This novice cruiser is back to ask more questions. I would like to hear the pros and cons of signing up for shore trips via the cruise ship itself, or through independent tour operators. I am thinking that a private tour might be more intimate (not feeling like being herded around) and interesting and I see positive comments on review sites for them. However, we are just two and most require minimum of four or more. I am open to your suggestions. Our ports will be Labadee and Falmouth in the Caribbean.