SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Motu Beach Escapade

    Moorea, French Polynesia

    Duration 5 hrs

    Enjoy a wonderful ride in the clear lagoon of Moorea with great views of the island's sharp mountain peaks, lush green valleys and picturesque coastal shoreline, then enjoy a typical island lunch, relax on a delightful beach or enjoy the warm tropical waters of French Polynesia.


    Boarding your boat at the pier, you'll set-off across the turquoise waters of Moorea, en route to a gorgeous white sandy islet that is surrounded by crystal clear water. The waters here are shallow enough for you to walk right off the boat onto the pristine beach where you will have approximately three hours at your leisure.


    During your visit, you can relax and soak up the sun, or enjoy some great snorkeling and discover Moorea's amazing underwater world with its colorful fish, flora and fauna. There may even be some inquisitive stingrays to welcome you and in exchange for a piece of fish, they just might delight you by dancing gracefully around you.


    Following a barbeque lunch on the beach, you will have more time to enjoy the refreshing waters here or further relax on the beach while being entertained with local music and a coco demonstration.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour is not recommended for guests with mobility concerns. Walking and other activities are mainly at the guests' discretion; however, this tour is recommended for guests in reasonably good physical condition. It may be necessary to negotiate a ladder to board the boat from the water. Guests who wish to snorkel must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided (mask and snorkel), being in deep water and able to cope with occasional currents. Swimwear worn under a cover-up, sun cap, sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen, towel and reef shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral for both safety and environmental reasons. The waters surrounding Moorea do have stingrays, black-tip, white-tip, gray and lemon sharks which are generally considered harmless; however, those participating in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. There are no beach chairs available on this tour.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Meal
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    In The Footsteps of the Elves

    Seydisfjordur, Iceland

    Duration 7 hrs

    Explore a somewhat remote area supposedly inhabited by elves and hear tales of how the little “hidden people” have come to the aid of Icelanders. The farther you venture along the winding road from Seyðisfjörður, the more dramatic and isolated the terrain. You will see just how secluded this part of Iceland can be while pausing at Njarðvíkurskriður.


    A cliffside cross there marks the spot where, according to legend, a monster that attacked travelers fell into the sea. You will hear more folkloric tales in the teeny village of Bakkagerði and at the rocky hill Álfaborg, where locals claim the queen of Icelandic elves lives. One of the country’s foremost 20th-century artists painted the altarpiece at a nearby church. Still, few sights compare to Hafnarhólmi, a birdwatcher’s paradise. The observation platform will afford you an excellent view of nesting puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes; the latter being loud gulls named for their nasal “ki-ti-waak” callnotes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking on pavement, gravel, boardwalk and a total of 45 steps. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate, warm layered clothing and comfortable, flat, sturdy walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $269.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Fortress Of Louisbourg

    Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Start your journey with an introduction to the port of Sydney and a panoramic drive through the historic North End. Once acquainted with the area, step back in time to 1744 and experience the Fortress of Louisbourg—the largest fortified town outside of Europe. Louisbourg was once a thriving seaport and capital of Île Royale (Cape Breton Island). —the third busiest harbour in North America and one of France's key centers of trade and military strength in the New World. Situated along a rocky Atlantic coastline, the site now serves as an exciting and entertaining lesson in Canadian, American, French and British history. You’ll see a selection of buildings and exhibits as costumed actors reenact the lives of specific individuals residing here during the pre-siege era.


    Experience the life of a military officer as you visit the home of Captain and Madame DeGannes. Discuss household duties with the servant in the Engineer’s Residence and discover some tip and tricks for open-hearth cooking (which every domestic cook needs to know); then wander up to the spectacular chapel in the King’s Bastion. If you’re interested, stop and talk to a soldier about his guard duty, living conditions, security and (most interestingly) diet.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The Fortress operates slightly differently during Shoulder season and Peak season dates by the end of June, the site will begin to fill with more costumed interpreters as they ramp up for peak season. After Labour Day, the Fortress of Louisbourg winds down once again with a decrease in the number of costumed animators interpreting the buildings & displays.


    Involves a considerable amount of walking. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress warmly; a jacket or windbreaker is highly recommended.


    Walking at your leisure on uneven grassy inclines, wooden decking, beaten pathways and cobblestone. Terrain at the fortress may be difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. This tour is not recommended for persons with special mobility needs or wheelchairs. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress warmly, bring a jacket or windbreaker.


    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Siberian K9 Kennel & Lodge

    Petropavlovsk, Russia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Kamchatka is home to the famous sled dogs. Learn all about the care and feeding of these majestic animals as you visit the Siberian K9 Kennel and Lodge and enjoy local performance followed by Russian lunch.


    Drive to the Siberian K9 Kennel and Lodge in an all-terrain vehicle. The kennel sits in the lowland under the auspices of two magnificent volcanoes, Avacha and Koryak – you will have a great view of their snow-covered peaks as you make your way through the city and into the countryside.


    On arrival at the kennel, it is time to meet the huskies who help the locals travel across this harsh and frozen landscape. You may choose to have a guide take you through the kennel and lodge, explaining the breeding and upbringing of the huskies. Learn how these industrious animals are harnessed and led by professional mushers as well as children and witness a short dogs’ harnessing demonstration. You will also enjoy a local dance/song show together with a typical Russian lunch, tea and traditional pancakes (blinis). A comfortable lodge will be at your disposal during the whole duration of your stay at the kennel. Depending on weather conditions, you might enjoy the opportunity of exploring around the kennel and the nearby forest.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The drive to/from the Siberian Kennel & Lodge by ATV can be bumpy. There may be plenty of snow at the Kennel this time of the year. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable warm clothes, a weatherproof jacket and comfortable, sturdy/rubber boots.
    • Adult from: $299.00 USD
    • Child from: $299.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Meal
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    Bushwalk & Cultural Experience

    Eden, Australia

    Duration 4 hrs

    A bushwalk with a National Park guide and aboriginal guide introduces you to the natural beauty of this region and its rich aboriginal culture.


    Experience the natural beauty and history of this region on this walking tour through the National Park. The walk to Haycock Point provides spectacular coastline views. Australian flora and fauna is a feature of the walk with likely sightings of sea eagles and Australian gannets and other bush birds. You may even come across a friendly kangaroo.


    This tour includes a strong Aboriginal component presented by an Aboriginal Elder through his art and artefacts, which begins with a traditional smoking ceremony. The cultural activities are presented in a pleasant, sheltered, grassed area and time is available for guests to ask questions and enjoy light refreshments.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tours is subject to availability of aboriginal guide, weather and bushfire conditions. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather - jacket and wet weather gear is recommended as well as sturdy, fully enclosed footwear, sun protection, insect repellent and drinking water. Participants must be 6 years of age or older
    • Adult from: $135.00 USD
    • Child from: $115.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    Great Patagonian Adventure

    Puerto Madryn, Argentina

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy this adventure and nature experience in Patagonia. You’ll spend time at a penguin reserve, see wildlife and enjoy a lunch of roasted Patagonian lamb in the rustic setting of Estancia San Lorenzo.


    Peninsula Valdez is one of the finest wildlife reserves in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It provides an outstanding natural habitat for sea lions, sea elephants, seals and birds. Enjoy a brief stop at the small Visitors Center to view exhibits on the flora and fauna and drive to Punta Norte to see a colony of sea lions and elephant seals.


    Visit Estancia San Lorenzo, home to a huge penguin rookery. Here you’ll transfer to Golfo San Matias to see a large colony of Magellanic penguins. You’ll have time to observe them, learn about their habits and take photographs. You might even encounter other wildlife here. Enjoy a hearty lunch at the estancia, before or after your penguin experience.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1/2 mile of walking over uneven, cobblestone, sand, steep terrain and 30 steps. Buses may not be air-conditioned and travel along bumpy, dusty roads. Although wildlife sightings are frequent, they are not guaranteed. Do not get too close or touch wildlife.
    • Adult from: $349.00 USD
    • Child from: $309.00 USD
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Conwy Castle

    Holyhead, Wales, United Kingdom

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Explore marvelous Conwy Castle, considered by many to be the most impressive of all the Welsh castles. Boasting massive towers and a well-preserved wall that soars to an imposing height, the Castle is truly an awesome sight to behold.


    Your journey takes you across the island of Anglesey and a short distance along the North Wales coastline to the old town of Conwy and magnificent Conwy Castle, one of the finest medieval fortifications in the United Kingdom. Its two fortified gateways and eight stone towers sit on a rocky outcrop, making the castle look almost impenetrable. Although ruined now, remains dramatically striking as it stands by the River overlooking a somewhat peculiarly designed pair of bridges that bring the road and railway into the town. Built by Edward I in the 1280s, the castle is so extraordinary that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    From the castle runs the original medieval town wall which is 1400 yards long and has an average height of 30 feet. This was built at the same time as the castle and is the best example in Britain of the defense works introduced by Edward I. Conwy's old wall is virtually intact all around the town, fortified with 21 towers and 3 gateways. As a result, Conwy town center has never been over-run by modern development (all of which has happened outside the walls) and therefore, retains a wonderful ambiance.


    The castle tour makes a fine introduction to your exploration of the village of Conwy, where you will have some free time to wander through streets that remain essentially the same as they were in medieval times or join the guide for a walking tour.


    • Adult from: $59.00 USD
    • Child from: $35.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
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    Traditional Holland & Windmills

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 8 hrs

    Holland is known for its white and blue pottery as well as the iconic windmills that dot the countryside.


    Begin with a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside to Delft. On arrival, visit the Delft Porceleyne Fles, the manufacturer of the world-famous Delft Blue ceramics. While touring the factory you'll have a chance to observe the production process and have some time to browse the gift shop.


    Join your guide for a short walk of Delft’s city center, followed by nearly 2-hours of free time for lunch on your own and independent exploration or shopping.


    Then, your tour continues to The Hague for an orientation drive through the city. See the Dutch government buildings, the spectacular Peace Palace, where the International Court of Justice is situated, and numerous other interesting buildings and sights.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 1 1/2 miles of walking over uneven and cobblestone terrain. Wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Visby Walk & Historical Museum

    Visby, Sweden

    Duration 3 hrs

    Journey back into Visby's past during a walking tour through this Medieval city, and a visit to Gotland's Fornsalen Museum.


    Visby, the Capital of Gotland, boasts a swashbuckling history that began in the Viking Age, and was followed by a flourishing Medieval period and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League. Today, however, Visby is best known as the Town of Roses and Ruins, and one of Sweden's most popular vacation resort destination.


    From the inner harbor proceed to Almedalen, the site of the Hanseatic Harbor. See the powder tower, the oldest remaining structure in Visby and nearby, stroll through the lovely Botanical Gardens. Continue your walk through the narrow winding, medieval streets to the evocative ruins of one of the medieval churches. Visit the Cathedral of St. Mary's which at one time belonged to the Germans and is the only one of the town's many medieval Churches still in use. Via Stora Torget, the main square, continue to Gotland's History Museum. In the museum, see the world's largest Viking Silver hoard and get an in-depth insight into all aspects of life on Gotland through the ages.


    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $35.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Dolphin Encounter All Inclusive

    Cozumel, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This tour was awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for three consecutive years - 2011, 2012 and 2013! Interact with the world’s most fascinating creatures in a tropical atmosphere for a 40-minute dolphin experience, enjoy unlimited food and drinks, snorkel with tropical fish in the natural aquarium and venture onto the ocean for kayaking and paddle boarding.


    You’ll meet your guide outside your cruise ship for an approximate 5-minute taxi ride along the coast to the facility. Upon arrival, you’ll attend a 10-minute interactive orientation session so you can learn more about the dolphins’ history, physiology and anatomy. Next, step onto a waist-deep platform in a sparkling lagoon to experience a world of dolphin excitement! Greet your new dolphin friend with a “fin shake”, a hug and a kiss. Time in the water with the dolphins is 40 minutes.


    By the end of this unforgettable experience, you’ll even be able to feed the dolphins - just like their trainers. Relax after your dolphin interaction and take full advantage of everything the facility has to offer. Stop by the palapa restaurant for lunch with the family and cool off with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Kids and adults alike will love Serenity Cove, a safe inlet with snorkel equipment where you can swim through an underwater aquarium filled with tropical fish, rays and starfish! Head out to the ocean for fun-filled activities like kayaking and paddle boarding. The Dolphin Encounter program includes all food, beverages, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Photos, videos, souvenirs and lockers are at an additional charge. After your tour you can easily walk into downtown Cozumel for some great shopping before heading back to the dolphin entrance where your transportation will take you back to the ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: SPECIAL Kids age 0-12 are free through 2/29/20. Participants must be at least 5 years old. Children under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Minimum age to snorkel is 8 years old and 10 years old for kayaking and paddle boarding. Guests with neck or back injuries or pregnant women are not allowed to participate. For the safety of the dolphins, remove all sunscreen, jewelry, hats and glasses.


    Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years old. Snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding activities are offered at the site on a first come, first serve basis and are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. The optional activities have no monetary value in the event of weather cancellation. Dolphin observer ticket available for purchase onboard.


    • Adult from: $125.00 USD
    • Child from: $115.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Whale & Dolphin Watch & Tarifa Village

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 8 hrs

    Explore the enchanting town of Tarifa at the southern tip of Spain and then cruise the Strait of Gibraltar looking for the many whales and dolphins that frequent these waters.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive south, passing through small villages and the gorgeous countryside that characterizes the southernmost part of Spain. In time, you will reach Tarifa, a charming town overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.


    A former Roman settlement, Tarifa feels wonderfully casual and its narrow, cobbled streets invite exploration. As you stroll through the most historical part of town, you can expect to see St. Matthew Church, white-washed houses adorned with wrought iron and sections of the original castellated city walls.


    Continuing on to the waterfront, you will board a boat designed for whale watching and cruise into the Strait of Gibraltar. Across the water in Morocco, you will see the Rif Mountains, which stretch along the Mediterranean so closely that they make much of the land unsuitable for agriculture or development.


    Seven different species of whales and dolphins live in these waters, including pilot whales, sperm whales and striped dolphins. Chances are, you will see these magnificent creatures breaching the surface as they feed in the nutrient-rich waters. The experience will be unforgettable and well worth discussing over lunch on your own during free time in Tarifa.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during free time for lunch. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests should bring sun cream and warm clothes due to the wind on the boat. comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Whale & dolphin sightings are not guaranteed. The tour is weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice if the winds are too strong. Boat partially covered, access through a ramp, equipped with Toilet.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Turtle Cove Catamaran Sail & Snorkel

    St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Join this catamaran for an exhilarating sail to Buck Island's Turtle Cove. Your crew will provide you with snorkel gear and guidance for an unforgettable fun filled marine life adventure. The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea feature numerous species of coral reefs and tropical fish. You can't miss spotting the resident green sea turtles gliding along in their natural habitat while stopping to graze on the sea grasses below. Don't want to get wet, relax on the spacious deck. The fun continues on your return sail - join the party and enjoy the music and complimentary beverages.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age to snorkel. Maximum weight allowed is 275 lbs. A ladder with 5 to 8 steps is used to enter and exit the water from the sailboat. Snorkeling lesson and equipment, including snorkel vest are included. An alternate snorkeling site may be used if weather conditions are not favorable.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $65.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Weight
    • Snack
    • Family Recommended
    • Age

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 Friday, July 03, 2020 at 08:08pm