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 Port Promotions and Services Inc. was founded in 1990 to provide independent shore excursions as an alternative to the Cruise Line high prices and mass markets. Our Tours are guaranteed to be less expensive and less crowded than those on the cruise ships. Since that time, Port Promotions has emerged as the leading provider of independent shore excursions throughout the world, and are committed to providing a quality experience with a personal touch at a reasonable price.


Sometimes it pays to put yourself in the hands of the experts. Discover extraordinary fun, must-do experiences and savings with a well-planned Shore Excursion program. 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 great service, and learn 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.  Questions? Just call us at 800.365.1445.

It's All Ashore...
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!


While other companies sell cruises and other forms of travel, we focus exclusively on shore excursions. We utilize this expertise to select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts in the most cost effective manner for our customers. Since we are not a large cruise line catering to thousands of customers per day, our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.


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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.

 


ALASKA & PACIFIC NORTHWEST | ASIA | AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND | BERMUDA | CANARY ISLANDS | CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA | EUROPE - BLACK SEA | EUROPE - NORTHERN, BALTIC & UK | EUROPE- MEDITERRANEAN | FLORIDA & MID-ATLANTIC COAST | HAWAIIAN ISLANDS | MEXICAN PACIFIC COAST | NEW ENGLAND & CANADIAN ATLANTIC | NEW ORLEANS | SOUTH AMERICA

 

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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.

 


Princess Shore Excursions FAQ ( especially prepared for Princess cruise passengers who booked a shore excursion with Princess Cruise Line )


Exploring cities around the world is one of the highlights of your vacation, and one of the best ways to do this is on an optional excursion. Click on a topic headline to view detailed information relating to your selection.
Pre-Reserving Shore Excursions
Exploring ports of call will be one of the highlights of your cruise, and one of the best ways to do this is on a shore excursion.
Tours are operated by local independent companies, not by Princess®. You will find a variety of shore excursion options selected specifically with families in mind. Discounted rates for children and family-friendly activities may be available to make the most of your time in port.
You can reserve shore excursions for your voyage with Cruise Personalizer® up to 5 days before you depart. Just log-in using your reservation name and booking number, and you’ll be able to secure your place on any of the land-based adventures offered in every port.
Tour Companies
All tours are operated by local, independent companies and not by Princess.
The companies providing your excursions are selected by Princess based on their excellent reputation for service and safety.
Guided Tours
All tours include local English-speaking guides except for On Your Own tours and where otherwise noted.
Gratuities on Excursions
Tipping is a discretionary matter. It is, however, customary around the world, if one is pleased with their tour, to tip the tour guide.
Here are suggested ranges (in U.S. dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate:
Service Gratuity
Tour guides $1.00 (half day of service per person)
$3.50 (full day of service per person)
Please extend any gratuities on an individual basis, not as a group.

Children’s Excursion Pricing
Select tours offer children’s prices for children under the age of 12 years. If you are traveling with children, please pre-reserve the number of child tickets you would like on the Tour Reservation Form or in Cruise Personalizer®.
Once onboard, check your tour tickets to ensure you have received the correct number of child tickets. If you have received the incorrect number of child tickets, visit the Tour Office as soon as possible to make any necessary adjustments.
Child prices are not available for tours involving flights or hotel stays. Toddlers aged 3 and younger sitting on a parent’s lap (not occupying a seat), are not charged for most tours. If a parent would like their infant to occupy a seat or would like to utilize a safety seat, the parent must purchase a tour ticket for the infant at the published tour price. Parents are also responsible for bringing a safety seat for their child.
Excursion Age Restrictions
For most tours, there is no minimum age for children as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guests under the age of 18 years cannot participate without a parent or guardian. A few operators may allow an unaccompanied minor on tour if a wavier is signed by the parent or guardian in the operator’s presence.
Excursion Timing
One very important feature of taking an excursion organized by Princess is that we closely monitor the departures and returns of all our tours. Therefore, our ships do not sail until all of our organized tour transportation has returned, so you can be assured that you won’t miss the ship.
Please keep in mind that when you make your own arrangements in port, or if you leave an organized tour, we will no longer be aware of your whereabouts; so be sure to schedule yourself with ample time to return to the ship before it sails.
Excursion Cancellation
Due to the nature of the packages involving hotel accommodations, flights and private vehicles, these excursions are not refundable after the closing date, which is 30 days prior to sailing.
Due to the limited capacity and high demand for helicopter flights, these excursions are not refundable unless cancelled by 12:00pm on the day after embarkation.
For other tours in each port of call, a “Closing Time for Cancellations” is listed on the Tour Order Form found in your stateroom. This is the time when the bookings for the tours in that port close and we notify the local operators of the final excursion requirements. You may cancel an excursion if it is prior to the closing time whether you reserve an excursion in advance or book onboard. We cannot cancel a tour if it is past this closing time, nor can we refund tours on which you choose not to go.
Multiple Excursions in One Port
Allow at least 60 minutes between each tour. All tours depart from, and return to, the cruise ship pier. By scheduling in this manner, you will have sufficient time to take multiple tours.
Safety Ashore
Our primary concern at Princess is your safety and security. We are in continuing contact with authorities concerning any travel advisories that might impact our cruises.
If the U.S. State Department advises against travel to specific locations we visit, we would make the necessary changes to the published itinerary. Although such itinerary changes occur infrequently, please understand that these changes are for your own safety and security and are beyond our control.
We remind all of our passengers that they must ultimately assume responsibility for their actions while ashore. In this regard, we would like to remind you of some common sense precautions when visiting ports-of-call:

•Stay in the normal tourist areas and don’t travel to out-of-the-way places without the benefit of a guided tour.
•Do not leave any of your belongings unattended in public areas.
•Be generally aware of people and activities around you.
•Do not accept packages from anyone you don’t know personally.
•Keep a low profile–dress and behave conservatively.
•Be careful when eating and drinking ashore.
We thank you in advance for following these recommendations, which we believe will enhance the enjoyment of your cruise.

 

Source: Princess Cruises


 

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