SHORE EXCURSIONS

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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: £130,64 GBP
    • Child from: £130,64 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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: £130,64 GBP
    • Child from: £130,64 GBP
    DURATION 5 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: £89,56 GBP
    • Child from: £81,34 GBP
    DURATION 5 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    WALKING TOUR OF PAAMIUT

    Paamiut (Frederikshab), Greenland

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Escorted around town by a local, you’ll be introduced to life in Greenland’s eighth-largest fishing village. Suffice it to say, rush hour is no big challenge in this burg. But living in Paamiut has its rewards for the 1,500-or-so souls who call it home. Their scattered skyline is colorful, their blue-black mountain backdrop is stunning – they even have a handsome stave church, one hotel and a supermarket. The fishing is excellent, the mitten-makers are busy, and the wildlife is contented. Minke and humpback whales swim by in the fjord, while white-tailed sea eagles (Greenlanders call them “Nattoralik”) guard the sky and bring good luck to those who spot them. A stop at a workshop that crafts coats from sealskin will provide a glimpse into the unique local economy – in Greenland, seal meat is a mainstay in the diet and no by-products are wasted.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Stroll the streets of tiny Paamiut with a local who knows its story and residents personally.
    • You will have an opportunity to view colonial harbor, museum area (no interior visit included), protected buildings, Church, Culture area, institution area, trade and administration area.
    • Be on the lookout for exciting wildlife, from majestic sea eagles in the sky to whales in the fjord.
    • Pass by a workshop where sealskin is crafted into mittens and coats in classic Greenland fashion.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of moderate walking, at times over uneven surfaces and up/down steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina before participating. Tour sequence may vary. There are no official guides in Paamiut. You will be escorted by a representative from the local community whose English might be broken. The local representatives were trained before the season 2022. However, the standard of guiding may differ considerably from that of other European countries. The local workshop is retail store. Ctaft demonstrations cannot be guaranteed. Unfortunately, there is no toilet facility available.
    • Adult from: £64,91 GBP
    • Child from: £64,91 GBP
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Sightseeing
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    Highlights of Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Drive through Greenland’s diminutive capital, which nestles at the head of a fjord, and trace the town’s history through its marquee attractions.


    After departing from the pier, you will go to the suburbs of Nuussuaq to have a photo stop at the private boat harbor. Then proceed with a panoramic drive to the viewpoint at Iiminaq passing the more contemporary suburbs Qinngorput and the University. Take pictures of the fjord at the photo stop by the cemetery. you will soon find yourself in downtown Nuuk, the world’s smallest capital and Greenland’s biggest town. Nuuk means “headland,” a reference to its location at the tip of a peninsula at the mouth of an extensive fjord system.


    Missionary Hans Egede officially founded the city in 1728, although Inuits, Vikings and various other groups had lived here on and off for about 4,000 years. It’s still a captivating historical setting. As you drive around town, pausing every so often for photos, you will see landmarks that include the Parliament, the University of Greenland and Katuaq, a cultural venue whose modern design was inspired by the magical play of light on the ice and snow.


    The National Museum occupies several buildings around the colonial harbor, where a statue of Egede overlooks the sea. Other prominent historical buildings include Nuuk Cathedral. Consecrated in 1849, it was constructed with so-called half-timbering, a technique where the timber frame was filled with soapstone and talc. That was later covered with the red paneling seen today.


    -You will also drive through Nuuk’s neighboring suburbs, which include Nuussuaq and the more contemporary Qinngorput district. Regardless of where you travel, the craggy mountains provide a majestic backdrop as you return to the pier.

    Need to Know:

    The sights and their order viewed from the comfort of the coach and at viewpoints, the duration of the photo stops and the number of stops may vary due to peculiarities of arctic operations. The tour is panoramic in nature and walking is at the guests’ discretion during photo stops. You can expect a few guided photo stops and a short stop at the Colonial Harbor where you get off the coach and continue exploration of the historic town including Greenland National Museum (a visit is not included) on your own. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the bus and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Warm clothing, cap, sunglasses and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

    • Adult from: £73,13 GBP
    • Child from: £73,13 GBP
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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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: £163,50 GBP
    • Child from: £155,29 GBP
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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: £171,72 GBP
    • Child from: £171,72 GBP
    DURATION 12 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    GL-TUSCAN ORGANIC FARMING EXPERIENCE

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    • Adult from: £385,34 GBP
    • Child from: £385,34 GBP
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - The Two of Scotland's Best in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 2 3/4 hrs

    Experience the joys of two iconic Scottish activities: drinking a wee dram of whisky and playing the bagpipes.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a downtown venue for a whisky tasting. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will host the event, in which the whiskies will be served at cask strength. That means the drams will not have been subjected to chill filtration or any other interference that would alter their tastes.


    You will be served three drams, a dram being an eighth of a fluid ounce. The tasting will reveal the remarkable variety within the distillation processes and present the complexities that the different oak casks and aging times impart.


    Before each dram is sampled, one of the society’s members will describe the whisky’s characteristics. Some whiskies might taste spicy and dry while others may be heavily peated with strong smoky flavors. The experience will be enlightening and entertaining.


    Your immersion into the world of bagpipes will be just as fulfilling. Louise Marshall, one of Scotland’s most renowned pipers, will lead your workshop. She has played for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI, and her instruction will be based on years of experience.


    Marshall will teach you basic chanter techniques, show you how bagpipes work and describe the instrument’s history. If you wish to look the part, Scottish attire such as kilts, sporrans and feather bonnets will be available.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing; there will be some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, and are able to make their own way on and off the vehicle and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. And for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Children under the age of 18 will be offered light refreshments instead of Whisky but will not be allowed to enter the Members Room, where drinks can be purchased, and instead will remain in the Cask Room. This tour must be purchased no later than 3 days prior to the operating date

    • Adult from: £188,15 GBP
    • Child from: £188,15 GBP
    DURATION 2 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Like a Parisian in the Marché D'Aligre

    Paris (Le Havre), France

    Duration 9 1/2 hrs

    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. You may see the finest chefs in Paris stocking up their kitchens, locals engaged in lively conversations as they browse the stalls and vendors proudly offering tastings of their wares. The guide will be an invaluable resource and introduce you to vendors who will happily elaborate on what makes their goods so special. Then, as a prelude to spending a bit of free time in the area, you will linger over a glass of wine at a nearby wine shop. Before leaving Paris, you will also enjoy a panoramic drive, taking in some of the iconic landmarks.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies.
    • Meet venders that the guide personally knows and sample some of their offerings.
    • Reflect on the experience over a glass of wine in a Parisian shop.
    • Drive through Paris, passing some of the most iconic landmarks.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about two hours of walking and standing, 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: £303,18 GBP
    • Child from: £286,75 GBP
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Undiscovered Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore parts of Edinburgh that are often overlooked but shouldn’t be, as these revitalized areas have become thriving destinations.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach Dean Village, a historical area of Edinburgh where grains were milled for 800 years. Once a separate village where many mill workers lived, it still seems vastly different from busier Edinburgh.


    Highlights include a 19th-century residential building for the mill workers known as Well Court and Dean Bridge, which spans the Water of Leith. Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the ingenious Caledonian Canal, designed the bridge. While meandering about, you might also see decorative mill stones and stone plaques with carvings of baked breads and pies, a nod to the grains used to make them.


    Continuing on, you will next explore Stockbridge, a village on the north edge of Edinburgh that is wonderfully bohemian and artsy. Landmarks include the Roman temple-inspired St. Bernard’s Well, whose waters supposedly have medicinal qualities, and the Stockbridge Colonies, a cluster of 19th-century stone homes that is really a village within a village.


    A leisurely walk to Leith follows. A port for more than 1,000 years, Leith has been thoughtfully renovated and revitalized, yet its historical character has remained intact. During the guided portion of your visit, you might see what was once the largest swing bridge in the United Kingdom, a 17th-century signal tower that was originally a windmill, and the statue of Roberts Burns. During free time, you can explore even further.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking/standing; there will be some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate 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 are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

    • Adult from: £130,64 GBP
    • Child from: £130,64 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Recipes with 1001 Stories

    Cartagena, Spain

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Tour a country estate with one of the owners, who will regale you with stories of the family’s history as a prelude to a picnic. Generations of the family have lived at the estate, and there are countless stories about their lives, the founding of the property and how the Murcian region has changed over the decades. Farms sprawl across much of the land in Murcia, some of them dedicated to growing grapes for wine and others devoted to fruits and vegetables that thrive in the semi-arid Mediterranean climate. As part of your tour, the owners of the estate will share the family cookbook, whose recipes have been handed down for generations. You will hear entertaining stories about the recipes and see handwritten notes in the margins that show how they have been altered to make the dishes even more delectable. Afterwards, you will picnic in the countryside and taste just how spectacular Murian cuisine can be.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Spend time with the owners of a country estate who will show you around their property.
    • Gain an understanding of the local agriculture and see family recipes that make the most of it.
    • Enjoy a picnic in the countryside with dishes that reflect traditional Murian cuisine.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 2½ 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. This tour has a limited capacity, so pre-book as early as possible.

    • Adult from: £147,07 GBP
    • Child from: £147,07 GBP
    DURATION 4 3/4 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 Friday, August 19, 2022 at 07:26am