The fun of a cruise is equal parts what you do on board and what you do on shore and cruise lines offer a full schedule of shore excursions to help you make the most of your time in port. However, the process of choosing and booking tours can be overwhelming for new cruisers.
Advance Planning and Resources
The secret to a wonderful day ashore is to plan ahead. Research and educate yourself about the attractions in each port, so you can decide whether to book a tour or go it alone. For example, if you are planning a New Zealand cruise and you want to visit Christchurch, determine what port the cruise line will use. Lyttelton Harbour is 7.5 miles from Christchurch but Akaroa is a 50 mile trip. If your ship is docking in Akaroa, your time in Christchurch will be limited.
Luckily, cruisers have several resources for researching in-port activities.
Get the Most From Your Shore Excursion
Here are a few tips to keep in mind so you get the best experience out of your shore excursion.