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    Sometimes it pays to put yourself in the hands of the experts. Discover extraordinary fun, must-do experiences and savings with Shore Excursion packages. Planning a vacation can become like a second job. So many decisions. So many websites. Enough information to fill a book—actually, hundreds of them. That’s where we can help. We’ve organized all the must-see sights and must-do adventures into a single shore excursions magazine, Port : Adventure. You’ll get expert guides, find secure and trusted service, and how to maximum the amount of time in each port to enjoy your vacation. We save you the precious time it takes to organize the ultimate shore side experiences during your cruise vacation. And, on top of that, show you where to find value priced shore trips to save you money. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your cruise vacation.

    Shore Excursions
    Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!

    No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.

    Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.

    Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!

    ShoreTrips offers shore excursions that are creative, personal and better priced than those offered by the cruise lines. Each activity is hand-picked by owners, Barry and Julie Karp, who experience each excursion first-hand, guaranteeing agents piece-of-mind and customer satisfaction. Endorsed by Arthur Frommer, ShoreTrips offers unique shore excursions to the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, New England/Canada, Bermuda, and South America.


    Alaska Shore Excursions Planning Guide

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    Alaska Cruise Tips - Shore Excursions
    from Raye & Marty Trencher
    We all know that you visit Alaska to take in the breathtaking scenery, and for the whales, sea otters, and seals in the sea and the bears, deer and moose on the shore. Alaska is a huge place, and much of it can only be seen from the water. Say Alaska and a variety of images and impressions come to mind: towering mountains, watchable wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless wilderness, vibrant Native culture, leaping salmon, hardy outdoors; America's last frontier. Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be. Alaska...where whales, sea lions, otters, eagles, bears and an incredible diversity of wildlife can appear almost from out of the blue. It's just one of the thrilling aspects of our Alaska - the opportunity to observe an endless variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. There remain few places on earth where you can truly breathe. Where space is measured not in feet or miles, but in endless horizons. A place where nature is so powerful, so dramatic, a personal encounter can change you forever. Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling. EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN ALASKA, INCLUDING THE ADVENTURE. In the Land of the Midnight Sun, why not use every extra minute of daylight to get more than just a suntan. From the blue ice of a massive glacial field to the stunning grandeur of the scenery and wildlife, everything in Alaska is huge. Including the adventures. Therefore, an Alaskan cruise or cruisetour is the best way to see the bays, glaciers, and wildlife. However, because of its size, you will miss a lot if you only visit the popular ports-of-call, such as Skagway, Juneau or Ketchikan. Do more. Take in the cultural, historical and adventure experiences that can only be had inland in Alaska. Many cruise passengers go beyond just a 7 day cruise and explore before or after their cruise, the inland parts of the state by railroad , or motorcoach. You've traveled far from home, so you don't want to miss seeing Denali National Park and the breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley! Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have a huge selection of land and sea combination programs, known as cruisetours. Many of the tours feature private glass domed railroad cars that travel through the wilderness between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The rail tour between Anchorage and Fairbanks includes a stopover at Telkeetna and Denali National Park. These pre-and post-cruise options. also features visits to Kenai, Cooper River, Canadian Rockies, even Prudhoe Bay. Princess Cruises have their own wilderness lodges at or near the most popular National Parks in the interior of Alaska. There are exciting, adventurous things to do in Alaska. The cruise lines call them Shore Excursions or if your on a cruise tour: Land Excursions. You can reach hidden lakes and the back country via helicopter or by float plane! If you are a fishing aficionado or want to fish a pristine lake high in the mountains, a small float plane will land right in the middle of the lake and you can fish to your heart's content. Or you can fish for King Salmon with a private guide. Perhaps in Juneau visit the Mendenhall glacier, and go Whale Watching, in just a few hours. Other shore excursion options include ziplining, dog sledding, sea kayaking, mountain biking, even, if your up to it: heli-hiking. Take a helicopter to a mountain top and the pilot drops you off. Then go hike down the mountain, and be picked up later. The views are spectacular and the experience fun. Most cruisers sail the Inside Passage calling on 3 or 4 ports-of-call during their 7 day cruise. You'll find the Eagle Rehabilitation Center in Sitka a town who's heritage is Russian and you can take a tour and learn about their culture and history. Stop at Skagway, you'll want take the White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge railway. This railroad, in operation since the 1898 follows the path of the Yukon gold rush. Near the White Pass Summit on the Yukon Highway is the beautiful Yukon Suspension Bridge over the Tutshi River. Visit Juneau , See the Mendenhall Glacier and the Mount Roberts Aerial Tramway, which lifts you 1800 feet above the city. Ketchikan's waterfront, is a great place to visit the shops and restaurants along Creek Street. If you add up all the things to see and do when you cruise Alaska, the number exceeds over 350 options! Cruise lines offer shore excursions, as it is an important profit center for them. However, booking a shore excursion from the cruise line can get expensive. One way to save a few dollars is to check out Shore Tour Deals. You can search and compare, find and book top Shore Excursions where ever you cruise worldwide. Browse By Port, Cruise Ship, Departure Date and Duration. Read shore excursion reviews by consumers and professional travel writers. Even, speak to a Trip Advisor who specializes in Shore Excursions Whether you enjoy history, nature, adventure or simply sightseeing, here you can learn more about the 300+ ports cruise lines visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of independent shore excursions offered by 4 shore excursion experts to help you explore. Compare prices side-by-side and choose the shore excursion that's right for you and your family. Rates can be as much as 35 percent less than those charged by the cruise line. It pays to check them out. While other web sites sell cruises and other forms of travel, Shore Tour Deals utilizes this expertise and offers multiple choices, so you can select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts at a price to fit just about any budget. Since these companies are not like a cruise line, focused on a revenue producing and profit maker, as shore excursions, independent sightseeing and shore excursion firms allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.

    Things To Do And See in Alaska
    Just sitting on your balcony as the ship sails through the Inside Passage or Glacier Bay can be a breathtaking experience. But you will want to experience so much more on your Alaska cruise. There are dozens of excellent shore excursions available for you to chose from in each port. Once secret to booking an Alaska cruise is to book early. Popular shore excursions can sell out well in advance of your sailing date. The best advice is to book six months or more in advance and book your excursions online. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do and see in Alaska:
    Haines, Alaska - Kayak Experience
    If you are physically able, this is a beautiful and peaceful kayaking adventure. You do not have to have any experience since the water is like glass. You never know what wildlife you will see as your guide leads you on your tour.
    Skagway, Alaska - White Pass Summit Scenic Railway
    The White Pass and Yukon Railroad was constructed through some of Alaska's most rugged terrain. You will pass through tunnels and valleys with views of waterfalls. This is about a 3 hour round trip excursion and one that we will always remember. There are some great photo opportunities as well.
    Juneau, Alaska - Dog Sled and Glacier Adventure By Helicopter
    Although we have never done it, we have always wanted to. We have talked with dozens of people who have done this and swear it was one of the greatest experiences. Maybe next time! This combines an amazing helicopter sightseeing flight with a dog sled ride. What could be better? But be prepared, this excursion is always a sell out so book early!
    Juneau, Alaska - Whale Watching
    There will be whale watching tours offered in several ports, but we have always enjoyed the one offered in Juneau for some reason. You will take a motorcoach to a location where you will board a jet-powered catamaran designed specifically for whale-watching. As I recall, you can stand outside or inside a heated cabin with large windows. When whales are sighted, the Captain steers the boat so that everyone can get a good view. Make sure to bring your camera and a warm jacket.
    Ketchikan, Alaska - Motorcycle Tour
    Of course this will only appeal to those of you who ride, but we could not resist the opportunity to ride a Harley in Alaska! It was great, albeit a little cool and rainy. A group of about 12 of us headed out with a guide for a 3 1/2 tour of Ketchikan. We visited a coffee company where we warmed up with a cup of Joe, then we were off to a park with some traditional totems. The guides did an excellent job and it was lots of fun. We still talk about it to this day!
    Ketchikan, Alaska - Rain Forest Canopy and Zipline Expedition
    This will probably be our Ketchikan choice on our next Alaska cruise. We have really gotten into zipline tours. There are a couple of different ones offered now in Ketchikan so check with your cruise line to see what is available.
    Ketchikan, Alaska - Salmon Fishing
    This is a VERY popular excursion with the anglers in the group and it sells out early. But, we have heard nothing but praise for those who have done this tour.
    Sitka, Alaska - Raptor Center
    This is a very nice, slow-paced tour that we found very interesting. The Alaska Raptor Center is a rescue facility that rehabilitates injured eagles, owls and other raptors. There are some great photo opportunities of these amazing bird

    Resources

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    Please remember that the cruise lines have certain rules and restrictions regarding your purchase of shore & land excursions online. Please be sure to read and understand their policy before you make any online purchase.

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    You can check out shore & land excursions anytime. However, to book an excursion online, you'll need your reservation information. If you have this on hand, on most cruise line sites you can make your reservation today. Click on the cruise line name link below to view their offerings.

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    There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!

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    Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
       
    shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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    Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
       
    Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
       
    Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
       
    Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
       
    See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises

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    Our goal is to provide access to exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have gathered three of the most experienced sightseeing tour operators, who have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. These companies are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. They understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, they provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, site inspections, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe you should check these three companies out and determine for yourself, if their expertise and approach set them apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. Visit shoretoursgroup.com for more details.

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    SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
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    AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

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