Family Cruise Travel Planner, 2019 Edition

2019 Family Cruise Travel Planner

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Chapter XII- Inside Information on Shore Excursions, the Most Sought-After Cruise Experience

Shore excursions are perhaps the most highly anticipated event on a cruise. They offer the opportunity for entertainment, adventure, education, and even enlightenment. The cruise lines offer a great variety of activities in almost any given port on an itinerary, but there’s another option worth considering: shore excursions through CruiseCompete.

CruiseCompete links you to third-party shore excursion providers, giving you access to higher quality shore excursions at substantially lower prices than the cruise lines offer. You’ll also enjoy a more intimate tour experience away from the crowds.

Click on the links below to find out more about the excursions offered through CruiseCompete:

Find Shore Excursions by Port

Find Shore Excursions by Ship

Here are seven great reasons to book your shore excursion through CruiseCompete.

1. Cruise lines generally mark up their shore excursions by thirty to fifty percent. CruiseCompete offers the same excursions, so why pay more for the same experience?

Another note: additional trips are seriously discounted. If you intend to purchase all of your shore trips individually, the cost may be prohibitive. However, if you purchase shore excursions as a bundle, there are huge price advantages…and you get to take them all!

2. Personalized attention and appreciation. Unlike the cruise line tours that routinely travel with more than fifty people per tour, the average tour size booked through CruiseCompete is only twelve This translates to far more personalized, relaxed, and enjoyable experience.

3. Private shore excursions. CruiseCompete’s shore excursion experts can book an exclusive tour…designed by you. No need to visit crowded, undesirable locations; you can choose the locations and activities that interest you most.

4. Excursions that are easy to find upon leaving the ship. No wandering around lost for you! CruiseCompete provides detailed information for your excursion: How to spot the excursion’s local representative (where they’ll be standing, what they will be wearing, what sign they will be holding) plus the tour operator’s local telephone number and CruiseCompete’s 24/7 emergency hotline.

5. Time is on your side. Timeliness is generally presented as a big benefit when booking an excursion through a cruise line. But this is a case of much ado about nothing; it’s simply not that difficult for a company to plan an excursion that gets you back to your ship with time to spare: the tour operator just needs to look at the clock. However, in the very unlikely event that an excursion booked through CruiseCompete were to get back late and miss the ship, CruiseCompete will arrange and pay for your accommodations, meals, and transportation to the next port of call, and we will pay you an additional $500 per customer for the inconvenience.

6. Weather permitting. Weather can be one of those “unforeseen circumstances.” There’s no controlling inclement weather and/or changes to itineraries due to its effects. But again, this is a non-issue…if an excursion is missed due to weather issues, passengers receive a full refund. To our knowledge, CruiseCompete shore excursions are the only ones that makes these guarantees.

7. Exclusive advantages, no more! There used to be two exclusive advantages to cruise line excursions: guaranteed return to your ship, and a full automatic refund if your excursion was cancelled because the ship missed the port. However, this is no longer true; CruiseCompete’s shore excursions deal with both these issues, and they actually give a guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your excursion for any reason, CruiseCompete provides a full refund.

Among the most popular shore excursions are visits to sites of spiritual significance. These “sacred sites” reflect a common thread between the great religions and are viewed as places where the faithful can go for healing, guidance, or divine inspiration.

There are innumerable sites that can now be visited via shore excursion; what follows is a list of some of the most popular “sacred places” that are accessible via cruise ship:

Asia/Far East
Beijing, China, Hanging Monastery
Beppu, Japan, Beppu Onsen
Delhi, India, Taj Mahal
Delhi, India, Rishikesh
Hiroshima, Japan, Peace Memorial Park
Kochi, Kanyakumari, India, 3 oceans unite, Ghandi Memorial
Mumbai, India, Ajanta and Ellora caves
Qingdao, Tai Shan, China, Tai Shan Dai Mai Complex
Shanghai, South Korea, Lotus Lantern Festival
Shimizu, Japan, Mt Fuji
Taipei, China/Taiwan, Wenwu Temple
Yangon, Myanman, Bagan

Bridgetown, Trinidad and Tobago, Diwali

Bordeaux, France, Lourdes
Bucharest, Romania, Hurezi Monastery
Cologne, Germany, Aachen Cathedral
Cologne, Germany, Shrine of the Three Kings
Dublin, Ireland, Newgrange
Holyhead, Holywell, Wales, St Winefride’s Well
Lisbon, Portugal, Our Lady of Fatima
Madrid, Spain, Mezquita
Beaches of Normandy, France, Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Paris, France, Chartres Cathedral
Paris, France, Mont-St.-Michael
Southampton, England, Stonehenge

Cairo, Sinai peninsula, Mt Sinai/St. Catherine’s Monastery
Haifa, Nazareth / Galilee (Haifa), Israel, Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias)
Istanbul, Turkey, Blue Mosque
Livorno, Italy, Chapel of the Stigmata
Luxor, Egypt, Valley of the Kings
Rhodes, Greece, The Cave of the Apocalypse
Rome, Italy, Abbazia Di San Galgano
Rome, Italy, St. Peter’s Basilica

Middle East
Aqaba, Jordan, Petra

North America
Baltimore, Virginia, Arlington National Cemetery
Huatulpo, Mexico, Day of the Dead
New York, New York, Ground Zero

South America
Copacabana, South America, Islands of the Sun and Moon
Easter Island, South Pacific, Easter Island
Lima, Peru, Macchu Picchu/ Sacred Valley of the Inca