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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.


    Shore Excursions Planning Guide

    How to avoid being overcharged for shore excursions

    and still have a quality experience on your cruise

    Shore Tips - Shore Excursions
    from Raye & Marty Trencher

    Shore Excursions ( land based sightseeing and adventure tours ) are part of the experience of cruising. They are also a profit center and big part of the cruise line's income. Once you've book your cruise, you will be inundated with emails and promotions from the cruise line touting the shore tour experience at each port of call your cruise ship visits.
    You'll be told to book your shore excursion(s) early, as space sells out quickly for the most popular tours. However, before you book those tours through the cruise line, consider how much they cost. Many are overpriced and over crowded. Say, your one of those large mega cruise ships. You know the one's with 5000 or more passengers. Imagine, if you will the crowded busses, people packed shoulder to shoulder, and attractions and adventure activities teaming with thousands of people. Take for an example a gondola ride in Venice. On any given day, hundred's of gondola's meander down the canals. Looks like rush hour in New York of Los Angeles. Bumper to bumper gondolas! Nothing like what you saw in the movies or commercial. Not exactly an intimate experience, let alone you paid too much for the privilege. ( €80 [$104] for 40 minutes )
     

    You could save as much as $100 in a single port-of-call by taking a do-it-yourself approach to cruise shore excursions. Visit 3 ports of call on your cruise and the savings add up. Just think what you can do with an extra $500.00 in your pocket.
    However, you have to do your homework. You need to plan ahead. Know what you want to do in each port of call prior to sailing. Visit independent tour operators and shore tour providers on the internet. Compare side by side prices, details and read what people have to say about the company you are considering. Research the possibilities thoroughly. Find out everything there is to know about the most popular or out of the way sights or activities. Visit the cruise line's own web site and choose those tours you want. Jot down the details and prices. Use that information when you compare prices and features against other shore excursion vendors. Once you understand the itineraries, prices and shore excursion descriptions, go back online and visit companies like Shoretrips, Shore Excursions Group or Port Promotions. These vendors will arrange a shore excursion for you, often at a savings of over 25 -35% what the cruise line charges and you can read reviews of trips other cruise travelers have booked.
    Finally, if you are looking for independent shore excursions as an alternative to the cruise line high prices and crowded tours, and want to compare prices and features side-by-side, you'll want to visit http://www.shoretourdeals.com/ The site touts itself as Your Ultimate Guide to Discounted Shore Excursions for hundred's of Ports-Of-Call. Some of the most popular shore excursions include those in the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada and New England, Europe, Mediterranean, Hawaii, Mexico and Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and Bermuda.
    They have a Cruise Shore Excursion Comparison Shopping Tool where you can find and book top Shore Excursions where ever you cruise worldwide. Browse By Port, Cruise Ship, Departure Date and Duration.

    When it comes to shore excursions, Each port-of-call features tours that appeal to diverse interests. Whether you enjoy history, nature, adventure or simply sightseeing, it's likely there is a shore excursion for it.

    Do your research and 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.
    Do it yourself, save money and have a great time.
     
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    Shore Excursions

    Don't just see the world. Explore it and discover new places, new foods, new experiences. Now you can go online and view cruise line shore & land excursions. Programs that let you will get you up close and personal with some of the most exciting destinations in the world.

    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.

    Shore Excursions Offered By The Cruise Line

    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.

    Other Shore Excursions ( not offered by the cruise line )

    3  independent companies, specializes in shore excursions for a variety of worldwide destinations. Click on a link to see their offerings.

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    The Cruise Lines

    Click on the cruise line name link below to view their offerings.

    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

    Shop thousands of destination activities, pre and post cruise things to do worldwide!

    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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    Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?

     

    CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
    BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

    MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
    SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
    PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
    CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

    MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
    NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

    HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
    ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
    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.

    TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
    AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

    River Cruises:
    UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
    WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.

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