A cruise lets you discover many places in a short amount of time. Maximize that time by asking your Q travel advisor to connect you with a local expert on a private or group shore excursion.
From kayak expeditions to city tours, heli-hiking to cooking classes, wine tastings to beach escapes, our shore excursion selection will likely appeal to your interests. In many places, your Virtuoso travel advisors can even arrange for you to “skip the lines” or gain access where or when the general public can’t.
While others walk off the ship with a map and a dazed look on their face, trying to decide where to go and what to see, you’ll be taken straight to the highlights, while your expert fills you in about life in and history of their home town.
Book Your Shore Excursions in Advance
Don’t waste your first day on the ship standing in line at the Shore Excursions Desk, only to find out that the tour you wanted is sold out. Confirm your excursions in advance, so you can spend that first day relaxing and getting to know your ship instead.
Most cruise lines let you request shore excursions on their website in advance of your cruise. But as cruise line excursions tend to be in large groups and priced at a premium, we recommend you take a look at two of our shore excursion partners too:
Our favorite shore excursions experts consistently deliver a better experience for our clients. (In fact, we book ShoreTrips excursions for our own vacations.) The husband and wife team that founded ShoreTrips challenged themselves to find better excursion experiences than those offered by the cruise lines. They handpick their local tour operators around the world and personally inspect every single excursion offered. ShoreTrips offers:
A variety of tours (many not available through the cruise line) in the Caribbean, Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Multi-port discount packages
Private excursions, just for you and your family or group, in most destinations. Perfect if you’d like to customize your experience to your interests.
Premium Shared Van Tours: join a small group of travelers and travel by van rather than motor coach. You’ll enjoy a more exclusive experience, without the price tag of a private excursion.
Tours generally considerably smaller than 50-seat coaches frequently used by the cruise lines.
Guarantees that you get back to your ship on time: more than 300,000 travelers a year book their excursions through ShoreTrips and they have never left anyone behind.
Confirmed reservations before you sail (most cruise lines only let you request, rather than confirm, your reservation and may cancel a tour if not sufficient people sign up.)
A generous cancellation policy: you can cancel most trips up to 11 days before you sail (15 days for trips in Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand).
Your money back if a trip does not take place.
Take a look at the ShoreTrips website to see what options are available and book your own shore excursion. Questions? Simply give us a call.
Shore Excursions Group
When two shore excursion executives decided to leave the cruise line they worked for, they started a new company with the desire to offer “lower prices, higher quality” tours for their clients. Shore Excursions Group offers:
Tours (many not available through the cruise line) in Alaska, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, New England, New Zealand, Panama Canal and South America.
Private Shore Excursions: allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Groups of 4 or more can often enjoy a tour for less than the cost of a large cruise line tour.
Small Group Excursions: generally range from 2 to 20 people, providing a more personalized experience than the large excursions offered by the cruise lines.
Standard Shore Excursions: typically range from 20-50 people, similar in size to those offered by the cruise lines, but generally less expensive.
Lower fares than the cruise lines, with a “Lowest Price Guarantee”
Want an even more personalized experience? Bragging rights for life?
Give us a call and let us know what you’d love to do on your next vacation.
Chances are that we can work with one of our many local experts and create memories forever.