One of the first questions our clients ask after booking a cruise is, “What is there to do in port?” Of course, the cruise lines offer a variety of shore excursions to their guests, but how do you choose? One of the most appreciated services we provide our clients is port information resources so informed decisions can be made. Let’s take a look at some of the tourist board websites for activity ideas on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.
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When long-time clients, Molly and Roger, were researching shore excursions for their Mediterranean and Black Sea cruise, the cruise line’s offerings missed the mark in some of the ports. Friends from home recommended that while in Istanbul they visit the Basilica Cistern underneath the city. The cistern had been rediscovered recently and restored. Originally it was one of the major water sources for the city. A Must-See. But, not included on any of the ship’s tours.
I suggested that they take a look at ShoreTrips®, and independent tour operator offering excursions in the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, South America, Bermuda, the Mexican Pacific Coastline, the Baltic, the Atlantic European Coast, the Mediterranean, the Middle East. It’s an alternative to the cruise line’s programs with personal service and typically much smaller groups all at very competitive prices. Each vendor is personally selected for ShoreTrips® for their expertise and passion for the experience. In fact in his latest book, Arthur Frommer writes that ShoreTrips® is the ONLY shore excursion provider that he recommends.
Molly writes, “We were quite pleased with the ShoreTrips® private excursion in Istanbul. It was very nice to have a guide for just the four of us, so that we could ask questions, go at our own pace, and even add an extra site. We passed large groups from our ship and others throughout the day, and we were glad to be separate.”
Recommending alternatives to the cruise line’s tours is just one way we add value to our client’s vacation. Whether it is for individuals, special interest (golf, wine, diving, etc.) groups, church groups, or multi-generational family groups personalized tours enrich your vacation memories.