What to do ashore?
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What to do ashore?


Wake up with a different view every day, while unpacking only once. This is one of the most amazing benefits of going on a cruise holiday. You can simply explore the world! You can snorkel among coral reefs, hike glaciers or exotic forests, shop at exotic markets or in bustling metropolises, explore ancient ruins or just relax on the most amazing beaches of the world.

Cruise lines offer a wide range of tours covering an array of interests, from adrenaline raising adventures to participating in cultural events, depending what is available at each destination. There is also a choice between full- or half-day tours, while some of the excursions are guided, some of them are taking you to the destination and give you the chance to explore it at your own pace. Some of them highlight many activities while some of them more focused on one activity in depth. Most of the cruise operators gives you the chance to book your shore excursion on line even before you board, so you can plan in advance; however you can also sign up at the shore excursion desk once on board. Please note that shore excursions are always at an extra charge.

Mostly the ship will be at each port for around 8 to 9 hours and you will be excited to see so much in so little time. Hence, for you to get the most out of your days at port, you need to plan your shore excursions in advance. By booking the ship-sponsored tours, you can avoid the hassle of finding alternative arrangements and you can be rest assured that you are in safe hands with a reputable company. Also, if you are participating in an excursion arranged by the cruise ship, the cruise ship will wait for you in case the excursion runs late for some reason.

Whether you vote for a guided tour or go for independent exploration, it probably also depends on your budget. Arranged tours can widely differ in price, based on the cruise line, the port and the activity itself. It can be just a simple arranged beach getaway or even a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier. If you are interested to see an attraction that is further away from the pier, it is a good idea to sign up for a tour, however if you just want to wonder around the town, definitely an independent trip is your best bet. You can also vote for booking your trip with a local provider, however make sure that you select a reputed company. Please don’t forget while the ship will wait for ship-sponsored tours, you have the risk of being left at the port if you are returning late to the pier.

Some of the Cruise Lines also offer cruise tours. Cruise tours give you the opportunity to make the best of both worlds. It is a combination of an exciting cruise holiday and an adventurous land tour, giving you the option of explore some beautiful ports in more depth. Cruise tours can be taken either before or after your cruise vacation and they are fully escorted by knowledgeable tour guides. The land tours generally ranges from two to fourteen nights and includes accommodations in some of the finest hotels including 4 and 5 star properties, sight seeing on motor coach or trains with trained experts to make sure you enjoy the unique attractions, historic landmarks, cultures & local flavor at each place.

To make the best out of your cruise holiday, the best advice is to plan ahead.