Cruise ports

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I am just curious how cruise ships pick ports and who pays to be in that port (the cruise line or the country). This comes because we recently cruised with Viking ocean Mediterranean and all ports we stopped at were fine except for the port in Algiers. I saw no benefit stopping there for Algiers. We were told we had to be escorted on tours, couldn’t shop, and no bathroom stops! Most ports are supported by tourists I would imagine. The 2 hour bus tour we did take was definitely an eye opener to see how the Algierian people live.
 

JVillegirl541

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Well the cruise line chose that port for some reason. Likely financial or the port would look good in the glossy advertising. My advice would be to write a brief but polite letter to Viking. Be sure and tell them you loved your overall experience but that this Port was unexceptionable and not to promised/expected Viking standards.
If you paid for excursions in that port you may want to consider asking for a refund or a credit on a future cruise. Remember it’s very important to be brief and polite! Good Luck

PS executive contacts for Viking are on this site above.
 
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If one looks at CruiseCritic forum there are people that book Viking cruises who want to visit Algeria. As Neil pointed out, there are different tastes and interests in travel. If one wants to only visit the Mediterranean ports of Europe there is likely a tour geared to that interest.
 

jsn55

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Cruise Critic is a great source of information on this kind of question, Nancy. Cruisers really need to do their research on all the ports to avoid this kind of disappointment. As for your original question, "who decides?", I talked at length with a tribal leader at one of the Alaska ports two years ago. The tribe built an incredible 'port' out of nothing, it's just gorgeous. He told me that the tribe campaigned for quite some time to get the cruise lines interested in their port. We had a ball there, but I'm sure some people would have thought it boring.
 
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I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear about my question. It wasn’t the fact I didn’t like going to Algiers I just felt like there was no benefit to the Algerian people as we couldn’t spend our money there. I have cruised many times and I’m fully aware of choosing cruises based on where would like to visit. I was simply just wondering who benefits from Port stops weather beautiful or not. I will head on over to cruise critic and see if my question can be answered there.
 

johnbaker

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@Nancye A lot of times cruises receive incentives to dock certain places (I remember DCL did for Tortuga). Ships almost always pay a port fee and the size of that fee can drive itinerary changes (in the case of DCL, new terminal and waived port fees seemed to drive them to Tortuga instead of St. Thomas [I think])
 
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If one wants to visit Algeria, a US citizen needs a visa -- passengers on cruise ships going on an organized tour do not, according to the State Dept. That is why there were no chances for independent tours. There may have been less activities, such as shopping, because of security. I am trying to be diplomatic and not political, but given some of the political rhetoric and actions, there may have been more concerns about security.