Shore Excursions - Types of Excursion

Posted May 16th, 2012

With so many types of Shore Excursions are on offer, how do you know which ones are right for you? Below we have complied a list of possible shore excursions on your next cruise and what they may include:

Sightseeing Tours

  • Usually uses a coach bus.
  • Visits the most popular attractions at the port - historic landmarks, shopping districts and scenic views.
  • Guided - narration of what you see and provides information about historical, current information.
  • Frequent stops - allows people to get a closer look at the attractions.

Walking Tours

  • Popular in historical & modern areas where the cities are narrow and are too narrow for vehicles or busy traffic makes it easier to walk around in - Rome, Bath, Amsterdam.

Private Vehicle Tours

  • Driver to take you to the sights of your choice.
  • Provides flexibility to see what you want and spend as much time as like at each stop.
  • *will need to do research to find out where you want to go.

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  • Take advantage of the unique attributes of each location – ie: Bungy jumping in Queenstown, hiking in Peru, etc.
  • Provides an exciting way of travelling - adds a little twist to your journey.
  • Can be strenuous,  check the physical requirements before you sign up.

Soft Adventure

  • biking, kayaking, rafting, zip lining, fishing, horseback riding..etc...
  • Show case the 'natural beauty' of the destination.

Water Activities

  • Snorkelling, scuba diving, jetskiing. Viewing fo colourful fish, coral and other sea life.
  • Sunbathe and take a dip in a secluded beach.
  • Get out on the water in a glass bottom boat.
  • Discover the incredible underwater worlds in the destination you visit.

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  • There might be shops easily accessible just after de-boarding the cruise.
  • There are also excursions designed specifically for shopping experience - visiting authentic shops and unique boutiques.


  • Dining excursions give access to authentic food and unique dining experiences.
  • Excursions include - local meal at a local home with a local family = authentic taste of the local culture.
  • Discover local specialities.
  • Culinary destinations.


  • Learn about the past, historical dates and stories for the destinations.
  • Overnight excursions. E.g Egypt to see the Great Pyramids and Valley of the Kings.

Shows and Entertainment

  • Immerse yourself in local arts, history and culture.
  • Take a walking tour, visit an ancient site. Watch a traditional dance performance, listen to a storytellers tales of local legend.


  • Take a helicopter or light plane across landscapes including glaciers and ice fields, national parks, waterfalls and see things in a new way.
  • E.g: adventure activities like fly fishing, wilderness walks and dog sledding.

Wilderness/Wildlife Tours

  • Focused on seeing rare and amazing creatures in their natural habitats.

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