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You're in Roatan, which has drawn explorers to its shores for over 500 years. Think beaches, swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing and watersports. It's a beautiful place with lots to do and explore.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and NCL ships will dock at the Coxen Hole Cruise ship dock complex, which is on the west side of Coxen Hole. Carnival, Princess, Costa and Regent ships will dock at the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, which is located east of Coxen Hole in Dixons Cove. Shore excursions depart from each of the two cruise ship terminals.

We now provide rating information on most of the following tours. These star ratings come from Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and CruisePortInsider, and provide a good resource when you're deciding on whether to take an excursion, and if so, which one.

We now also provide tour pricing for most excursions, which were posted on the websites of Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean and NCL as of November 24, 2014. It's important to note that the actual price that you'll pay for the excursions may be higher than the prices we publish in our excursions pages.

If you have taken any of the tours listed below, we'd like your feedback on your experience. Please click on the link of the tour you took, and then click the "Write a Review of This Tour" link and tell us what you experienced.

Last Updated: November 24, 2014

Port in Roatan


Beach, Snorkel & Sailing Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Mahogany Bay Beach

Aerial Chairlift & Mahogany Bay Beach Break
6¼ hours

If you're anxious to bask on the beach in Roatan, this excursion will take you to Mahogany Bay Beach in style. You'll get an all-day pass to ride in the "Magical Flying Beach Chair," a 1,200 foot long chair lift that takes you from the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center to the beach.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking 1$s    




Mahogany Bay Beach

Relax on the Beach Package
6 to 6¼ hours           4 stars

For couples whose idea of paradise is just relaxing on a tropical beach, this excursion may fit your bill. Along with unlimited rides on the "Magical Flying Beach Chair," you get the use of two water floats and a Clam Shell that provides shade for two lounge chairs.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking Handicapped 2$s  




Mahogany Bay Beach

Relax on the Beach Plus Kayak Package
6 to 6¼ hours           4 stars

This excursion is for couples whose idea of paradise is just relaxing on a tropical beach. Along with unlimited rides on the "Magical Flying Beach Chair," you get the use of two water floats, a Clam Shell that provides shade for two lounge chairs and 30 minutes of kayaking.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking 3$s    




Mahogany Bay Beach

Relax on the Beach Plus Snorkel Package
6 to 6¼ hours           4 stars

This excursion is for couples whose idea of paradise is just relaxing on a tropical beach. Along with unlimited rides on the "Magical Flying Beach Chair," you get the use of two water floats, a Clam Shell that provides shade for two lounge chairs and gear for all day snorkeling.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking 3$s    




Mahogany Bay Beach

Ultimate Beach Package
6 to 8 hours           4 stars

You deserve it all! An excursion is for couples whose idea of paradise is just relaxing on a tropical beach, this tour features unlimited rides on the "Magical Flying Beach Chair," the use of two water floats, a Clam Shell that provides shade for two lounge chairs, gear for all day snorkeling and 30 minutes of kayaking.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking 3$s    




Mahogany Bay Beach

Beach Cabana Rental/ Aerial Chairlift, Mahogany Bay Beach & Cabana
6 to 6¼ hours           5 stars

For folks who want to do Mahogany Beach in style, this excursion gives you and three friends or family members the use of a furnished private, air-conditioned cabana located just steps from the water.

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Activity Level:

Low Walking 5$s    




Coral Reef

Mayan Princess All Inclusive Beach Escape
6 hours           3 stars

Get away from the crowds and spend a day in the upscale Mayan Princess Resort in West Bay. Their beach is great, and they've got a pool and Jacuzzi area that can't be beat. Includes a buffet lunch and all you can drink beachside bar.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus meal 3$s  




pirate flag

Pirate Beach (Las Palmas Beach Express)
Varies           3 stars

Maximize your beach time in Roatan with a visit to the Las Palmas Beach Club, located not far from Coxen Hole. Aside from the white sand beach, enjoy the amenities of the nearby artisans shops.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus Handicapped 1$s  




Snorkeler

Maya Key Private Island Retreat with Lunch/ Maya Key Private Island Retreat/ Maya Key Private Island, Animal Sanctuary & Lunch
4 to 5 hours           4 stars

Spend your day on a beautiful private island located just minutes from the Cruise Terminals. Whether you're swimming, lounging on the beach, taking in the ethnic Honduran art in the Exhibit Center or seeing exotic animals, there's lots of fun to be had at Maya Key.

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Activity Level:

Low boat meal 3$s  




Snorkeler

Maya Key Private Island Snorkeling with Lunch
5 hours           5 stars

One of the best things about Roatan is its Barrier Reef, and one of the best things about May Key is its spectacular portion of the reef. If you tire of snorkeling, there's a lot of other great things to do on Maya Key.

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Activity Level:

Low boat meal 3$s  




Palm tree

Tabyana Beach Break/ Tabyana Beach Break & Lunch/ Tabyana Beach Party
4 to 6 hours           4 stars

Enjoy a day at Roatan's most beautiful and popular beach. Your day pass includes round-trip transportation to Tabyana Beach, beach access, use of changing and shower facilities and a BBQ lunch.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus meal Handicapped 3$s




Coral reef

Tabyana Beach Snorkel & Lunch/ Tabyana Beach Party & Snorkel
6 hours           5 stars

Snorkel in some of Roatan's most amazing reefs during your day at Tabyana Beach. After taking in one of nature's greatest wonders, relax on the beach and enjoy a barbeque lunch.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal 3$s  




Monkey

Gumbalimba Preservation Nature Park & Tabyana Beach/ Tabyana Beach & Gumbalimba Preserve
6 hours           5 stars

Visit Gumbalimba Park and explore the botanical garden, the monkey refuge and the bird sanctuary. Then make your way to Tabyana Beach, Roatan's most popular beach, where a BBQ lunch awaits.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus meal 3$s  




roatanmonkey

Tabyana Beach Day & Gumbalimba
4½ hours           4 stars

Visit Gumbalimba Park and explore the botanical garden, the monkey refuge and the bird sanctuary. Then make your way to Tabyana Beach, Roatan's most popular beach, where a BBQ lunch awaits.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal 3$s  




Parrotfish

Sea and See Island Tour/ Roatan by Land and Sea/ Semi-Sub, West End Village, Culture Show & Cameos/ Glass Bottom Boat & Village
3½ hours           3 stars

Take a ride aboard the Coral Reef Explorer, a semi-submersible boat that was custom built to show off Roatan's underwater eco-system in total air-conditioned comfort. Then enjoy a visit to West End Village.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s    




Catamaran

Barefoot Catamaran Sail & Snorkel with Lunch/ Catamaran Coastal Sail, Snorkel & Lunch/ Deluxe Catamaran Sail & Snorkel with Lunch
4 to 5 hours           5 stars

Take a leisurely sail on the Graziafelice, a luxury catamaran, through the pristine waters of Roatan. Then it's time for snorkeling in the island's reefs--an adventure you'll remember for a long time.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal 3$s  




Swim fins

Jolly Roger Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
4½ hours

Hop aboard the Jolly Roger Catamaran for a wonderful 3 hours at sea. You'll not only take in a fantastic snorkel in the Roatan National Marine Reserve, but you'll spend additional time under sail along the Roatan coast.

 

Activity Level:

High Bus meal 3$s  




Coral reef

Shipwreck Snorkel & Beach
4½ hours            5 Stars

Enjoy a fun snorkel adventure as you take a guided tour of a shipwreck off of the Fantasy Island Beach Resort. After your snorkel, you can enjoy all of the amenities that the resort has to offer.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s    




Snorkeler

Underwater Museum & Snorkeling/ Underwater Museum and Reef Snorkel
3½ hours

Sandy Bay's Underwater Museum takes you on a snorkeling adventure as you view artifacts and objects from Honduras' history. This fun excursion lets you view everything from Mayan carvings to the hull of a real sunken Galleon to a spectacular coral garden.

 

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s    




Starcoral

West Bay Kayak & Snorkel
4½ hours           5 stars

Transfer to Half Moon Bay, where you will enjoy a snorkel in Roatan's first marine park. And after lunch, you'll paddle down the coastline in to West Bay in an ocean kayak. You'll even have time for shopping.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal 3$s  




Clear Kayak

Clear Kayak, Snorkeling & Gumbalimba Park
3 hours            4 Stars

Combine a kayak, snorkeling in Roatan's amazing barrier reef, and a visit to beautiful Gumbalimba Park and you've got a great day to remember!

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s    




Clear Kayak

Clear Bottom Kayak, Snorkel & Beach
4½ hours

Enjoy a clear kayak trip above Gumbalimba Park's reefs, then don your snorkeling gear to explore Roatan's amazing barrier reef up close and personal. And hang on the beach with the remainder of your time at Gumbalimba beach.

 

Activity Level:

High Bus 3$s    




Coral Reef

Snuba/ Snuba Adventure
3 to 3½ hours            5 Stars

Take in the bounty of the undersea world of Roatan with Snuba--a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. You'll enjoy a 45 to 60-minute underwater Snuba experience on this fun excursion.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s    




BOSS scooter

BOSS Underwater Adventure
3½ hours           5 stars

The BOSS (Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter) is a sea scooter that allows you to explore the undersea world, even if you are not experienced in Scuba diving. This fun tour will take you through a beautiful reef for a fun up-close experience.

 

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 4$s  

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Canopy Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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zipline

Zip-Line Express/ Express Zip Line Adventure (at Mahogany Beach)
1 to 1¼ hours            5 Stars

Talk about convenient; the entrance is just 50 feet from the Mahogany Bay Cruise Terminal. This canopy tour includes 13 platforms plus 11 exciting zipline traverses that will take you from the top of Roatan's mountainous backbone down to the beach.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Walking 3$s    




zipline

South Shore Zip Line Adventure
3½ hours           5 stars

The South Shore Zipline, located in West End, features 16 platforms and 13 zipline cables plus a suspension bridge, and the total line length is 2 miles. The longest zipline is 1,300 feet, and the highest you'll get will be 100 feet off the ground. It's a fun day in Roatan!

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Activity Level:

Moderate Van 3$s    




Screamer

Extreme Caribe Zip Line Tour
3 hours           5 stars

This is definitely the most extreme zip line tour on Roatan. The canopy tour includes 13 platforms, the longest of which is 1,980 feet. That's the longest traverse in North America!

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Activity Level:

High Bus 3$s    




Zip Line

Extreme Zip-Line/ Extreme Zip Line Adventure (at Mahogany Beach)
1 hour           5 stars

Located adjacent to the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, the Clip 'N' Zip zipline features 13 platforms and 11 ziplines, the longest of which is 1,980 feet. That's the longest traverse in North America!

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Activity Level:

High Walking 3$s    




Zip Line

Canopy Tour & Tabyana Beach
4½ hours            5 Stars

A great day in Roatan begins with the Monkey Trail Canopy at Gumbalimba Park, which features 13 exciting zipline traverses that will take you from the top of Roatan's mountainous backbone down to the beach. Then cool off at Tabyana beach.

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Activity Level:

High Bus 3$s    




Zip Line

Canopy & Gumbalimba Park
4½ hours            5 Stars

A great day in Roatan begins with the Monkey Trail Canopy at Gumbalimba Park, which features 13 exciting zipline traverses that will take you from the top of Roatan's mountainous backbone down to the beach. Then enjoy the sylvan attractions of Gumbalimba Park.

 

Activity Level:

High Bus 3$s    

Diving Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Scuba

Beginner's Scuba/ Discover Scuba Shore Dive/ Discover Scuba
3½ to 4½ hours            5 Stars

If you've ever had an interest in scuba diving, this excursion gives you the introduction to the sport. Your first dive will be in an area rated in the top five in the world. It's brilliant planning on your part!

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 4$s    




Scuba tanks

Certified 2-Tank Boat Dive with Equipment
5 hours

Roatan is one of the top diving spots in the world. The deep-water canyons are teeming with marine life. You'll take two dives in the waters located just a short ride away from Anthony's Key Resort.

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Activity Level:

High Van 4$s    




Scuba tanks

Certified 2-Tank Boat Dive without Equipment
5 hours

Roatan is one of the top diving spots in the world. The deep-water canyons are teeming with marine life. You'll take two dives in the waters located just a short ride away from Anthony's Key Resort.

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Activity Level:

High Van 4$s    




Scuba tanks

Certified 2 Tank Dive/ Certified Scuba Diving (Two Sites)/ Wall & Reef Certified Dive
4 to 5 hours            5 Stars

Roatan is one of the top diving spots in the world. The deep-water canyons are teeming with marine life. You'll take two dives in the waters located just a short ride away from Anthony's Key Resort.

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Activity Level:

High boat snack 4$s  




Scuba tanks

Certified Dolphin Dive/ Certified Scuba Diving with Dolphins/ Dolphin Scuba Dive
2 to 4 hours            5 Stars

This is a very special diving experience. You'll spend 45 minutes observing, photographing and playing with two dolphins at depths of up to 60 feet in a lagoon at Anthony's Key Resort

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Activity Level:

Moderate Van 4$s    

Dolphin Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Dolphin

Dolphin Encounter
2½ hours            5 Stars

This exciting adventure at Anthony's Key Resort gives you and the other members of your group an approximate 20- to 25-minute in-water experience interacting with dolphins.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 4$s    




Dolphin

Dolphin Encounter & Tabyana Beach
6 hours            4 Stars

This fun two-part adventure begins at Anthony's Key Resort, giving you and the other members of your group an approximate 30-minute in-water experience interacting with dolphins. Then you'll head for Tabyana Beach for some snorkeling or just relaxing.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus meal 4$s  




Dolphin

Dolphin Encounter & Museum
3 hours

This fun two-part adventure begins at Anthony's Key Resort, giving you and the other members of your group an approximate 30-minute in-water experience interacting with dolphins. Then you'll visit the local Roatan Museum to learn about the history of Roatan.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 4$s    




Dolphin Swim

Dolphin Action Swim
2½ hours           

Learn all about dolphin behavior, then enjoy 30 minutes interacting with a group of dolphins as you snorkel in their environment in a shallow lagoon. It promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 4$s    




Dolphin

Dolphin Swim & Snorkel
3 to 4 hours            5 Stars

Learn all about dolphin behavior, then enjoy an hour interacting with a group of dolphins as you snorkel in their environment in a shallow lagoon. It promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 4$s    

Eco Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Monkey

Gumbalimba Preservation Park/ Gumbalimba Preservation Nature Park & Scenic Drive/ Gumbalimba Preserve & Animal Sanctuary
3½ to 4 hours            4 Stars

Witness the beauty of Roatan's flora and fauna on your visit to Gumbalimba Park, and get your picture taken with a monkey. You'll also visit Coxen's Cave, one time home to pirate Captain John Coxen.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s    




Parrot

Pirates, Birds, & Monkeys of the Caribbean
2½ hours

Start your day's adventure with a visit to Gumbalimba Park, where you will explore Roatan's beautiful flora and fauna. Then relax or take a swim at the Gumbalimba Beach.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 2$s    




Butterfly

Botanical Gardens, West End Village, Cultural Show & Cameos
4½ hours

Begin with a guided tour of Carambola Botanical Gardens; then you're off to the Roatan Butterfly Garden. Next you'll have time to shop in West End Village, and cap it all off with a visit to the cameo factory.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s    




Orchid

Carambola Gardens & Island Tour
3½ hours            4 Stars

Begin with an hour-long guided tour of Carambola Botanical Gardens, seeing the plants, flowers and orchids, then you're given plenty of time to shop in West End Village.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s    




Orchid

Island, Gardens and West Bay Beach Tour
3½ hours            4 Stars

Begin with an hour-long guided tour of Carambola Botanical Gardens, seeing the plants, flowers and orchids, then you're given plenty of time to hang at a West Bay beach.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus snack 3$s  

Fishing Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Golf Clubs

Fishing Adventure
6 hours

If you've ever wanted to do some deep sea fishing in the rich, abundant waters of the Caribbean, this is the tour you have to take. Depending on the time of year, you'll target blue marlin or kingfish.

 

Activity Level:

Moderate boat snack 5$s  

Golf Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Golf Clubs

Black Pearl Golf Course
5 to 6 hours            5 Stars

Spend your day on Roatan on the 18-hole, par-72, 7,200 yard championship golf course created by world famous golf course architect Pete Dye. Avid golfers will come away with a smile.

 

Activity Level:

Moderate Van 4$s    

Hiking Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Hiking in Roatan

Eco-Hike & Pirates Bay Tourist Village
5 hours            5 Stars

Experience the beautiful flora and fauna of Roatan on this hike to Mount Mariah, one of the highest points on the island. The views are spectacular, and you'll burn off last night's cheesecake in no time!

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Activity Level:

High Walking snack 3$s  

Shopping, Island & Scenic Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




ship wreck

Best of Roatan Island Tour/ Best of Roatan Island
3½ hours           5 stars

Enjoy a boat ride in Dixon Cove's harbor, then visit Punta Gorda, where you'll take in "Yubu: the Garifuna Experience." This is a unique introduction to the ecology and culture of the Bay Island people.

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Activity Level:

Low boat snack Handicapped 3$s




Blue Iguana

Roatan Island Tour and Highlights/ Island Sightseeing, Iguana Farm & Beach Resort/ Island Sightseeing & Beach
3½ to 4 hours            4 Stars

Experience the beauty of Roatan on this scenic tour. Traveling to Panorama Hill, an iguana farm, Parrot Tree Hill and the Parrot Tree Resort, you'll visit parts of the island that most tourists never see.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s    




drum

Cultural Show, Scenic Drive and Cruise & Shopping
4 hours           

See a lot of Roatan in just a few hours. You'll explore the reefs, cays and shipwrecks in Dixon Cove harbor, then take in the "Yubu: the Garifuna Experience in Punta Gorda.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 3$s  




ship wreck

Sightseeing for People with Limited Mobility
3½ hours           3 stars

Designed for guests with limited mobility, this scenic tour takes you through the town of Coxen Hole, then stop at the cameo shot in Gravel Bay, visit the 18th century Methodist Church, and finish with a visit to the West End.

 

Activity Level:

Low Bus Handicapped 3$s  




ship wreck

Museum, Cameos & Village
3½ hours            31 Stars

Visit beautiful Anthony's Key Resort, home of the (tiny) Roatan Museum and the Roatan Institute for Marine Science, followed by shopping opportunities at West End Village and the Cameo Factory.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus snack 2$s  

Important Information


Notes on the above cruise excursions:

  • The information on the cruise excursions listed above was developed from publicly available sources.
  • The cruise lines may elect to add to, change, delete or otherwise alter the itineraries of the excursions above;
  • The cruise lines may restrict the number of passengers allowed to go on any particular excursion.
  • The cruise lines may impose other restrictions on any particular excursion, including height, weight, minimum age, etc.; make sure to check with them to determine if there are such restrictions.
  • There may be seasonal limitations on certain excursions or tours, such as whale watching. Be sure to check with your cruise line to determine if the tour in which you're interested is available when you're on your cruise.

Why buy a tour through the cruise lines?

  • They have selected tour operator partners who are safe, reliable, licensed and insured.
  • They offer a wide selection of tours, purchasing convenience and can provide expert advice on the most appropriate tour for you.
  • They offer a one price, no surprises policy, with no hidden fees.
  • They will be happy to credit your onboard account if you've already booked an excursion and there is a change in itinerary of the ship.
  • They will wait for you if your tour is late.

Footnotes


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