FOR SIGHTSEEING TOURS WHILE ON A LAND-BASED VACATION, OR BEFORE / AFTER A CRUISE:
While staying at a hotel, bed & breakfast or resort; sightseeing tours are an integral part of exploring the region you are visiting. Viator is a sightseeing company that is beyond compare!
FOR SHORE EXCURSIONS WHILE ON A CRUISE:
While cruising, shore excursions are a wonderful part of your complete cruise vacation experience. You are guided on land for a part of the day, or even a full day with a local guide narrating and describing the sights & sounds you are experiencing. Often, there is an attraction that admission is included, and typically a vehicle and driver is provided, although there are also walking tours in places where walking makes more sense. Cruise lines do offer a myriad of excursions, yet at prices higher than what is available through other choices typically.
Through your online registration portal with the cruise line you can view and purchase shore excursions well in advance. Some excursions do sell out in advance, so if you see any that you really would like to do, and the price is right, it’s a good idea to reserve them well in advance. There are typically a wide variety of excursions available at the last minute while on board, but quite often several popular excursions are sold out before the cruise even departs.
You can also reserve shore excursions in advance through sightseeing companies. Shore Excursions Group is an excursion provider that pretty much services every cruise line in any location worldwide. We recommend Shore Excursions Group for their superb selection of shore excursions and excellent service. They specialize in excursions, scout out each location thoroughly and offer the same or very similar excursions as the cruise lines do, yet at lower prices. They GUARANTEE they will return you to the ship on time or they will pay to fly you to the next port and pay for a hotel if needed.
In addition, Viator is an excellent choice for excursions while docked on a cruise vacation. For about 20 years they have been the foremost provider of short or multiple day tours, getting into excursions tied in with ports of call using their vast network of resources, guides and sightseeing options worldwide to do so over the last few years now. They provide an amazing variety of locations and options, using guides and sightseeing companies based locally in the region you are visiting. Choose from private programs to small or large groups, short overviews to in depth multiple day trips, all at great prices.
Both Shore Excursions Group and Viator can be used whether on a cruise or land based vacation. As Shore Excursions Group gears their excursions to established cruise itineraries and has specific corresponding guarantees such as getting back to the ship on time along with very favorable pricing, we recommend Shore Excursions Group as your first choice for shore excursions while on the cruise, and Viator for sightseeing options while on land before / after the cruise. That said, on the Viator website they do list many programs as “excursions”, where they officially pick you up at or very near the port. Other programs are not “technically” listed as excursions, however they do pick up very near the port often. Just one example of many, take a look at this satellite map of Juneau, Alaska (courtesy of Google Maps).
The pick-up point for many of their sightseeing tours that are not “technically” designated as a shore excursion is from the base of the Mt. Roberts Tramway. You can clearly see on the map, the cruise port is right there (yep, those are actually cruise ships in port you see there, so the Viator program’s starting point in many cases is literally a stones throw from the cruise ship docks).
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In all cases, it is a good idea to do some research into the ports of call in advance. Go online, or purchase guide-books, or check guide-books out of the library to learn more. Also, on board there are ports of call talks prior to arriving into most every port, check the daily itinerary and make sure to attend these informative multi-media presentations.
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