What is a Shore Excursion?Shore excursions are optional, guided tours in a cruise ship's port of call. They are offered in almost all cruise ports and cities and are a great way to enhance your cruise experience by allowing you seeing more of the places you visit. Shore excursions highlight the best local attractions and sight-seeing opportunities; the best places to shop; and, give the cruise passenger a chance to experience the local culture.
How can I learn about the Shore Excursions that are available to me? Every cruise line sells shore excursions. As a convenience to their passengers, they provide a complete list of tours with descriptions and prices in advance of your cruise both on their websites and with your cruise documents. Select tours are also available on our website at ICruise.com. You can pre-book them prior to leaving home or wait until you board your ship. If you are selecting your cruise based on the different tours to take in port, your best bet is ICruise.com or the Cruise Line's website.
Why should I book a Shore Excursion?An organized shore excursion can maximize your time ashore and eliminate the need for making time-consuming arrangements while in port. Cruise Lines have tremendous experience in selecting those tours and attractions that they believe will best satisfy their passengers interests, whether it's fun, enrichment, high adventure, sight-seeing or relaxation. The tours they select for you will highlight the most popular sites and activities in a particular port of call, so that you can get the most from your visit there. These tours are led by local residents, who's expertise and first-hand knowledge of the history and folklore of the local attraction not only educate you, but also provide colorful insights and anecdotes that you just cannot experience on your own with a city map and guide-book.
What's included with a Shore Excursion?Shore excursions include transportation to the attraction or activity, the services of a local tour guide, equipment and gear (if applicable) and entrance fees if applicable. For example, if you are taking a scuba tour in Cozumel, your tour will include the transportation from the ship to local dive facility, all scuba gear and tanks, the trip to the dive spot; two dives, and return transportation to ship.. Some tours may also include meals, drinks and refreshments depending on the tour.
How much do Shore Excursions cost?The cost of a shore excursion varies by the tour and the cruise line. Walking and driving tours to local land attractions, beach escapes, or simple museum tours can be purchased for as little as $15 - $25 per person. More high adventure activities like snorkeling, wave runner tours, swimming with stingrays, jeep safaris, helicopter and flight-seeing tours, white-water rafting will cost more. You can review the costs of shore excursions prior to booking your cruise and you can actually pre-booking them prior to arriving at the ship. Fares for shore excursions are subject to change without notice.
Can I pre-book my Shore Excursions?Yes, after you make the final payment on your cruise, you can pre-book your shore excursions directly with the cruise line or online with ICruise.com. ICruise.com offers many of the same shore excursions offered by the cruise lines but a reduced prices. Click here for more details.
Should I tip my tour guide or driver? Extending a gratuity to your guide or driver is strictly optional; however, in some countries, these personnel may anticipate that if you were pleased with their services, you will reward them in a monetary way. A commonly accepted guideline is $1 per person for a half-day and $2 per person for a full day.
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