Shore excursions on cruises offer an exhilarating gateway to explore and embrace the enchanting destinations along your journey. These carefully crafted adventures add a whole new dimension to your cruising experience. Whether you crave cultural immersion, thrilling adventures, or serene natural beauty, shore excursions cater to diverse interests. Imagine diving into vibrant coral reefs, strolling through ancient ruins, or savoring local delicacies in picturesque towns. With expert guides leading the way, you’ll unlock hidden treasures, gain profound insights, and create unforgettable memories. From enriching historical tours to adrenaline-pumping activities, shore excursions infuse your cruise with endless possibilities and ensure every port of call is an extraordinary voyage of discovery.
Why use us for your next trip?
We love cruising and believe in shore excursions while cruising. We believe in education, networking, and keeping up and understanding trends. Our owner, Andrew, holds several certifications that help to plan the perfect vacation, including Certified Leisure Travel Specialist, Trusted Travel Advisor, Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC), and Certified Travel Associate (CTA®). We are a full-service travel agency which means we help with arranging flights, the resort, transfers, activities, and so much more. Modern technology is at the forefront of what we do and all of our clients receive a mobile application that has your documents uploaded to it, your day-by-day itinerary, and more. Instead of calling a large call center, you get us instead. You can just send an email or give us a call and we are here to guide you every step of the way! If you book a shore excursion through us, we don’t charge a fee and we are here to support you with the booking.
Why should i do a shore excursion on my cruise?
Travelers should consider participating in shore excursions while cruising for several compelling reasons. Firstly, shore excursions offer the opportunity to delve deeper into the destinations visited beyond the confines of the ship. These excursions are curated to showcase each port’s highlights, unique cultural experiences, and must-see attractions, ensuring travelers make the most of their time ashore.
Additionally, shore excursions provide a hassle-free and organized way to explore unfamiliar locations. With knowledgeable local guides leading the way, travelers can easily navigate the intricacies of foreign languages, local customs, and transportation logistics. This allows for a more immersive and enriching experience, as the guides provide historical and cultural context, insider insights, and fascinating anecdotes about the places visited.
Furthermore, shore excursions offer diverse activities catering to varied interests and adventure levels. Whether it’s snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, embarking on a culinary tour, hiking through lush landscapes, or exploring historical landmarks, there is something to captivate every traveler. These excursions often provide access to exclusive sites and experiences not readily available to independent travelers.
Lastly, shore excursions foster a sense of security and peace of mind. Travelers can explore unfamiliar destinations with the confidence that they will be back on board before the ship departs. The cruise line takes responsibility for organizing and coordinating the excursions, ensuring a smooth and well-managed experience.
In summary, shore excursions allow travelers to maximize their time in port, gain cultural and historical insights, enjoy thrilling adventures, and freely explore. They are an excellent way to enhance the cruising experience and create unforgettable memories.
What should i know about shore excursions?
Now that you have booked your cruise, there are so many fun things to consider! Or maybe you just found this page and are browsing ideas. One of the many reasons to pick a cruise is its sea and port days itinerary. While every person has a different taste, we wanted to ensure you had options for your upcoming cruise. Some people like taking organized excursions, and others prefer to explore independently. For those looking for organized tours, there are many different options available. You can purchase them directly through the cruise line, and I also have a few additional options for you. Please note that shore excursions are popular, and I heavily recommend you purchase the ones you want in advance. This helps ensure you lock them in before they sell out. You may also see emails directly from Shore Excursions Group for your cruise! If you need excursions for 15+ people, we can usually get group rates and encourage you to reach out.
Booking directly with the cruise line
Each cruise line has excursions you can book through your online cruise portal with them. Some itineraries include stops at a cruise line’s private island (MSC Ocean Cay, Carnival’s Half Moon Cay/Princess Cays, Disney’s Castaway Cay, Royal Caribbean’s Cococay, and Labadee). In that case, you can only buy excursions directly with them for that port. Some allow you to rent cabanas and more!
Another time you may want to buy direct is if you have an Alaskan cruise that visits a glacier. Often, an excursion exists where you get off the ship onto another small boat and go closer. You can’t buy these specific excursions elsewhere and should buy direct if you want to do this.
Shore Excursions from Our Agency
We have some incredible partners that can help you plan the perfect vacation and give you more options than the cruise line usually does. The majority of the excursions that we have available also come with a return-to-ship guarantee. Please see the links below for more details and if you see something you like – feel free to book directly from this link, and I’ll get notified and be able to service the booking and support you every step of the way. They are usually less expensive than the cruise line’s excursions and generally are much smaller groups as well.
- Shore Excursion Group – They have so many options; it’s crazy. You can find something for everyone here. Just put in your cruise, and you are good to go!
- Venture Ashore – This is another company that focuses on shore excursions. Just put in your cruise information and browse the options.
- Project Expedition – Click Shore Excursions at the top menu and locate your cruise. This has a smaller number of excursions but is a fantastic partner with some excellent customer service.
- Resort for a Day – Do you just want to sit at a beach resort and relax all day? Maybe one with a waterpark? Check out this site for options to relax, drink, and enjoy the beach! We have you covered.
Looking for Group Rates?
If you are looking for a shore excursion for 15+ people, fill out the form below and we will be in touch to learn more and find the best solutions for your group. We can partner with many companies to find the best solution for you!