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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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Best Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 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 $290.00

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 249 Reviews

Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4.5 hours

From USD $125.00

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 97 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 $106.24

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at the Civitavecchia port, embark on an independent shore excursion to Rome. Your private driver will pick you up and take you to ...  Read more

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

From USD $113.84

Livorno Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa in One Day Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Swap Livorno’s cruise port for the sights of Florence and Pisa on this full-day shore excursion. Take in the quintessential Tuscan countryside as you travel to ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.08

Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

While in port in Juneau, enjoy an scenic Alaskan experience through the eyes of an Iditarod musher. This shore excursion takes you on a helicopter tour over ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $510.00

Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 153 Reviews

Spend time in port in Skagway enjoying a full-day shore excursion into the Yukon, Canada's westernmost territory. Explore some of North America's most stunning ...  Read more

Location: Skagway, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $103.95

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

When your ship moors in Kusadasi port, seize the moment and visit ancient Ephesus on this 5-hour private shore excursion. Meet your guide and travel to this ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.84

Best Naples Shore Excursion: Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

Cruise passengers arriving in the port of Naples can explore legendary Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, on this full-day ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.45

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