When you cast your mind back and imagine a shore excursion, you’ll probably recall the early mornings, big buses and flag-bearing tour guides followed by the masses – but for luxury cruising, these shoreside experiences are done a little differently.
For this week’s Luxury Editorial, we’ll be taking a closer look at how luxury cruising has redefined the way travellers are spending their time ashore, immersing them in the cultures, connecting them with the locals and helping them cross off those bucket-list experiences.
Azamara Land Programs
A pioneer in forging authentic experiences, Azamara is a cruise line designed for explorers. Scratch beneath the surface and uncover the secrets of each destination with Azamara’s immersive itineraries, longer stays in each port and unforgettable overnight stays throughout your voyage.
Ensuring that guests have every opportunity to truly immerse themselves in each destination is Azamara’s hallmark, and after pairing up with some of the most reputable independent travel experts in the world, Azamara’s Land Programmes, now available across the fleet, promise a truly authentic travel experience. Add a pre- or post-cruise stay onto your all-inclusive Azamara voyage and enjoy a few days spent on land where you can really dive into the heart of the destination.
Whether you choose to spend five days in Greece, visiting cliff-top monasteries and soaking up the archaeological ancient wonders before stepping aboard, or jump onto a 4×4 in Africa and go in search of the Big 5 on safari – find what you love to do and let Azamara do the rest.
Land Programmes are exclusive Azamara and are not included in the fare, call 01246 819819 for more details.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
All-inclusivity is what sets Regent Seven Seas Cruises apart from the rest. From free return flights to and from the UK, complimentary beverages onboard to speciality restaurants and unlimited shore excursions – it’s all included, right there in the price of your fare.
Take advantage of the fact that your every need will be attended to, ensuring that your time ashore is a gift to enjoy to the very fullest. Experience more and venture further than you ever imagined, like on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Alaska, where not only is an all-inclusive pre- OR post-cruise stay in Vancouver included in the fare, but there are up to 76 unlimited shore excursions to enjoy throughout the voyage too. Kayak through Icy Strait Point, an area with an abundance of marine life, sweep past humpback whales and watch bald eagles soar overhead, then step onto a pontoon boat and sail past glacier-carved scenery, before feasting on Dungeness Crabs when in Ketchikan.
Oceania Cruises Wellness Discovery Tours
Once you’ve managed to unwind in Oceania’s decadent décor, savour the gastronomical delights across the multiple dining venues, be pampered in the ship’s spa, or be utterly spoiled by the exceptional service, then perhaps it’s time to step ashore and embark on one of their 54 dedicated worldwide Wellness Discovery Tours.
The exclusive shore excursion series of Wellness and Healthy Living Tours invite guests to nourish their mind, body and spirit on quests through Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and beyond. These unique and innovative hand-picked excursions unify culture, mystical destinations, and restorative practices into memorable and rejuvenating travel experiences.
Perhaps you’ll take your wellbeing to new heights on an immersive wellbeing exploration, as you hike up Ushuaia’s signature glacier, pass through forested scenery before pausing beside a mountain stream and partaking in a guided meditation session. Or when in Rome, why not submerge into the ‘Terme Dei Papi’, a pool of curative waters rich in healing minerals that have traditionally been enjoyed for centuries by the popes.
Seabourn Venture Expedition Cruises
There are certain journeys some may only dream of, like exploring the winding Amazon River, kayaking through Icelandic fjords or walking alongside penguin colonies in Antarctica. Yet Seabourn set out to turn wanderlust into reality with Seabourn Venture.
Listen in awe as the ship’s hull breaks through ice and glides through diverse seascapes on a path through some of the world’s most magnificently remote locations. Seabourn Venture is a purpose-built expedition ship that exudes luxury, making for an unforgettable adventure at sea. Spend days admiring the spectacular scenery from your lavishly furnished veranda, hike up ancient Inca sites with expert guides, hop aboard a zodiac and get up-close to teeming birdlife and jungle rivers, or plunge beneath the surface to discover underwater ice cliffs and vivid reef walls on Seabourn Venture’s very own submarines.
Specially curated by a dedicated team of expert Journey Designers, Scenic FreeChoice provides guests with daily opportunities to explore many of the world’s most treasured destinations and beauty spots. Scenic recognises that each guest has different requirements, so the Scenic FreeChoice options are divided into 3 categories: Active, Moderate and Relaxed so there’s something for everyone…
Whether you choose to take a trip through vineyard-strewn landscapes in the Rhone Valley sampling wine along your way, hop on to a tuk-tuk and sweep through Phnom Penh, or soar above Whistler on an exhilarating and exclusive helicopter tour – it’s your choice to decide how you personalise your days and spend your time ashore.