM. As our boat from Fira to Oia only left Fira at 12 o'clock, we arrived at Oia around 12.30 (the trip took more than the foreseen 12 minutes). As a result, we only had 1,5 hours to spend in Oia. We would have liked to spend 3 hours or more in beatuful Oia.
Overall, we had a great experience by booking our excursions through shorebee.com. I have to admit that I was a little sceptic about booking excursions on an unknown website, but after this good first experience we are convinced.
As we are real cruise-addicts, we just hope that you guys will open up bookings for excursions in the Caribbean and the rest of the world very soon!!
We will certainly re-book on shorebee.com in the future and I will mention your website on tripadvisor.com for future Mediterranean cruisers!
Besides your website is also a great tool in preparing a cruise, with all the accurate information concerning docking of the ships, getting into town, etc ... We hope to see many more ports of call to be added to your website in the future.
Overall we were very happy with our shore excursion and the fact that Maria gave us some money back because there was no guide. Comfortable coach good air con. Pleasant staff, good time to spend in Olympia. We would definitely use Shore Be again.
Ik schrijf maar in het Nederlands is toch iets makkelijker voor mij.
Cruise Middellandse Zee Nieuw Amsterdam 19 augustus 31 augustus 2013.
Alle lof voor de door jullie geregelde excursies en de transfer.
De transfer van Marco Polo naar het schip Nieuw Amsterdam verliep bijzonder soepel. De chauffeur stond netjes op tijd te wachten met een bordje.
De rit zelf verliep snel en hij heeft ons keurig afgezet en geholpen met het in- en uitladen van de koffers.
Aangezien de kapitein wegens drukte de havens van Kotor en Dubrovnik had omgewisseld moesten jullie op het laatste moment ook het eea wisselen aan excursies voor ons. Ook dit verliep zeer goed en zonder problemen.
In Kotor hadden we een hele aardige chauffeur Marco die niet onderdeed voor een professionele gids en ons vermaakte met verhalen over zijn land. De excursie zelf was ook leuk . Hij had voor nog een extra boottocht geregeld.
In Dubrovnik werden we opgewacht door Anna (de gids) en John de chauffeur. Wederom een geweldige ervaring. Anna leidde ons door Dubrovnik en wist ons heel veel te vertellen. met John gingen we nog een tocht maken naar een prachtig deel van Kroatië waar we een rondleiding kregen.
De excursie naar Pompeï was echt helemaal af. Zeer indrukwekkend en dankzij de audiotour heel duidelijk. Ook de chauffeur was weer heel netjes en correct.
Wat me ook goed beviel is dat geen van deze mensen viste naar fooien maar wel blij verrast was als we ze achteraf nog iets extra's gaven.
Al met al zeer tevreden en ik heb jullie al bij diverse mensen aanbevolen die ook zeker van jullie diensten gebruik gaan maken.
Tijdens de reis had ik vaak medelijden met alle Amerikanen die als schapen in een grote bus werden gedreven door de Hal. Wij zoefden dan in onze privé auto voorbij. Veel prettiger en de prijs kwaliteit is ook goed. Wat ik jammer vind is dat de excursie naar Rome niet doorging. Je had echter gelijk Pieter het was goed te doen met de trein. Alleen was er gewoon niet genoeg tijd om alles te bezoeken dus dat doen we hopelijk de volgende keer.
Verder ben ik ook zeer blij met de informatie op jullie site. In de havens waar we geen excursies hadden geboekt was bijvoorbeeld de informatie over hoe in de stad te geraken zeer bruikbaar.
We hebben ook hier dankbaar gebruik van gemaakt.
Nogmaals hartelijk dank voor alle service en informatie en hopelijk tot een volgende keer.
Met vriendelijke groet,
We have returned from our cruise and looking back on a wonderful holiday, above expectations. Truly an unforgettable experience.
The three excursions we booked through Shorebee did not disappoint, to the contrary: the guides we booked were always waiting for us (they were more punctual than we were in all honesty)
the cars were, as promised, air-conditioned and comfortable
the guides spoke English well, were knowledgeable and were pleasant company to be with
the program in each destination covered plenty in a limited amount of time but also allowed for some rest and refreshments
the price performance ratio was more than reasonable, for a group as small as ours (4 persons) we were not paying that much more per person than we would have for a HAL excursion done in large touring car groups
If I can go into a bit more detail:
Our guide Barney was just amazing. He knew so much, this was more than just a guide, this was a man with a passion for history and his adopted country and with a very healthy scepticism. And he had such a good way in sharing his knowledge with us. He is a true gem and the organisation he guides for should cherish him.
If at all possible we would be grateful to have his email address as we would like to thank him again in person.
As Barney was not allowed into the Westbank we were "taken over" by a Palestinian guide for the Bethlehem visit, he told us his name in Dutch! Gerrit!. He was the least one of our guides. Not very flexible, had a programme in mind and was difficult to convince of our preferences. The obligatory shopping there can mildly be summarised as "how to exploit tourists", incredibly expensive souvenirs.
Back to Jerusalem where Barney gave us a very interesting historical overview whilst enjoying the spectacular view on the Mount Olive, also pointing out all the different important buildings/churches/monuments. And then he took us through the city. One day was much too short, we all want to revisit.
Yetkin was our guide here. He did a good job. Difficult to live up to the standard Barney had set the previous excursion! He also was much younger so less experienced. His approach was to give us the history and background of a site or artifact and to then leave us to it so we could explore the site ourselves. In Ephesus he did a good job getting around the hundreds of tourists and still allowing us to see many points of interest. The lunch included in the excursion was fun, bit touristy, but the location was great and the food to our liking. And we enjoyed our visit to a Jeweler after. Yetkin was prepared to take into account our wishes (no more shopping please) and very helpful.
We were taken care of by a very charming, highly intelligent, guide: Tugcan Çevik. Her background, she has spent time abroad, even lived in Italy for a while, made her very cosmopolitan and therefore excellent company for foreigners in Turkey. She spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. It was also nice that she was willing to discuss with us issues that concern Turkey that are perhaps not always open to discussion and to give us a good insight into the Turkish society. She stayed with us at every site, sharing a lot of information. And at our request she found us a nice restaurant for lunch. We not only got on very well with her, we also learned a lot about Istanbul. Another city where one day is just not enough!
Overall I would like to emphasise that all your guides were very good in interpersonal relations, they were very nice company to be with.
We are really pleased we came across your organisation (on recommendation from a friend) and will recommend you to anyone who is considering a cruise.
Onze excursie in kusadassi was niet bekend bij de touroperator dus geen ontvangst van de gids.
Na een telefoontje van ons bleek de vertegenwoordiger wel op de kade aanwezig. In no time hadden we elkaar gevonden en in de paar minuten er tussen had hij een vrije gids gevonden en na 15 min ook vervoer.
Al met al na een minder begin een uitstekende dag gehad met een hele goede gids..
We zijn zeer tevreden.
We really enjoyed the excursion that Shorebee arranged. The guide that we had was very knowledgeable and he did make time for us to go to the Houses in Ephesus. We were expecting him to come in with us though and guide us through the Houses but that was not an issue.
The guide however did try to take us to a carpet demonstration and we politely refused. We had to refuse several times though before this was agreed. The reason why we booked with Shorebee is because we were not interested in having carpets sold to us and therefore did not do the ship's cruise excursion.
Apart from that I must say that Ali was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. He offered to take our pictures several times and answered all the questions that we had.