What Is a Port Excursion?


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A port excursion, also known as a shore excursion, is a trip taken ashore while at a port stop during a cruise. Some port excursions are organized by the cruise line tour operators, such as a sightseeing tour of Tuscany or a visit to the penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands. Other excursions can be taken independently by passengers, such as a walking tour of Monte Carlo.

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Port excursions allow cruise passengers to experience the culture of each port stop along their cruise. Organized excursions have several benefits. For example, passengers can reserve tickets online, base tours around their ship's schedule and be assured that the ship will not leave if the tour is running late. Excursions planned independently by the passengers themselves have benefits as well. For example, there is more free time to venture out and explore sites of personal interest within walking distance of the ship.

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