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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!

United States River Cruises


For many people, U.S. river cruises are not just an alternative, they're a preference. Whether they are cruising the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi or the East Coast, river cruisers like the convenience of having vineyards, mansions, historic sights and ecological attractions delivered right to the ship's gangway.

River cruises tend to be slower paced than oceangoing cruises, and formality and entertainment is de-emphasized. Since river cruisers tend to be closer to onshore attractions, the trips are port-intensive and the destination, not the ship, is considered the key enticement of the cruise.

River cruises are also more intimate. Vessels are smaller than ocean bound superliners, and there are typically only about 60-200 passengers aboard each ship.

Getting Around

Since world river vessels bring cruisers closer to, and sometimes past, onshore attractions, there usually won't be a need to hire a guide to travel inland. River cruisers are likely to have more time on shore, and this gives them ample time to set out on their own and explore at a leisurely pace. It's often convenient to walk or take public transportation to the main sights.

U.S. river cruise destinations include:

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Encounter massive whales, imposing glaciers and awe-inspiring fjords when you sail through Alaska's Inside Passage. Aboard a small river vessel, you'll enjoy better access to and closer views of Misty Fjord National Monument, Frederick Sound, Lynn Canal, Sitka Sound and Glacier Bay, compared to sailing on an ocean-bound ship.

California Wine Country

Tour classic vineyards and sample the country's best wines when cruising the Napa and Petaluma Rivers. Regional cruising can also take you through the waterways of the Sacramento Delta to the state capital.

Chesapeake Bay

Discover historic Cambridge, Crisfield, Oxford and St. Michaels, small coastal towns that flourished with shipbuilding, agriculture and oyster and crab harvesting. Hundreds of rivers, bays, inlets and secluded coves provide spectacular, rugged scenery.
Columbia and Snake Rivers

Retrace the steps of Lewis and Clarke along 1,000 miles of historic waterways from Astoria, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho. Lush forests, rolling hills, wheat fields and granite cliffs beckon both naturalists and adventurists.

East Coast Inland

Relive America's colonial heritage by journeying along journey along the smooth waters of the fascinating Intracoastal Waterway. Colonial settlements, elegantly restored southern mansions, Civil War battlegrounds and sprawling plantations await you down the James and Potomac Rivers.

View dramatic rock formations and experience the big city beat of Chicago when you cruise the meandering Illinois River. Idyllically situated between the Ozark plateau and the Ouachita Mountains, the Arkansas River flows past Little Rock and empties in the Mississippi River.

Hudson River

Experience over 300 miles of the majestic Hudson River Valley, which encompasses centuries of intriguing history and beauty that few places in America can rival. This popular fall foliage cruise sails past New York's skyscrapers and mansions of the Gilded Age to sleepy river towns like West Point and Albany.

Immense glacial melt waters cut the awesome cliffs of the Palisades years ago and created the great harbor of New York City.

Long Island Sound

Sail along the Gold Coast of Long Island Sound through protected New York and Connecticut shoreline. Relive the "Roarin' 20s" with visits to impressive North Shore estates established by industrial giants and marvel at the rare wildlife and ecological masterpieces.

Mississippi River

Journey through America's heartland starting in St. Paul, MN and visit former trading posts, big cities and river ports. The mighty Mississippi then winds through the Old South, from Memphis to New Orleans, past grand plantations, restored antebellum homes and ghostly battlefields.

Missouri River

Feast on great barbeque and listen to ragtime while sailing from St. Louis to Parksville along the eminent Missouri River. Log cabins, cottonwood groves and white cliffs coexist in this remote river region with antelope, long-tailed magpies and geese.

New England Islands

Harbor hop through New England's most enchanting maritime towns and experience shops, galleries, museums and historic homes. From the towering mansions of Newport to a serene Martha's Vineyard sunset, each coastal city is bursting with New England charm.

Ohio River

Revel in pastoral vistas as you sail to Pittsburgh, home of the fist steamboat, and Cincinnati, formerly a bustling steamboat port. Louisville's Bluegrass region, along with historic sites in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, beckon cruisers on this river.

Old South

Consume Cajun culture and Civil War history when you cruise the Atchafalaya, Red, Ouchita and Tombigee Rivers. Cattle ranches, alligator habitats and sugar plantations await those who journey down the St. John River in Florida

Enhance your U.S. river cruise by reading about local culture, people and history in these novels:
River Horse, a Voyage Across America - William Least Heat-Moon
The Sporting Road - Jim Fergus
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America - Bill Bryson
Drive Thru America - Sean Condon
Travels with Charley: In Search of America - John Steinbeck
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain
Between the Saints: Louis & Paul - Kathy Flippo
In Search of Moon River: Cruising America's Heartland Rivers - Byron F. Rozer
King & Queen of the River - Stan Garvey


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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?

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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.

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.

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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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