More cruise guests are looking for truly unique onshore experiences. So, cruise lines are offering some innovative new shore excursions: outings that are more active, educational, elegant or quirky than the standard bus tour.
These new-style excursions are incredibly varied. For example, you could:
- Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Torres del Paine National Park for a day of hiking.
- Visit the Restoration Room at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to see classic artworks brought back to life.
- See the Alaskan coastline from a private catamaran.
- Take an overnight trip from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to the temple complex at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Sound intriguing? To give you a better idea of what shore excursions can be like, here are some examples from our Cruise Holidays’ Distinctive Voyages series. Distinctive Voyages offer our clients an exclusive shore excursion on more than 300 cruises. Guests on the following cruises can look forward to these memorable, small group, VIP excursions:
Azamara Club Cruises’ 12-Night European Jewels Voyage, departing May 30, calling on Lisbon, Portugal: You’ll be transported to the village of Gradil to visit the Santana Winery, a historic, family-run wine estate. In the century-old cellars surrounded by rolling vineyards, a resident winemaker will explain how the wines are made and guide you through a tasting, along with an array of gourmet tapas.
Crystal Cruises’ 10-Day North Sea Medley, departing July 17, calling on Newcastle, England: You’ll travel to Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and the backdrop for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter film series. It’s easy to imagine yourself as a member of the English aristocracy as you stroll the magnificent gardens.
Celebrity Cruises’ 12-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise, departing September 3, calling on Mallorca: You’ll experience country life on this beautiful Mediterranean island at Els Calderers, a working rural manor house and farm. This is a place to experience Mallorcan traditions, and you’ll learn to prepare a classic Mallorcan lunch (then enjoy it with a glass of wine).
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 16-Night Atlantic Retreat, calling on Funchal, Madeira: You’ll travel to the village of Camacha to learn about the island’s wicker industry, then to Monte Village and its landmark 18th century church. Next, you’ll board a toboggan (a wicker and wood toboggan made for the steep roadways, rather than snow) and ride to Livramento to taste some of the wine of Madeira.
To learn more about how you can enhance your next cruise with special and exclusive onshore experiences, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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