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By Viator, December 2010

Whether you’re cruising the tropical Caribbean or Europe’s Mediterranean Sea, shore excursions offer don’t-miss opportunities to see more of the world and dive into adrenaline-fueled activities.

If Mexican resorts like Los Cabos and Cozumel are your ports of call, why not take the plunge and learn to dive on your shore excursion, or kayak and snorkel with tropical fish? Sail around the palm-fringed coastline on a catamaran, dive beneath the waves in a submarine or just chill out for a few hours at a private beach resort.

Caribbean ports like Nassau, Barbados, Montego Bay, St. Lucia and St. Thomas offer resort diving and cultural tours combining history, nature and world-class water sports. Spread your wings on a zipline adventure above the jungle canopy, or go off-roading into the countryside on an ATV.

If you’re cruising the Mediterranean, shore excursions take you on a journey through history to explore Renaissance cities and cultural hot spots. In Italy, your liner might anchor at Naples for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the poignant ruins of Pompeii, or a day cruise to the captivating isle of Capri.

Civitavecchia is your port for Rome, and a day tour taking in the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican and other must-see sights of the Eternal City is a great way to spend your time on land. Sorrento is the gateway to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, where coastal roads wind around cliffs to picture-postcard villages like Ravello and Positano.

Step off your cruise liner at the Spanish port of Barcelona, and a wealth of tapas bars, stylish cafes and the Gothic old city lie before you.

On the Bosphorus, you’ll dock at the ancient city of Istanbul, where shore excursions visit the city’s mosques and churches, exotic bazaars and the fabled sultans’ palace of Topkapi.

Whichever relaxing or action-packed shore activity you choose, book ahead and organize port transfers to make the most of your time ashore for a truly memorable vacation.

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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Livorno and you have only a single day to see the surrounding Italian towns of Pisa and Florence, you’ll need a privately guided ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.55

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $116.76

Naples Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 225 Reviews

Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day shore excursion from Naples. Departing from ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.77

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour in Rome

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 7 Reviews

While in port in Civitavecchia, take a full-day shore excursion to Rome for a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Visited by more ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.90

Livorno Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Livorno and you have only a single day to visit the surrounding Italian towns of Siena and San Gimignano, you’ll need a ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.64

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 212 Reviews

This sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this shore excursion you will see how old ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.73

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Rome in One Day Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 Reviews

For cruise passengers arriving in Civitavecchia with only a single day to see the beautiful city of Rome and what it has to offer - this privately guided fully ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.77

Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

While in port in Juneau, take advantage of Alaska’s incredible scenery on this two-part shore excursion. Take to the skies on a helicopter tour over the ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $275.00

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. You’ll see how ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.45

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