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Shore Excursions

By Viator, May 2013

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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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 122 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 $105.97

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 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 $95.71

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 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 $58.11

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 184 Reviews

While in port in St Maarten, enjoy fun in the sun at two of St Maarten’s renowned beaches – Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Your friendly guide will deliver you ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.99

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton ...  Read more

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

From USD $175.02

Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 83 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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 50 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 $124.00

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Step off your cruise ship in Tauranga and enter Middle-earth on a 2-hour guided visit to the Hobbiton movie set, featured in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.65

Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Punta Tombo Penguin Colony

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This unique wildlife shore excursion takes you on a private day trip from Puerto Madryn to Punta Tombo, a special penguin preservation area. Enjoy the unique ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture and beautiful gardens of Christchurch when your ship is in port in Akaroa. Your shore excursion from Akaroa port also ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.71

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