Expanded Offerings Include Late Season Bargains on Tours Departing from Popular Ports of Call SAN FRANCISCO
- (Aug. 11, 2011) - Viator
, the leading resource for nearly 9,000 tours and activities in 750 destinations in 150 countries, today announced new tours and activities for cruise passengers in Alaska ports of call, including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Viator's Alaska shore excursions are affordable alternatives to those offered by cruise lines, with savings up to 40 percent on popular activities including glacier trekking and ice climbing, seaplane and flightseeing tours, ziplining through the Alaskan rainforest, and hiking and kayaking day trips.
"The cruise industry continues to break records and will serve an anticipated 16 million passengers in 2011,* and Viator's Alaska shore excursions are ideal for those who want a more personalized experience while off the boat," said Ms. Barrie Seidenberg, president and CEO of Viator, Inc. "Viator offers shore excursions in more than 45 ports of call worldwide, allowing travelers to customize their itinerary before, during and after their cruise with activities that are more budget-friendly and less crowded than what is traditionally offered by the ship."
Viator's Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway shore excursions each have a "Cruise Port Page"
on the site, which highlight specific port and destination information, including local area maps, customer reviews and suggestions on the best things to see and do with limited time in town. Perfect for late summer cruise vacations and throughout the September shoulder season, the new additions range from family-friendly day trips to off-the-beaten-path excursions that will challenge more adventurous thrill-seekers:
- The ultimate whale watching adventure off the shores of Juneau including a visit to Mendenhall Glacier starting at $130.99, a 20 percent savings compared to ship-sponsored adventures
- Glacier trekking and ice climbing Juneau's top attraction, Mendenhall Glacier, starting at $198.45
- Kayaking through the Alaskan wilderness with views of Mendenhall, Herbert and Eagle glaciers and possible humpback whale sightings, starting at $124.95
- A 90-minute seaplane tour of the untamed wilderness of the Misty Fjords starting at $228.99 – a 40 percent savings compared to similar tours offered by cruise lines
- Sea kayaking along Tongass National Forest and Eagle Island, starting at $112.50
- A zipline and canopy tour above the Ketchikan Rainforest treetops, starting at $156.25
- A scenic hiking and rafting adventure along the world-famous Chilkoot Trail in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, perfect for family members of all ages, starting at $94.50 - a 25 percent savings compared to cruise line offerings.
- A relaxing float tour down the Taiya River starting at $78.75.
Cruise ship passengers favoring a more do-it-yourself approach can customize their own shore excursions by booking one of Viator's many expert Private Tour Guides
. These guides work with travelers to create a personalized itinerary based on specific interests, and tours can include anything from hiking pristine forest trails and photographing wildlife to kayaking and mountain biking along the Alaskan Coast. Viator's global network of Private Tour Guides includes local experts who specialize in the most popular destinations like London, New York and Paris as well as more off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Bolivia, Tanzania and Bhutan. All guides have professional licenses or tour guiding certificates, ensuring travelers have the best possible personal tour experience.
Viator's Alaska shore excursions are run by tour operators who are pre-screened for value, quality and service and maintain the same licensing and insurance coverage required by the cruise lines. Additionally, Viator's Worry-free Shore Excursions
pledge provides travelers with the added peace of mind that they will return to port well in advance of their ship's departure. In the rare circumstances where passengers miss their departure, Viator will provide transportation to the ship's next port-of-call.
Viator's Alaska shore excursions can be accessed through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone
and Viator's mobile site. Visit the Viator Travel Blog
for more inspiration or follow the company on Facebook
for the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news. # # # About Viator
is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to nearly 9,000 tours, attractions and activities in 750-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 260,000 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, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, eight local language sites for the European and Japanese 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.
* According to Apextour in "World Cruise Industry to Break Records
," Aug. 4, 2011