Excursions to New and Exciting Places
Don’t just see the world — experience it! Shore Excursions can help you discover even more at each incredible destination. Whether you dream of trailblazing through the Alaskan tundra, learning how to whip up traditional Mediterranean dishes on the Greek isles or sampling rum at centuries-old distilleries in the Caribbean, you’ll find the world is brimming with full day adventures.
Snorkelling through coral reefs, exploring ancient Roman ruins, hiking on glaciers, shopping at local outdoor markets — all of these shore-side activities are as much a part of the cruise experience as enjoying the on-board amenities of your ship. Indeed, half the fun of taking a cruise is exploring exciting new places — tropical islands, bustling metropolises, exotic countries. Unleash your inner explorer and discover bold new ways to connect with the people, culture and places around you as you cruise from one unforgettable port of call to another.
Shore excursions cover all levels of activity and interest and vary greatly, depending on what’s available in each destination. Active tours could be anything from water sports and zip-lining to hiking, biking and dog-sledding. Activity-based trips might feature a day at the spa or beach, a pleasure cruise on a sailboat, a wine or food tasting, a cultural performance or a visit to a museum. Sightseeing excursions are typically bus tours that take passengers to the highlights and shopping areas of the port city or nearby destinations. Remember that excursions look different in different parts of the world. In the Caribbean, you’ll find options like snorkelling with sting rays or transportation to private beaches; European tours focus more on sightseeing — for example, full-day tours from the port of Livorno to the museums and cathedrals of Florence or multi-hour lunches, featuring local produce, meats and wine at a farmhouse in Tuscany.
Porto by Night, Optional Shore Excursion on the Douro River Cruise, Portugal
A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its wine-making as well as its closeness to the ocean. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos. Return on board by coach.
Classic Cairo, Included Shore Excursion on the 3 Continents Cruise, Celestyal Cruises
The largest city in Africa and all its top sights are waiting to be discovered on this full day excursion from Alexandria. Leaving the port in a luxury air-conditioned coach, you’ll journey south towards Cairo. Your first port of call will be the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the mighty Pyramid of Giza. From the base of Chephren’s pyramid, the time is yours to explore these ancient marvels under your own steam. If you wish, climb aboard a camel, or simply roam the complex on foot.
Then, continuing through the valley, you’ll spot the supreme Sphinx guarding the land. A buffet lunch will be served at a 5-star hotel, after which, there’s more sightseeing on the agenda – this time in the heart of Cairo. From the bustling Tahrir (Liberty) Square, you’ll head to the National Archaeological Museum to become acquainted with Egypt’s ancient history – spanning an incredible 50 centuries – through eye-catching antiquities, including the collection of King Tutankhamen. After visiting a Papyrus Institute, there’s some time dedicated to souvenir shopping before travelling back to the cruise ship.