SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Butchart Gardens, Picnic & Victoria Highlights

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    See Victoria’s highlights then smell the fragrant flowers at Butchart Gardens and tantalize your taste buds with a bountiful picnic. With views of Beacon Hill Park as well as rolling landscapes and farmland en route, you'll arrive at Canada’s famed National Historic Site - Butchart Gardens.


    The gardens were transformed from a lifeless rock quarry to a horticultural masterpiece over 100 years ago. Stroll at your own pace through 55 acres of beautiful blooms and themed gardens. Upon arrival you'll be directed to your picnic site on the residence lawn and provided with your picnic basket prepared from fresh and locally grown organic produce. You may choose to enjoy your picnic on the lawn over a ground cover or at a picnic table.


    On your return, enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour of Victoria’s downtown area, including Chinatown, the historic Empress Hotel and the picturesque Parliament buildings. Your participation on this excursion will help support the local James Bay Community School, allowing vulnerable families the opportunity for their children to be able to partake in youth getaways, summer sports camps and more.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking time and distance is at guest's discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. Order of sights may vary. You'll be at the gardens for about 2 hours and 45 minutes. There are no carts or trams inside the gardens. Most of the Gardens are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of "the mound" in the Sunken Garden and certain sections of the Japanese Gardens. Complimentary manual wheelchairs are available at the Gardens for a $10 refundable deposit. They cannot be reserved and are on a first-come-first-served basis, though we have never encountered a situation in which they have run-out of wheelchairs. The Gardens are 100% non-smoking and non-vaping in all areas, including the parking lot. Selfie-sticks" are not permitted inside the Gardens.
    • Adult from: $219.00 USD
    • Child from: $169.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
    • Accessibility
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    Victoria by Bike

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Duration 1 3/4 hrs

    Victoria is known as the cycling capital of Canada and offers great cycling routes throughout the city. Join your guide on a leisurely circular route through quiet neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and see some of the highlights of this lovely city. At Ogden Point you’ll be provided with a suitable bicycle, safety gear, and safety procedures to follow.


    Your guide will highlight numerous points of interest on your ride and answer any questions that you may have. Stops will be made at Fisherman’s Wharf, the downtown shopping district and Chinatown. On your return, you’ll pass the majestic Parliament Buildings, The Empress Hotel and the Royal British Columbia Museum. You may ride back to the pier with your guide or enjoy more time here and return to the ship on your own.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age. A reasonable level of fitness is required and biking experience is essential. Participants should be able to ride approximately 6 miles, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Route has been chosen to avoid uphill climbs. Dress in warm layers and bring rain-gear. Informal rests and photo stops will be taken as needed. Equipment is provided. Order of sights may vary.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 1 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    The Old Colonial Havana

    Havana, Cuba

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Havana, founded in 1519 by the Spanish crown, became one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building by the 17th century. Today, it is a metropolis with approximately 2.1 million residents that invites guests to discover a complex mosaic of colors and rhythms, an interesting mix of Baroque, neo-classical and Renaissance architecture, and a wonderful assortment of cuisine to delight the senses.


    Before departing the pier, you will see the historic Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, created in the 16th century when Spanish galleons stopped by at the harbor on their passage through the Indies to Spain. The plaza underwent a full restoration in the late 1990s and is most significant for its uneven cobblestones and the white marble Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions) carved by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini in 1836.


    Then you will continue on to Havana’s Old Square. This architecturally eclectic square, where Cuban baroque meets Gaudí-inspired art nouveau was first built in 1559 and was originally named Plaza Nueva (New Square). The square was initially used for military exercises but later served as an open-air marketplace, where you can now also see bars, restaurants and cafes. The square has its own micro-brewery, the Angela Landa primary school, a beautiful fenced-in fountain and, on its west side, some of Havana's finest stained-glass windows. Plaza Vieja has had various uses, the last of which was an underground parking lot, but when the city of Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, the square was restored to the historic plaza it is today.


    While in Old Square, you will be able to admire the restored colonial buildings from the 17, 18 and 19th centuries and take in the many attractions popular to both Cubans and visitors, like street performances and visual arts.


    Afterwards, you will return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves walking for the full duration of the tour, mostly in asphalt and cobblestone. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera, wear flat/comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Rain gear and/or an umbrella is recommended. This tour is OFAC compliant.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    The Life of Hemingway in Havana

    Havana, Cuba

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    The famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “I live in Cuba because I love Cuba".


    After departing the pier, enjoy a 15-minute walk to La Bodeguita del Medio, made famous thanks to the rum-swilling exploits of Ernest Hemingway. This is Havana’s most celebrated bar.


    Past visitors have included Salvador Allende, Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole, all of whom have left their autographs on La Bodeguita’s wall, along with thousands of others.


    Your tour continues as you walk through Obispo street to El Floridita, known as the ‘’cradle of the daiquiri’’. El Floridita was a favorite of expat Americans long before Hemingway dropped by in the 1930s, hence the name. Bartender Constante Ribalaigua invented the daiquiri soon after WWI, but it was Hemingway who popularized it and ultimately the bar christened a drink in his honor: The Papa Hemingway Special.


    Afterwards, you will go to "Finca Vigía," Hemingway's house in Cuba. Finca Vigia is located in the small, working-class town of San Francisco de Paula. Built in 1886 by the Spanish Architect Miguel Pascual y Baguer, Finca Vigia was purchased by Hemingway in 1940 for a cost of $12,500. There, Hemingway wrote two of his most notable novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. A Movable Feast was written there as well.


    Afterwards, you will return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves some walking, about 15 min. mostly in asphalt, and there is a staircase in Hemingway’s house. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera, and wear flat, comfortable shoes. This tour is OFAC compliant.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    In Alaska's Wildest Kitchen

    Icy Strait Point, Alaska

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Your host will meet you at the Adventure Center for a short walk to Alaska's Wildest Kitchen. Here you'll experience a 1 1/2 hour hands-on tasting session hosted by an experienced Alaskan fisherwoman, wilderness chef and storyteller extraordinaire. Learn what sets Alaskan seafood apart, including local fishing, preserving and cooking techniques. Watch an expert filleting demonstration and grill your own sample of the catch of the day over a custom made alder-wood grill.


    You'll enjoy a tasting menu which may include fresh and canned salmon dishes, grilled halibut and seasonal herbs and vegetables. One alcoholic beverage and printed recipes included in the tour. If you love food and are interested in hearing about a unique Alaska woman's way of life, this is the tour for you.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age.
    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Meal
    • Age
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    Spasski River Valley & Wildlife

    Icy Strait Point, Alaska

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Your guide will meet you in the Adventure Center for a brief safety talk before heading out to the bus for your 2 1/2 hour tour. Your journey out to the Spasski River is a tour in itself with your local guide narrating as you travel through the Tlingit village of Hoonah and through the forests and muskegs of Chichagof Island.


    You'll want to keep an eye out for bald eagles, woodpeckers, Sitka black-tailed deer and the Alaska coastal bear. When you arrive at the river, your guide will lead you on "the trail of the bear," a boardwalk that follows in the footsteps of the island's largest inhabitant, as well as other wildlife that have used this area for thousands of years to access the bounty of the river and surrounding valley.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age. You'll be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity therefore, sightings cannot be guaranteed. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Adult from: $135.00 USD
    • Child from: $135.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    Scenic Madeira

    Funchal, Madeira

    Duration 3 hrs

    This panoramic tour will take you to Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world offering breathtaking views. Next you’ll visit Camara de Lobos, the traditional fishing village that inspired Sir Winston Churchill to paint its lovely surroundings. It was named by explorers Joao Goncalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira because of the shape of its bay and the many sea lions (lobos de mar) that lived there at the time. Here you’ll have free time to explore this traditional, picturesque village. You’ll then be driven towards Funchal to sample the famous Madeira wine at the Madeira Wine Company.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves walking on level ground with some steps in order to gain access to the edge of the cliff at Cabo Girao and at the Madeira Wine Lodge. A jacket is recommended as Madeira has a microclimate.
    • Adult from: $59.00 USD
    • Child from: $33.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Pearl Harbor & USS Missouri (Designated Hotel Drop Off)

    Honolulu, Oahu

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Celebrate the honor, valor and courage of the World War II US servicemen on this special tour. This nostalgic journey takes you to the two places that marked the beginning and the end of the war for the United States - Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri.


    The 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will unfold in detailed narrations and photos. From here you'll travel across the Ford Island Bridge to the historic USS Missouri battleship, nicknamed the 'Mighty Mo.' Explore the passages, rooms and corridors on a self-guided tour.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour drops off at the Waikiki Beach Marriott and Hilton Hawaiian Village. Effective 9/22/18 the drop-off will only be at the Hilton Hawaiian Village – Grand Islander Bus Terminal. Due to heightened security, absolutely no purses, backpacks, fanny packs or camera cases are allowed at Pearl Harbor. Cameras are permitted, but not camera cases. Snacks will be available for purchase. Participants must be able to safely climb a nearly vertical ladder if they wish to experience some areas of the USS Missouri. On rare occasions the Navy may discontinue the motor launch service to the Arizona Memorial due to weather and safety concerns - a visit to the Visitors Center will still be made.
    • Adult from: $114.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Debark
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    Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography

    Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

    Duration 3 1/4 hrs

    Led by a professional photographer, this tour will provide you with tips and techniques on photography while you shoot some of the most iconic images of New Brunswick, including a Bay of Fundy beach, a working fishing wharf, waterfalls, and more!


    Your coastal adventure also includes a photo stop at renowned Reversing Falls Rapids, where the mighty Bay of Fundy causes the Saint John River to reverse direction twice every day and flow upstream! This excursion takes you off the beaten path and along the coast so that you can enjoy the scenic beauty of New Brunswick.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour has very limited capacity, please book early. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $75.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Black Swan Electric Boat Cruise

    Harvest Caye, Belize

    Duration 30 min

    Come aboard our luxurious electric launch, the Black Swan, docked at the Harvest Caye Marina, she is totally canopy covered for protection from the sun or rain and has comfortable lounge type seating with throw pillows. Sit back, relax and enjoy a 30 minute educational, quiet and environmentally friendly electric boat cruise along the western coast of Harvest Caye. There will be many photo ops, including a close-up of your beautiful ship, as we exit the marina, also the Harvest Caye Flighthouse, Mayan Mountains and maybe even a docile manatee. Enjoy this totally relaxing, whisper quiet tour with friends or family, while sipping on a complementary rum or fruit punch on-board the Black Swan. Free wifi on board.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age and weigh no more than 300 lbs.
    • Adult from: $39.00 USD
    • Child from: $39.00 USD
    DURATION 30 min
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Monaco On Your Own

    Cannes, France

    Duration 8 hrs

    If you would like to explore Monaco, a glamorous enclave on the French Riviera on your own, this private motor coach transfer is ideal.


    You’ll be picked up at the pier and then dropped off at a central location in Monaco where you will have approximately 2 hours of free time.


    After your allotted time in Monaco, you’ll rejoin your motor coach to take you to Monte Carlo where you can explore for another 2 hours before returning to coach one final time for your drive back to Cannes.


    A tour escort will be traveling with you to and from the ship and will answer any questions you may have about sightseeing or shopping.


    Need to Know:

    Note:

    Tour is not recommended for guests with mobility concerns or traveling with a wheelchair as there is approximately 10 minute walk and 80 steps from the coach parking area to Casino Square. All meals and incidental expenses are at the guest's own expense. Please return to the meeting point no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Those who are late for the return transfer will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense. Drop-off location may vary so check with your escort.


    Of special note - If guests wish to visit the cathedral, suitable attire is recommended. No exposed shoulders or knees; shorts and tank tops are not acceptable. During the day casual attire is permitted for visiting the casino and formal wear is required at night. To enter the casino, a photo ID or a passport is required and there is an entrance fee of approximately 10 Euros. The Grand Casino is only open in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. onwards.


    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $65.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Molokini Zodiac Turtle Snorkel

    Kahului, Maui

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters off Maui’s south shore, where you will find coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and an area just off the beach known for its many sea turtles.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic ride across the neck of Maui to lovely Maalaea Bay on the island’s southern shore. Here, you’ll board a Zodiac vessel that is ideal for navigating into areas such as Molokini Crater, a snorkeling paradise.


    Geologists believe that the crater was formed following a volcanic eruption about 230,000 years ago and soon filled with seawater. The crescent-shaped crater and surrounding 77 acres have since been deemed a protected Marine Life Conservation District and Bird Sanctuary, and wildlife is abundant below and above the water’s surface.


    While snorkeling along the crater’s coral reefs, you can expect to see brightly colored Picasso triggerfish, yellow tang, parrot fish and Moorish idol. The white spotted puffer is another common species that is easily recognized, especially if it feels threatened and puffs up.


    Sea birds including the Bulwer’s petrel and wedge-tailed shearwater can usually be seen feeding on the surface. Amazingly, the shearwater is also capable of reaching depths of more than 200 feet to feed.


    More wildlife and a lunch break awaits you at nearby Turtle Town, an area just off Maluaka Beach that supports an enormous population of Hawaiian green sea turtles. Known locally as “honu,” these slow-moving, graceful creatures are spectacular to watch, especially as they feed on algae close to the shore.


    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal

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 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 08:59pm