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Transatlantic 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!


Transatlantic
Introduction

Transatlantic crossings are unique because cruisers spend a significant amount of time at sea. To enable criusor to visit a good number of ports, cruise itineraries are often scheduled for 10 days or longer.

The prime advantage to a transatlantic crossing is the extraordinary number of diverse regions you are able to visit. You can visit the foreboding Loch Ness in Scotland, witness the hot springs and vast fields of cooled lava of Iceland, enjoy a delectable lobster lunch in Nova Scotia and lay on the sun-drenched beaches of Key West, Florida - all in a single cruise!

If you prefer long, relaxing days at sea and the freedom to set your own schedule, a transatlantic sailing may be the perfect cruise for you.

Getting Around

Your dependency on a guide will depend on the amount of time you are spending at a port, and where that port is. When you port in places like Europe, the wealth of museums, churches and monuments will justify a guide. In regions with challenging terrain, such as Iceland, a guide might also be necessary.


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Sun and sand are the primary reasons people cruise to places like Bermuda, St. Croix and Barbados, and if your transatlantic cruise stops in such balmy places, a visit to the local beach or craft market won't require a guide.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities on transatlantic cruises include:

Sports Excursions
  • Swim in the invigorating waters of Iceland's Blue Lagoon, whose therapeutic powers are legendary.
  • Light tackle fish in Key West, FL for sailfish, tarpon, snapper, king mackerel, sharks and blackfin tuna.
  • Golf at one of the Caribbean's finest courses in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Cultural Attractions

  • Visit Qaqortoq, Greenland and view modern day petroglyphs carved out of monoliths - one of the finest collections of stone art in the world.
  • Sample pineapple liquor at Ponta Delgada, Azore while touring one of the island's largest pineapple plantations.
  • Attend an award-winning musical on Broadway in New York.
Adventure Expeditions
  • Sail to Cape Spear, the most northern point in North America, and observe communities that steadfastly cling to the cliffs and caves of the rock known as Newfoundland.
  • Go off-road into Iceland's hinterland onto the Langjokull Glacier past the Kaldidalur mountain pass.
  • Come face-to-face with alligators during an Everglades airboat tour in Fort Lauderdale.
Shopping Districts
  • Visit the famed antique shops of Nova Scotia.
  • Experience Amsterdam's Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the word's largest wholesale market for flowers and plants.
  • Purchase the world-famous blue pottery of Holland.

Nature Trips

  • Journey to Reykjavik, Iceland and observe post-glacial lava fields, geothermal springs, the 60-foot Stokkur Geyser, Lake Thingvallavatn and Gullfoss, an exquisite waterfall.
  • Submerge yourself in the El Yunque Rain Forest in San Juan and marvel at giant hardwoods, bamboo groves, miniature orchids, colossal tree snails and tropical ferns over 40 feet tall.
  • Walk through Dublin's "Garden of Ireland", a natural scenic wonderland composed of domed granite mountains, purple rolling hills, silvery streams and lush bog land.

Wildlife Interaction

  • Pet the shaggy coats and flowing manes of Lerwick's Shetland ponies.
  • Stroll through a tropical rainforest in Fort Lauderdale while hundreds of butterflies flutter above you.
  • Ride a camel up the slope of Timanfaya National Park's Fire Mountain in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Historical Tours

  • Sightsee in Lisbon Portugal and experience Black Horse Square, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Christ the King statue and Vasco da Gama Bridge - the third longest bridge on the planet.
  • Explore the Torshavn, Faroe Islands, and see the 13th-century ruins of the St. Magnus Cathedral and the church of St. Olaf - consecrated in A.D. 1111.
  • Ride along the infamous Freedom Trail in Massachusetts and witness the Boston Common, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere's house, the State House and Old North Church.
Enhance your Transatlantic travel by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
Home Truths, A Jaunt Around the Decaying Heart of England - Bill Murphy
The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved - Larry Kusche
Carib Breeze - Dorothy Whitfield
Two Degrees West, An English Journey - Nicholas Crane
Wilderness Journeys - Ian & Sally Wilson
Don Quixote’s Delusions: Travels in Castilian Spain - Miranda France

 

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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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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.

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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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