Due to the outrageous price of boat excursions, we opted to hang with the locals. You truly are missing out if you only stay within the confines of the cruise lines excursions.
We are glad to have given our money to a local family who run the Preservation Tour Tram. We had an excellent narrated tour and history of Grand Turk. The brothers who run the tram, stopped for 10 - 15 minutes so we could shop for souvenirs from local crafters. I wished I had purchased more of the necklaces made by the local woman. Everything run by the cruise line was so outrageously priced. One lady dropped the price down on a bracelet I was looking at, but I paid the extra $1 because the locals really have nothing and the cruise line takes a lot of business from those that live there. I told the lady she needs to make money, everything was already priced cheaply, I would hope that other tourists would do the same.
Our tour lasted about 2hrs or so. I loved the open air of the tram, such a great view without being stuck in one of those tour vans. You also have an opportunity to take pictures on the tram as you are moving along. We did another stop at the lighthouse overlooking the reef. At the end of the tour, we got to sample free conch fritters, which were delish. We ended up purchasing an order of conch fritters, and ginger beer, (it had a kick for me!), then enjoyed the view on the free chair rentals by the Village Bar. There was a DJ at the bar who was very entertaining and pleasant. When we walked back to the ship through the Margaritaville, again a high-priced cruise line area, you could barely move.
Once back on the ship, I overheard fellow passengers wondering about some of the sights they could see from the ship. They had no clue about the history of the island, nor had they explored anything outside the boundaries of Margaritaville. Again, you do a diservice to yourself if you do not take the opportunity to immerse yourself in other cultures when you travel. that is half the fun!!!
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