2012 Press Releases
Ahoy Cruise Passengers! Viator’s Shore Excursions in Warm Weather Ports Make Wave Season Planning a Cool Breeze
October 23, 2012
San Francisco, Calif.—(Oct. 23, 2012)—As winter looms and wave season sails into high gear, finding the best values on popular shore excursions can be a challenge. But not this year! This spring’s launch of a new site from the team at Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking tours and activities around the world, guaranteed that cruise passengers planning Wave Season 2012–13 sailings would have a trusted resource for insider access to the best excursions at the lowest prices. Celebrating the site’s first wave season, www.shoreexcursions.viator.com is giving cruise passengers 5% off all bookings and featuring a selection of amazing experiences throughout the Caribbean.
The Western Caribbean has something for everyone, with a unique blend of sun and surf, the history of ancient civilizations, and eco-oriented adventures. Passengers with ports of call in the Bahamas, both Nassau and Freeport, have lots to choose from including snorkeling, shark diving and an exploration of the one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world at the Lucayan National Park.
For some thrills, an Exuma powerboat adventure or an exploration of the most notorious pirates of the Caribbean await. In Grand Cayman, Viator offers sightseeing tours to authentic Caribbean neighborhoods and green sea turtle farms, submarine expeditions, stingray dives and learn to dive excursions. Top activities in Cozumel combine both land and sea adventures, such as an ATV and snorkeling adventure, a Jeep and snorkel adventure and a Segway and snorkel adventure tour.
Ports of call in the Eastern Caribbean feature everything from duty-free shopping to watersports to tours of historic sites. The British Virgin Islands are a diver’s paradise and a beach-lover’s dream, and Viator’s Jost Van Dyke Snorkel and Beach Tour and Beef Island Snorkel Tour are sure to delight. The unspoiled beauty of Dominica can be enjoyed on Viator’s River Tubing Safari, Jeep Safari, rainforest zip-line adventure and river to ocean kayak adventure. Popular excursions in Dutch St. Maarten include snorkeling, a cruise on a tall pirate ship and a romantic dinner cruise. Idyllic St. Thomas offers perfect beaches, duty-free shopping and colonial history along with numerous water activities including Viator’s kayaking and snorkeling tour, swimming with sharks, snuba and a combination kayak, hike and snorkel tour.
The most exotic Caribbean islands are in the Southern Caribbean, and Viator offers cruise passengers endless adventures and opportunities for relaxation. The Essence of Aruba Shore Excursion includes stops at a cigar factor, beer brewery and rum factory, and the Highlights of Aruba Shore Excursion visits a lighthouse and relaxing beach. In Barbados, Viator’s sightseeing tours visit top attractions such as the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Paynes Bay; the cities of Bridgetown, Speightstown and Holetown; and Harrison’s Cave. Curacao shore excursions include a unique visit to an ostrich farm, sure to delight the entire family. Over in St. Kitts, Viator’s Rainforest Tour is a hiker’s dream, and water lovers will enjoy the Kayak and Snorkel Adventure and Pelican Cove Snorkel Tour. And St. Lucia’s remarkable green-swathed peaks, pristine rainforest and golden beaches can be enjoyed on Viator’s Tour of St. Lucia and Soufriere Island Delight, while adventure junkies can get their adrenaline fix on a Zipline Canopy Tour.
Viator’s shore excursion website makes it easier than ever for cruise passengers to find and book shore excursions at the best prices—guaranteed. No longer reliant on the cruise lines’ pricey and crowded excursions, cruise travelers can choose from Viator’s 500+ pre-screened excursions in 90 of the most popular ports, at savings up to 60% off typical rates offered by cruise lines. Other features and benefits include planning tools that sync ship itineraries from the world’s leading cruise lines; unique options including customizable tours led by Viator Private Guides; last minute availability; unbiased cruise traveler reviews, photos and star ratings; and Worry-Free bookings that guarantee passengers won’t miss the ship.
Cruise passengers simply enter the code SAIL5 at checkout for this special Viator value. For more information, travelers can follow Viator Shore Excursions on the Viator Travel Blog as well as Twitter and Facebook.
* From now through Nov. 6, 2012, all bookings made through www.shoreexcursions.viator.com will receive a 5% discount off the already low prices.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 10,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator—the Latin word for traveler—offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 330,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, the Viator Shore Excursions website, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.