If Alan and I counted up the number of cruise excursions that we’ve experienced, it would total into the hundreds. Good, bad, not so good, the best—booked with the cruise line or independently—our cruise excursion reviews give you an idea of what to expect.
Cruise excursion reviews: A first-hand look
These shore excursion reports are based on our first-hand travel experiences—boomer travelers who’ve been there, or those of hand-picked guest writers. We find that reading an account from someone who’s been there and done that is the glimpse we need when choosing what to do in port. You will, too!
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Should you book shore excursions with the cruise line?
My answer is—that depends. There are some places in the world where I prefer that the cruise line be responsible for my tours, especially in third-world countries or off-the-beaten types of destinations.
In well-visited major ports, you may find a better deal by booking a tour on your own. Keep in mind that if you miss the ship, it’s your responsibility to get yourself to the next port.
If you prefer booking private shore excursions or group ones—but with a guide—we recommend checking out the shore excursions at Viator or the guided experiences at Get Your Guide. Both companies are good places to purchase skip-the-line tours if you are traveling independently.
Since January 2008, we’ve shared our cruise excursion experiences with you. And there are a lot more to come!
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Mediterranean Shore Excursions
Perennially popular, Mediterranean cruises travel to some of the most beautiful, and popular, destinations in Europe. Some of our favorites include Montserrat (via Barcelona) and Cartagena in Spain, Provence (from Nice) in France, and almost any port in Italy, especially the ones in Sicily. Read about our experiences by clicking on: Mediterranean Cruise Excursions.
Alaska Cruise Excursions
Going on a cruise in Alaska? You’re in for a treat, especially if you love the outdoors. We’ve experienced Alaska shore excursions on both mainstream and adventure cruises in Alaska. Be sure to read our advice before planning your time in “The Last Frontier.” To read more, click on Alaska Cruise Excursions.
Hawaiian Shore Excursions
On a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands, discover snorkeling, history and more. Go whale watching in Maui, snorkel off the coast of the Big Island or tour a WWII battleship in Oahu. Click on Cruise excursions in Hawaii to read our first-hand reports.
South Pacific cruise excursions
Azure blue waters, plentiful snorkeling opportunities and unique cultural experiences are part of a South Pacific shore excursion. Alan and I have more days cruising the South Pacific than any other region in the world. It’s one of our favorite cruising itineraries. Let us tempt you with our favorite tropical adventures in South Pacific cruise excursions.
Asia Cruise Excursions
Asia offers glimpses of exotic cultures, steamy landscapes and unique wildlife watching opportunities. What should you do in Nagasaki? Is a Mekong River excursion your cup of tea? Our first-hand reviews of Asia shore excursions will help you decide.
Cruise excursions in South America
You’ll find plenty to explore in South America. From the Carnival Museum in Rio de Janeiro to the colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia to the natural wonders of Chile and Argentina—there’s something for everyone. Prepare for your South American sailing by reading Cruise Excursions in South America.
Shore Excursions in Norway
From the fjords to historic cities, Norwegian cruise itineraries are packed with active travel fun. Alan and I have explored Bergen, visited a goat farm, hiked Plateau Mountain in Longyearbyen and more. Click on Cruise Excursions in Norway to see which adventure is for you.
European River Cruise Excursions
If you’re planning a European river cruise soon, make sure to take a look at some our favorite European River Cruise Excursions. These reviews will help you decide what to do on river cruise excursions that are usually included in the cost of your cruise.
Cruising to Namibia
When Alan and I stopped in Walvis Bay on our cruise from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, we chose the Treasures of the Namib Desert excursion. Read about our experience visiting the driest destination on Earth in Cruising to Namibia.
Stopping by St. Helena
Baby boomer travelers don’t exactly “stop by” St. Helena, but we were lucky to do so on our cruise from Cape Town to Rio. Read about life and history in this remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Will you be Stopping by St. Helena?
Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin
On long cruises with lots of sea days, Alan and I are always happy to put our feet on the ground once the ship is in port. A great hike in New Zealand was just the sea break we needed when our 64-day South Pacific cruise called on Dunedin. To read about our experience, click on Mt Cargill Walk.
Exploring Ulva Island in New Zealand
Apart from an Antarctica cruise, a trip to Ulva Island may be the closest Alan and I will get to the end of the world. Read all about our time Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion
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