At one time, shore excursions were limited to just a few basic offerings. Today, the ante has been raised with a myriad of thrilling options designed to appeal to a host of interests and age groups. From snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and thrilling helicopter “flightseeing” tours in Alaska that land on glaciers to a romantic sunset cruise in Hawaii. Zip-line over Costa Rica’s rainforest and explore ancient Mediterranean ruins, something incredible can be arranged for you wherever you are.
Participate in organized shore excursions which are typically an additional cost. You should definitely consider booking these through your Cruise.com travel agent or using our online site well in advance, as many book up quickly. The possibility remains to also reserve them onboard at the excursion desk, or online before you leave for your vacation. Keep in mind that these shore excursions and tours will guarantee that the provider is both reputable and licensed. We do not recommend debarking the ship and going off on an adventure with random shore-side providers as you may get more than you bargained for.
Excursions and tours are designed for the active cruiser, the adventurous traveler and for those preferring something not strenuous. Designations take into account the entirety of the activity and they will be categorized as easy, moderate and strenuous depending on the level of exertion involved. Information listed will also provide limitations which may include height and weight restrictions. Accessible shore excursions may be offered for those with physical challenges. We can arrange customized private excursions for groups of various sizes in select destinations.
Enhancing your cruise vacation with shore excursions adds enjoyment and insight into the destinations you are visiting. History-buffs, nature-lovers, foodies, water-sports enthusiasts, athletes, shoppers, animal-lovers and many others, are guaranteed to find multiple options to satiate their specific interests.
Imagine an incredible gourmet dinner in a romantic castle – a dream come true for foodies. Wine enthusiasts will feel like they have reached nirvana on a wine-tasting excursion in the legendary Burgundy region. Culinary shore excursions may also include savoring meals at local restaurants or even in a private home, where they can taste regional cuisine. Take a personalized bread-making class in Portugal, make homemade pasta in Italy and strudel in Vienna.
Families can share experiences such as escorted beach excursions with snorkeling expeditions, dolphin-watching plus many others that are equally family oriented and will create cherished memories.
River cruises also feature a bevy of options, such as “behind the scenes” insights and opportunities including cultural and historic selections. Get an up-close and personal experience as you visit such places as Highclere Castle, the setting for the TV series Downton Abbey or Xi’an for exclusive entry to see the Terracotta Army. Private tours may also be arranged for you on a diverse variety of topics.
These are just a sampling of the diverse and fabulous opportunities waiting for you. Complement your cruise vacation with many exciting shore excursions. Along the way you’ll even make new friends through shared interests with fellow shipmates.