Why Book Cruise Shore Excursions?

Our ships are amazing places to be, but our shore excursions make a holiday truly unforgettable, and they cater for all tastes.

Travel is all about experiences, and we have an extensive programme of sightseeing tours around cities and significant sites in each country we visit. We even offer flightseeing tours, which give you a unique airborne perspective of a region. You’ll get similarly big kicks from adventure tours on horseback or by 4x4, underwater adventures including scuba diving and deep sea fishing, or once-in-a-lifetime experiences like parasailing.

We’ve tailored excursions for you to appreciate the best of regional food and wine, wildlife, beach life, golf, and cultural programmes taking in music, dance and much, much more!
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The Benefits of Booking Cruise Shore Excursions

  • Enjoy a hassle free day where everything is organised for you
  • Where possible we have negotiated special opening times for our tours, so museums, ports and other venues are open at weekends and on local holidays
  • Our tour operators pre-purchase entrance tickets where possible to ensure you don't have to waste time queuing
  • If there are any unforeseen changes in itinerary or arrival time, we’ll take care of the details so you can relax and enjoy your holiday
  • Our tours our operated independently at each destination so your guides are reputable, insured and experts on the local area
  • We offer headsets that can be utilised to improve the guest experience in hearing the guide commentary (available on specific tours)
  • Our cancellation policy is up to 4 days prior to sailing online and up to 24 hours prior to port arrival onboard (most ports)
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Family Friendly Tours

We have many especially designed family tours, as your cruise holiday is a time for the whole family to relax and have fun together. Look out for the family friendly icon when booking online. On the vast majority of our tours children under 3 years go free and we offer discounted
prices for children aged 4 to 12 years.

Accessible Shore Excursions

If you require accessible wheelchair friendly tours, please visit email us at shorexaccess@rccl.com. Browse our accessible shore excursions

Purchasing Shore Excursions

Some shore excursions are very popular so to avoid any disappointment we advise guests to book in advance to secure you place on the tour. You can book up to 4 days before you board the ship, or once you are onboard. All of our tours are operated on a first come first served basis.

Find or book shore excursions for your cruise holiday.
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Private and Custom Tours

Want to design a unique shore excursion to maximise your time in port?  We offer two ways to do it…

Option 1: In over 20 of our most popular European ports, you can now arrange for a private vehicle and driver and guide to take you wherever you’d like. From there, you can create your own experience, customising everything from what you visit and how long you stay to where you eat. These options can be booked online up to 4 days prior to sailing.  When booking, please select the language you’d like the guide to speak. 

Option 2:  Our shoreside explorations team can organise and customise your own private tour so you can go at your own pace. You decide what you want to see and do and we’ll get you there. To book your custom itinerary just complete an order form at least 14 days prior to your planned cruise. 

Late Flight?

Instead of sitting around at the airport, why not take advantage of our Late Departure Programme and get longer onboard so you can spend the day resting, relaxing and getting the Royal treatment. Lounge by the pool, grab a bite to eat in the Windjammer and enjoy some of your favourite onboard amenities.*    You can book a late departure online or purchase this option onboard at the Guest Services desk. *Available onboard select European sailings.

Did you know?

You can reserve seats for onboard entertainment, times for dining, sports and onboard activities in advance to make sure you get times that suit you.  Get your holiday your way and pre-book online up to 90 days before your cruise.  If you are sailing in less than 4 days, you will need to make your reservations on board.

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Got questions about shore excursions?

If you have any questions about our cruise shore excursions, take a look at our frequently asked questions to see if you can find the answers you are looking for. 

You can also contact us or call us on 0844 493 4005 for more information.  Find out what others are saying about our shore excursions on our Facebook page.