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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.
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    South America 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!

    South America
    South America is a vast continent - two and a half times the size of Australia - that is home to both primitive tribes and cosmopolitan cities. It is a myriad of natural wonders, ancient ruins and assorted cultures. The extensive Amazon River and the rugged Andes Mountains are South America's two most prominent landmarks, but active volcanoes, verdant jungles and sapphire seas also serve as eye candy for naturalists.

    A terrain as diverse as South America's is bound to serve as a habitat for unique creatures, and indeed, South America doesn't disappoint. Andean llamas, marine dolphins and exotic iguanas are almost commonplace, and endangered species like spectacled bears and mountain tapir call South America home as well.

    Whether you are discovering the mystique of Machu Picchu, watching a traditional tango show or canoeing past pink dolphins, South America's enticing landscape and sundry culture will impress.
    Getting Around
    Because of South America's size, unearthing the history of even a single one of its countries can be a daunting task. Much like Alaska, South America is renowned for its natural attractions, and the right shoes and tour guide come in handy when you're wondering what lies on the other side of that mountain or in the heart of that rain forest.

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    If you aren't concerned with following the crowd, hit the streets alone or with a few other cruisers and a good map. Museums, shops and preserved buildings dot virtually every South American city, and a little navigational wizardry can enable you to see it all.
    Examples of shore excursion opportunities in South America include:

    Adventure Expeditions
    • Raft down the thunderous rapids of the Petrohue River, one of Chile's most exciting glacial rivers.
    • Hike across ancient peat bogs en route to the Alvear Mountain Range in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.
    • Take an off-road excursion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and ride through the Tijuca Forest, part of a forest reserve known for its colorful vegetation and exotic wildlife.

    Shopping Districts

    • Shop for rugs, sweaters, coats and leather, wool, wood and stone goods at the Indian and Artisan markets in Lima, Peru.
    • Visit San Telmo, Buenos Aires and hunt for antiques in Plaza Dorrego.
    • Browse the La Recova in Coquimbo, a Chilean market that sells distinctive handicrafts, such as items made of pottery, ceramic, wool and stone.
    Nature Trips
    • Journey to Buenos Aires' Iguaza Falls, a natural wonder comprising 250 giant cascades that are twice the height of Niagara Falls.
    • Visit the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and explore glaciers, lakes, rivers, the Salto Grande Waterfall and the Laguna Amarga, the habitat of a flamingo colony.
    • Drive throughout the Chilean countryside and view Petrohue Falls, a gleaming succession of blue rapids, and Osorno, a snow-capped mountainous peak.
    Cultural Attractions
    • Stroll through the San Miguel Museum in Azapa, Chile and view the oldest mummies in the world - dating back to 5,000 B.C.
    • Taste test carmenere, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay wine at the Veramonte Winery in Valparaiso, Chile.
    • Tour the world-famous Gold Museum in Lima, Peru, a privately-owned museum hosting exquisite gold objects, precious stones and ancient swords and guns.

    Historical Tours

    • Tour Colonia Del Sacramento, oldest city in Uruguay, and see the Matriz church, the Bastion del Carmen, the famous Street of Sighs and the Real de San Carlos Bullring.
    • Trek through Cuzco, Peru, and visit the Cathedral, famous for its gold and silver styling; the Sacsayhuaman, an archaeological park; the shrines of Kenko; and the ancient Tambo of Puca Pucara.
    • Admire the mausoleums, pantheons and vaults of La Recoleta, an 1800's Christian cemetery in Buenos Aires that holds celebrated politicians, explorers, priests, leaders, writers and poets.

    Wildlife Interaction

    • Spot pink dolphins, toucans, parrots and eagles while motor canoeing down the Cuyabeno River in the Amazon.
    • Observe a Magellan penguin colony on Hammer Island off the coast of Argentina.
    • Walk through the Park of the Land Iguanas in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where large, mysterious lizards roam freely.

    Flightseeing Charters

    • Fly over the little town of Nasca in Peru and observe geoglyphs, strange desert drawings created between 300 B.C. and 800 A.D.
    • Soar past the Chilean lakes and mountain regions in one of the most scenic natural regions in the world, and view the Osorno, Calbuco and Puntiagudo volcanoes and the Llanquihue, Todos los Santos and Chapo lakes.
    • Flightsee Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a Unesco World Heritage Site, and view its Spanish, Flemish, Moorish and pre-Columbian architecture.
    Enhance your travel to South America by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
    The Cloud Forest - Peter Matthiessen
    Floreana, A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos - Margaret Wittmer
    One River - Wade Davis
    The General in His Labyrinth - Garcia Marques, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman
    My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape Horn - Daniel and David Hays

    Cultural Attractions
    • Attend an authentic old style rodeo at El Cortijo in Puerto Vallarta and witness horse tricks, lasso artists, burro races and bullfighting.
    • Visit a local glass blowing factory in Cabo San Lucas and observe the skills of native craftsmen.
    • Walk through an adobe brick-making factory where contemporary bricks are formed and fired exactly as they were centuries ago.
    Shopping Districts
    • Stop at the Plaza Marina in the center of Puerto Vallarta and purchase trinkets, clothing and gifts.
    • Browse the famous Golden Zone in Mazatlan for authentic Mexican arts and crafts.
    • Barter at the massive city market, where prices depend upon your power of persuasion.

    Nature Trips

    • Observe tobacco, mango, melon and coconut plantations throughout Mazatlan's rolling countryside.
    • Behold the magnificent Los Arcos, a dramatic natural rock monument that arches starkly out of the sea at Land's End.
    • Trek the rocky, cavernous La Quebrada, a series of cliffs made famous by daredevil cliff divers.

    Historical Tours

    • Tour Acapulco and see the Chapel of Peace, the Trouyet Cross and the Hotel Flamingos - a favored hangout of John Wayne, Gregory Peck and other stars of the 1950's.
    • Walk through the Old Town of Mazatlan and see the Continuity of Life Monument, the Military Hospital, the House of Music and the Angela Peralta Theater.
    • Visit Taxco, an old mining town founded in 1532, and see the church of Santa Prisca, one of the greatest masterpieces of Mexican Baroque architecture.

    Wildlife Interaction

    • Whale watch for California gray whales, finbacks and blue whales off the coast of the Gulf of California.
    • Swim side by side with bottlenose dolphins at the Nuevo Vallarta Marina in Puerto Vallarta.
    • Visit the renowned colony of sea lions in Cabo San Lucas.
    Enhance your travel to Mexico by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
    Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone - Mary Morris
    On Mexican Time (a new life in San Miguel) - Tony Cohan
    Sacred Money River, A Canoe Trip with the Gods - Christopher Sahw
    Sliced Iguana - Isabella Tree
    Travelers' Tales: Mexico - James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger
    King of the Moon - Gene Kira
    The Journey of the Flame - Walter Nordhoff
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - B. Traven

    Port: Adventure

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

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    Port: Adventure

    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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    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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