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If you choose to explore ports independently, research your destination thoroughly. Buy a destination guide book and highlight the must-see places. Read a fiction or non-fiction books that take place at your ports of call. Compare local tours, sights, attractions and private guides on the Internet. Online coupons and discounts are often available for local museums, monuments, hop-on/hop-off tours and other local port attractions. For instance, most major cities offer a “city card” that provides admission to museums and attractions for a set fee. Usually 30 percent to 50 percent off regular admission prices. Finally, ask friends and fellow cruisers who have traveled to the port before for recommendations for independent explorations.