SHORE EXCURSIONS CREDIT

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    Go Local - Burges Through the Eyes of a Local

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Experience Bruges like a local by exploring areas off the beaten path but still in the shadow of landmarks such as Kruispoort. Although you will stop at this 15th-century gate, the sites that lie ahead will reveal a lesser-known but not less spectacular side of Bruges. You will see windmills along medieval ramparts, follow atmospheric lanes through residential neighborhoods and pause at the bridges and inner canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North. Upon arriving in St. Anne’s, you will behold the Jerusalem Chapel, which was designed to mirror the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. By the 16th century, Bruges had become a textile center for woven lace, and you will observe a demonstration of this artisan trade that continues to flourish. Another way to become immersed in local life is at the Markt, a sprawling square that has been a marketplace for more than 1,000 years.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Explore atmospheric areas of Bruges that are typically unknown to all but the locals.
    • Cross landmark canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North.
    • Watch a demonstration of lace making, a trade that has flourished in Bruges for centuries.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 2½ hours of walking over even and uneven ground, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: AUD$170.37 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$170.37 AUD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Let's Take a Selfie - Florence & Pisa

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 7 hrs

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Florence & Pisa! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. Professional photographers & selfie experts will teach you how to take the best selfie photo including composition, posing, lighting etc. Capture the spirit of this incredible destination.


    Your tour will start with a scenic drive from the ship to Piazza della Signoria. Your walking tour will have designated selfie stops at: • Piazza della Signoria
    • Santa Maria de Fiore Cathedral
    • Piazza della Repubblica
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Piazzale Michelangelo
    • The Tower of Pisa


    To make this experience even more fun, you will be provided with a selfie stick and utilize our Selfie Station in order to help catch the perfect picture. During the tour, you will stop for some traditional treats and a wine tasting.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour is not recommended to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and comfortable clothing. Bring your own fully charged cellphone or camera. A limited amount of selfie sticks will be available to share. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: AUD$199.00 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$170.37 AUD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green-Off Shore Blue Energy

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Cruise into the North Sea to a large offshore wind park that greatly contributes to Belgium’s ambitious sustainable energy goals. Before you head out to sea from Blankenberge harbor, you will hear about Belgium’s commitment to wind power, how wind turbines work and their effect on the climate and marine life. The country has embraced the development of wind parks because other means of energy emit excessive carbon dioxide and importing electricity has its limitations. It will be quite the experience to view the dozens of offshore wind turbines up close from the comfort of the boat. They soar high above the water and continuously generate power by optimizing the available wind. As part of your immersion into clean energy, you will see how the power is transported to shore for distribution.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Observe offshore wind turbines up close from a boat that provides a unique perspective.
    • Learn the benefits of wind power and why Belgium is so committed to its development.
    • See how the power from the offshore wind turbines is transported to shore.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately two hours of walking and/or standing. It is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The boat used can vary and could be a RIB or a partly covered boat, therefore warm clothing is strongly recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes. The tour can be cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Motion sickness may occur while on the water. The boat is accessible by a ladder and guests should be able to enter/exit the boat independently.
    • Adult from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Fruits of the Valley

    Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

    Duration 3 hrs

    Meander through the orchards at a family farm that makes Rocquette apple ciders and sample a remarkable variety of them. As you travel inland, you will notice the countryside becoming more and more agricultural. Although cider-making dates to the 1700s in the Channel Islands, it has experienced a renaissance. To meet the growing demand, the farm that you will visit planted an additional 5,000 apple trees over the past two decades. The owners also updated their equipment and altered their farming techniques for organic production. The result is a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders with distinct characters and crisp tastes. You will sample as many as nine Rocquette ciders that may include a refreshing draft with a prominent “appley” taste, a medium-strong aromatic cider blended with hops and a sweet cider made with raspberry juice. Local cheese, fresh-baked biscuits and the farm’s own apple chutneys will be served as accompaniments.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a family farm with thousands of apple trees for the production of organic ciders.
    • Gain insight into the history of cider-making and the growing interest in cider.
    • Sample an inspired selection of apple ciders paired with cheeses, biscuits and chutneys.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes approximately an hour of walking. It is available to guests with limited mobility who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them.

    • Adult from: AUD$256.26 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$256.26 AUD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
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    Go Green-Beach Clean Up and Green Energy

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 5 hrs

    Help keep Zeebrugge’s coastline free from debris during a beach clean-up and then take the collected material to a facility that will convert it into green energy. The exact beach will be chosen the day of the excursion, but you can be sure it will be one of Zeebrugge’s most beautiful and popular stretches of sand. After about an hour of cleaning the beach, you will drive to nearby Oostende, where the collected debris will be taken to Biostoom, a biosteam plant that produces sustainable energy from waste. During the insider’s tour of the facility, you will gain an understanding of the fascinating process that creates green energy from household trash. You will learn how the debris is sorted and combusted in an eco-friendly way that makes enough steam to drive a generator and produce electricity. Steam power is just one of the sustainable energies that have made Belgium a leader in green energy.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Join a beach clean-up to help beautify one of Zeebrugge’s most popular stretches of sand.
    • Take the collected debris to Biostoom, a facility that produces steam power from waste.
    • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Biostoom to see firsthand how it creates green energy.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour must be purchased no later than 3 days prior to the operating date. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking/standing on sandy wet and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, warm weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Strong winds may occur on the beach.
    • Adult from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Explore Florence Like a Local

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 9 hrs

    Experience the real Florence by mingling with the residents at a popular market, sampling Florentine delicacies and browsing the less commercialized Oltrarno district. The fun will begin at San Lorenzo Market, which occupies a beautifully restored cast-iron building constructed in the 1870s. Although you may recognize some of the delicacies, be sure to ask the guide if you can’t identify something or don’t know its name. Chances are, you will see lampredotto, a Florentine specialty of cow stomach slow-cooked with vegetables and served on a crunchy bun. It is considered comfort food. After sampling a selection of more well-known products such as cheese, salami and olives, you will walk toward the Piazza del Duomo in the heart of the city. The famed Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore overlooks the square, and its dome has become a symbol of the city. Then, after stopping for a cup of creamy gelato, you will enjoy free time to explore the Oltrarno district.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Mingle with the locals while browsing Florence’s popular San Lorenzo Market.
    • Sample local delicacies such as salamis and cheeses and some more exotic ones.
    • Explore Florence’s authentic, less commercialized Oltrarno district.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 3½ hours of walking and standing with some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate, plus additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour. This tour must be purchased at least 3 days prior to the operating date. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

    • Adult from: AUD$327.85 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$284.90 AUD
    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Breathtaking Harris

    Stornoway, United Kingdom

    Duration 5 hrs

    Experience the varied and stunning landscapes of Outer Hebrides and enjoy a stop that will allow you to observe a weaving demonstration of world-famous Harris Tweed.


    Starting off from the cruise ship pier in Stornoway, the capital of the Outer Hebrides, you'll travel southward, skirting the fjord-like sea lochs of Loch Erisort and Loch Seaforth. The road then climbs steadily past the towns of Bowglass and Ardvourlie before navigating through a mountain pass which offers up excellent views of the rugged countryside. The views include the peak of Clisham, which at over 2,600 feet, is the highest mountain in the Outer Isles. Usually, native wildlife can be spotted here, including red deer, otters and golden eagles. The terrain here even features rocks which have been discovered to be the oldest in the world. During your drive, you will further witness how the powerful forces of ice and sea in the distant past have carved and polished a dramatic landscape of stark sea-cliffs, sweeping beaches and rugged heather uplands here on the island of Lewis.


    One of the most desirable wool textiles in the world, Harris Tweed, is produced in the Outer Hebrides and you will have the opportunity of visiting one of the small shops and adjacent tweed storehouse in the town of Tarbert. A weaving demonstration at the factory shows how the product is weaved and you will have the chance to purchase some lengths of tweed or small souvenir products. As the factory is not large in scale, visitors should be aware that space is restricted. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in Tarbert - which overloods Loch Tarbert and is the largest village on the island.


    Continuing on from Tarbert, you'll pass through a dramatic lunar landscape of rocks dotted with tiny lochans as you descend towards the vast expanse of Luskentyre Bay. Here, you'll head for Horgabost Beach where you will have some additional free time to enjoy the bleached white sand here. This lovely setting which is framed by the turquoise sea, backed by steep dunes and set against the backdrop of the mountains to the north, is a wonderful place to relax and take some memorable photos. From this location, you can also view the beautiful, uninhabited island of Taransay, the recent setting for a hugely popular television program, 'Castaway'.


    Following your stop at Horgabost Beach, you'll rejoin your coach and travel back the ship in Stornoway.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during free time and the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. As the weather can change throughout the day, it is recommended guests dress in layers and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.
    • Adult from: AUD$141.73 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$127.42 AUD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Green-House of Future & Sustainability

    Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany

    Duration 12 hrs

    Visit the environmentally friendly House of the Future for a glance into how people might live more sustainably and talk to Berliners that are already doing it. The Futorium, as the house is also known, showcases green construction as it was built with technologies that maximize renewable energies. It also contains exhibits that will get you thinking about better and perhaps controversial ways to live in the future, and the obstacles that first need to be overcome. Later, you will meet some restaurateurs that only serve vegan and vegetarian dishes made with organic, sustainably grown ingredients. Some of that produce comes from community gardens that have popped up throughout Berlin. You may want to visit one of these for lunch on our own. You may talk to a few of those gardeners or to local farmers at a communal market. Berlin’s near obsession with eco-conscious goods extends into clothing, as you will discover while browsing stores with forward-thinking brands whose merchandise is ethically made and sustainable.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Browse the House of the Future in Berlin and learn about its sustainable technologies.
    • Get an idea how people might live in the future and make less of an environmental impact.
    • Converse with the owners of vegan restaurants or with community organic gardeners.
    • Meet shop owners whose merchandise is ethically made and sustainable.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes significant walking and/or standing for multiple hours - at times on uneven ground. There are also approximately 80 steps to negotiate; therefore, it is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Order of sights may vary to avoid traffic congestions. Please note that most of the shops will be closed on Sundays.
    • Adult from: AUD$299.21 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$299.21 AUD
    DURATION 12 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao

    Bilbao, Spain

    Duration 5 hours

    This tour gives a great overview of Bilbao and includes a visit to the architecturally stunning Guggenheim Museum, located in the area of Abadoibarra.


    Starting off from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive through Bilbao as you make your way towards the Guggenheim Museum. En route, your guide will introduce you to this Basque city as you pass through the older industrial district. You will next pass the new palace of Congresses and the Plaza Elptica, where the old Carlton Hotel and the old Hacienda Floral are located. From here, you will cross the Deusto Bridge to reach the Guggenheim Museum.


    The Guggenheim building is truly a work of art in itself, designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry. The Museum's collection focuses on postwar works and the inaugural exhibition places a strong emphasis on the art of the past four decades, including major examples of Pop Art, Minimalism, Arte Povera, Conceptual Art and the respective developments of each successive generation. Featured artists include Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Gilbert and George, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. The exhibition also highlights contemporary Basque and Spanish art, including the work of Cristina Iglesias, Susana Solano and Francesc Torres. After the guided visit of the museum, you will take a short tour of Bilbao.


    Following an approximately 2 1/2 hour visit at the Guggenheim Museum, you will rejoin your coach and continue back into the heart of Bilbao. This charming city is both modern and dynamic while at the same time, quite traditional with its 700 years of history adding to the ambiance. Leaving your coach behind, you'll enjoy a guided walk around the Old Quarter, the most popular area of the city. Here, you will see the Teatro Arriaga, el Arenal, the old stevedoring port and today one of the favorite promenades of the citizens of Bilbao, the San Nicholas Church, the Cathedral of Santiago along with its cloister, and Plaza Nueva. After approximately 1 hour, your coach will transfer you back to the pier where your tour concluded.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking, some of it over cobblestone surfaces. While the Guggenheim Museum is wheelchair accessible, the tour may not be suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. The museum will not allow larger handbags or other day-packs inside; these should be left on the coach. Photography inside the museum is not permitted. This is a contemporary museum and the modern art may not be to everyone's taste. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Tour cannot operate on Mondays, (except in the months of July & August).
    • Adult from: AUD$156.05 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$141.73 AUD
    DURATION 5 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Cartagena: Traditional Market

    Cartagena, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. While walking to the Santa Florentina covered market, you will pass landmarks such as Conception Castle and several leafy parks. Long a staple for shopping, the market offers every imaginable culinary ingredient, and you can expect the atmosphere to be extraordinary lively as the residents and vendors interact and socialize. The guide will lead you to stalls where you can taste tapas topped with favorite ingredients. You might try one of these small-plate appetizers with fried squid, anchovies, artisanal cheese or vegetables, as produce is a specialty. Continuing on to the nearby Artisan Center, which is housed inside an 18th-century palace, you will browse stalls full of locally made arts and crafts. The ceramics, jewelry and glassware are particularly noteworthy. Chances are, you will see artisans making their pieces by hand.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Browse the stalls of the Santa Florentina market, which is revered for its fresh produce.
    • Sample small-plate tapas at the market, topped with local specialties such as squid and cheese.
    • Shop for hand-made jewelry and glassware at the Artisan Center, another favorite venue.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about three hours of walking and standing with some inclines, steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$227.63 AUD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Stavanger & Surroundings

    Stavanger, Norway

    Duration 3 hrs

    Reap the benefits of Nordic walking on a delightful hike across the Storhaug peninsula to the beaches on its southern shore. Nordic walking uses a specially designed pole that helps to maximize the benefits of the movements. It can tone the body, burn nearly 50% more calories and put less pressure on the knees and joints. Best of all, Nordic walking is easy to do. You will follow a historical, two-mile route through the city center of Stavanger, across the Storhaug peninsula and on to Godalen. The walk is only about two miles, but it is extraordinarily picturesque. Chances are, you will see bicyclists, other Nordic walkers and joggers, as the trail is as popular as it is scenic. In time, you will pause for a quintessential Norwegian snack of brunost, a brown cheese that is surprisingly sweet because the milk whey is cooked until the lactose sugars caramelize. The route back will be different but equally breathtaking.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Enjoy the benefits of Nordic walking, which burns more calories than traditional walking.
    • Follow a picturesque two-mile route through Stavanger and beyond.
    • Stop to snack on brunost, a quintessential Norwegian snack of brown cheese.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about three hours of walking and standing with some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. It is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: AUD$127.42 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$127.42 AUD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Hiking
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    Let's Take a Selfie – Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 5 hrs

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Amsterdam! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. Professional photographers & selfie experts will teach you how to take the best selfie photo including composition, posing, lighting etc. Capture the spirit of this incredible destination.


    Your tour will start with a scenic drive from the ship to Zaanse Schans Windmills. Your walking tour will have designated selfie stops at: • Zaanse Schans Windmills
    • Dam Square & the Royal Palace
    • The Canal Belt
    • Bloemenmarkt


    To make this experience even more fun, you will be provided with a selfie stick and utilize our Selfie Station in order to help catch the perfect picture. End your picture-perfect day with an included beer tasting at the Heineken Experience.


    Need to Know:

    Note: As the HOHO buses are shared with non-cruise tourists; Guests can expect long lines and wait times between buses. The tour is not recommended to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and comfortable clothing. Bring your own fully charged cellphone or camera. A limited amount of selfie sticks will be available to share.
    • Adult from: AUD$284.90 AUD
    • Child from: AUD$270.58 AUD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 03:51pm